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Family Entertainment 2018

Family Entertainment: Classical picks

Radius Ensemble will perform at Concord Children’s Center April 29.
Radius Ensemble will perform at Concord Children’s Center April 29.Kate L Photography

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC The Boston Philharmonic’s performances are often introduced by spoken commentary from conductor Benjamin Zander, who has a gift for welcoming the uninitiated to classical music. Next up will be Elgar’s sweeping oratorio “The Dream of Gerontius” with Chorus pro Musica. April 20, 8 p.m. (conductor’s talk at 6:45), Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org

BACH, BEETHOVEN, & BRAHMS SOCIETY Under the direction of Steven Lipsitt, BB&B offers dynamic chamber orchestra concerts that allow a sense of close-up access to the music. The group’s next program will feature the VOICES Boston children’s chorus performing Bernstein’s music to “Peter Pan” as well as the young violinist Sirena Huang performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Converse Hall, April 22, 3 p.m., 617-991-8721, www.bbbsociety.org


BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS This essential local chorus is celebrating its 15th anniversary season with a multidisciplinary event involving song and dance — specifically, a new piece, created by Movement Art Is, about the challenges facing the country’s most vulnerable children. April 27-28, Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC Children’s ears can be uniquely unprejudiced, so why not show your kids that the phrase “living composers” is not in fact an oxymoron? Here Richard Pittman leads an inviting evening of premieres by David Rakowski, Sebastian Currier, and Bernard Hoffer alongside Ravel’s ever-popular “Bolero.” April 28, 8 p.m., Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center. 855-463-7445, www.nephilharmonic.org

OPERA ON SCREEN High-definition opera screenings will never substitute for the real thing, but they can be a practical and affordable way to introduce the art form. Coming up, the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series concludes for the year with a simulcast of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. April 28, 12:55 p.m., participating cinemas, www.metopera.org

RADIUS ENSEMBLE These ever-thoughtful chamber players offer a children’s concert featuring string quartets from around the Globe. April 29, 3 p.m., Concord Children’s Center, 1300 Main St., Concord. 617-792-7234, www.radiusensemble.org


A FAR CRY Taking its cue from a music-themed 16th-century Neapolitan fresco in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, A Far Cry offers a program exploring the contemporaneous birth of the world’s first conservatories. On the bill are works with pedagogic links by Scarlatti, Rossini, Berio, and others, as well as music by the winner of A Far Cry’s first Young Composers Competition. With soprano Sonja Tengblad and baritone Bradford Gleim. April 29, 1:30 p.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5159, www.gardnermuseum.org

FIRST MONDAY at NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY This gem of a monthly concert series, curated by cellist Laurence Lesser, is not designed for families per se, but all the performances (by NEC faculty and guest artists) are free, which is hard to beat when introducing younger listeners to high-level chamber music. The next program includes works by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Debussy.May 7, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu

BOSTON POPS This spring’s Pops season celebrates the legacy of Leonard Bernstein, culminating in three Keith Lockhart-led performances of “West Side Story.” May 9 to June 16,Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bostonpops.org

CHAMELON ARTS ENSEMBLE This dependably innovative chamber troupe offers a free family concert, capped by an instrumental petting zoo. June 2,2 p.m., Boston Public Library's Hyde Park branch. 617-427-8200,www.chameleonarts.org

Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Eichler.