ASHMONT HILL CHAMBER MUSIC Vibrant bass-baritone Dashon Burton appears in recital with a program including Dowland, Schumann, and spirituals (Sept. 16); the Jupiter String Quartet plays Schubert and Debussy (Oct. 14).
Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, Dorchester.
BOSTON BAROQUE Music director Martin Pearlman conducts the period-instrument orchestra in Beethoven’s energetic Symphony No. 7 and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The latter features Eric Hoeprich on the basset clarinet, the kind of instrument for which the concerto was probably written. Oct. 26 and 28. Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA The season opens with Rossini’s classic romantic comedy of errors “The Barber of Seville,” starring BLO veterans Matthew Worth as Figaro and Jésus Garcia as Count Almaviva opposite newcomer Daniela Mack as Rosina (Oct. 12-21). The new production at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre is directed by Rosetta Cucchi (BLO’s “La Bohème,” “The Marriage of Figaro”). The season continues at the Paramount Center with Tod Machover’s “Schoenberg in Hollywood,” a BLO commission and world premiere (Nov. 14-18). 617-542-6772, www.blo.org
BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Under the baton of the redoubtable Benjamin Zander, the Philharmonic begins its 40th-anniversary season with a program of Glinka and Brahms, with Cambridge cellist Jonah Ellsworth as soloist in Dvorák’s Cello Concerto (Oct. 18-21). The season continues with a feast of Ginastera, Ravel, and Strauss (Nov. 15-18). 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Fall at Symphony Hall starts a little late this year as Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu makes his BSO debut, leading Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and other works (Oct. 11-13). Pianist Garrick Ohlsson plays Rachmaninoff with the orchestra at Symphony Hall (Oct. 18-20), then joins the Chamber Players down the street at Jordan Hall (Oct. 21). And if you like Andris Nelsons, you’re in for a treat; six weeks of the music director on the podium begin with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Latvian composer Maija Einfelde’s “Lux Aeterna.” (Oct. 25-30). Later he conducts Shostakovich, Act II of “The Nutcracker,” and an Andris Dzenitis American premiere, “Mara” (Nov. 8-13). 888-266-1200, www.bso.org
A FAR CRY
Boston’s self-conducted string orchestra hangs musical “Portraits” by composers including Respighi, Bernstein, William Grant Still, and Jessica Meyer (a world premiere commission) at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Sept. 8-9), and then takes audiences to the “Edge of the World” with the world premiere of local composer-performer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s “A Gentleman of Istanbul” (Sept. 21).
HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
Artistic director Harry Christophers conducts a season-opening Bach extravaganza, including the Mass in G Major, two cantatas, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and the Concerto for Two Violins with concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky and assistant concertmaster Susanna Ogata (Sept. 28 & 30). Fortepiano maven Robert Levin takes the spotlight for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” (Nov. 9 & 11). Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605,
CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
ever-hip and prolific composer-performer Max Richter joins the American Contemporary Music Ensemble for music from Richter’s releases “Infra” and “The Blue Notebooks” (Oct. 11). The venerable Emanuel Ax turns Symphony Hall into his recital hall (Oct. 28). Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo holds court in an intimate recital at Longy School of Music (Nov. 7). Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer’s latest supergroup, featuring tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, comes to Sanders
Theatre (Nov. 17). 617-482-2595, www.celebrityseries.org
ODYSSEY OPERA Odyssey continues its tradition of a season-opening grand opera, hailing the 200th anniversary of Gounod’s birth by unveiling the US premiere of his “La reine de Saba” at Jordan Hall, starring soprano Kara Shay Thomson and tenor Dominick Chenes (Sept. 22). The Gounod celebration continues at the Huntington Avenue Theatre with a fully staged production of the comic opera “Le médecin malgré lui” (Nov. 9 and 11). 617-826-1626, www.odysseyopera.org
ROCKPORT MUSIC Critically acclaimed 12-man chorus Chanticleer brings an “orchestra of voices” to the Shalin Liu Performance Center (Sept. 30). The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center visits with a multifaceted program (Oct. 14). The adventurous Danish String Quartet offers quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, and Hans Abrahamsen (Nov. 18). 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM In curator George Steel’s first autumn of programming, the black and Latino powerhouse ensemble Sphinx Virtuosi makes its Boston debut (Oct. 7). Violoncello da spalla specialist Sergey Malov (Sept. 30), pianist Paavali Jumppanen (Oct. 21), violinist Corey Cerovsek (Oct. 28), and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras (Nov. 4) bring all-Bach programs. Composer David Lang and librettist Sibyl Kempson’s “true pearl,” the first opera commissioned by the Gardner Museum, receives its first and only live performance
(Oct. 4); it can be listened to in the museum’s Tapestry Room Oct. 4
to Jan. 13. 617-566-1401,
NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC The reliably intrepid volunteer orchestra joins forces with the Commonwealth Chorale (formerly Newton Choral
Society) for a run at Rachmaninoff’s choral symphony “The Bells” on a program with John Harbison’s Symphony No. 1 and Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth’s “Spiritus.”
Oct. 27, 8 p.m. 855-463-7445, www.nephilharmonic.org
Amelia LeClair’s Cappella Clausura presents music by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, Ethel Smyth, and more (Oct. 20-21); Blue Heron continues its years-long exploration of Ockeghem (Oct. 11-13); Back Bay Chorale has a world premiere from Pulitzer Prize-winning, Kanye-collaborating composer Caroline Shaw (Nov. 10). www.clausura.org
MORE CHAMBER MUSIC Musicians of the Old Post Road invite everyone to a free festive tented garden party of English music in Waltham, with soprano Teresa Wakim (Sept. 23); Radius Ensemble offers two intriguing programs of 20th and 21st-century music (Sept. 29, Nov. 3); the Boston Early Music Festival brings in French baroque specialists Les Talens Lyriques for an all-Couperin program (Oct. 14); Chameleon Arts Ensemble explores turning points in various composers’ stylistic development (Oct. 13-14); Winsor Music takes on a Barbara Strozzi madrigal, a Bach cantata, and a Harbison invention (Oct. 28); the Boston Camerata does a semi-staged version of medieval satire “The Tale of Fauvel,” in which an orange animal tries to take over the universe
(Oct. 28). www.oldpostroad.org , www.radiusensemble.org, www.bemf.org, www.chameleonarts.org,
MORE NEW MUSIC Non-Event’s many avant-garde adventures include a performance in Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog x Beach sculpture at Jamaica Pond (Sept. 15); Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble unveils a Georges Aperghis portrait, with free admission (Sept. 21); Boston Modern Orchestra Project starts the season with Boston premieres by Hannah Lash, Steven Mackey and Harold Meltzer (Oct. 19); Boston Musica Viva performs works by John Harbison, Niccolo Castiglioni, Judith Weir, and Gunther Schuller in celebration of its 50th anniversary (Oct. 20); Boston Opera Collaborative opens up its fourth annual “Opera Bites’ cabaret (Oct. 26-28); Juventas New Music Ensemble presents new music inspired by American landscapes (Nov. 3). www.nonevent.org
, www.blacksheepcontemporary.com, www.bmop.org, www.bmv.org,
Zoë Madonna can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten. Madonna’s work is supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.