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The ticket: Classical music

By Globe Staff 

VOICES Alexander Joel conducts a new Boston Lyric Opera production of Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” directed by Lillian Groag, with Erin Wall taking on the role of Hanna Glawari (Shubert Theatre, April 29-May 8); Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society in performances of Handel’s oratorio “Saul” (April 29 and May 1, Symphony Hall); and Scott Metcalfe directs Blue Heron in “Songs About Hope,” devoted to 14th-century songs by Machaut, Senleches, and others (April 29-May 1, multiple venues). www.blo.org,www.handelandhaydn.org,www.blueheronchoir.org

SOLO + CHAMBER The Celebrity Series presents Jordan Hall recitals by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (April 29) and pianist Emanuel Ax (May 1); A Far Cry partners with pianist Simon Dinnerstein to reimagine Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (April 30, St. John’s Church, Jamaica Plain); and Emmanuel Music hosts the Arneis String Quartet in an all-Mendelssohn program (May 1, Emmanuel Church). www.celebrityseries.org, www.afarcry.org, www.emmanuelmusic.org

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SOUND ICON This incisive new-music group teams up with engineers from IRCAM on a program featuring works by Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail, and Pierre Boulez. April 28, 7:30 p.m., ICA Boston. www.soundicon.org


Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com