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Benjamin Britten.


Britain’s Britten

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of English composer Benjamin Britten the Boston Symphony Orchestra presents Britten’s “War Requiem.” And there’s a 50-year milestone to celebrate because this setting of the Requiem Mass was given its North American premiere by the BSO in 1963 under music director Erich Leinsdorf (right, in rehearsal). Nov. 7-9 at 8 p.m. $30-$117, $20 under 40 (on a first-come, first-served basis). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200.


Father, daughter, mother Father and daughter both do funny, but, according to the Grammy- and Emmy-nominated daughter, Margaret Cho, “I guess we’re in the same line of work. But we don’t understand each other that way. I don’t know why the things he says are funny and the same for him.” Dad writes “corny” joke books, daughter does stand-up and was on Season 11 of “Dancing With the Stars” (wearing her Rainbow Dancing Dress for gay pride) and has a new routine titled “Mother.” 8 p.m. $35-$49. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Better late . . . So what if it took 100 years to announce the Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award. It’s never too late to acknowledge the bestsellers of 1913, right? The contenders include Sigmund Freud’s “Totem and Taboo” (defended by Harvard professor Maria Tatar), “Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography” (discussed by Roosevelt’s great-grandson Tweed Roosevelt), and “Scott’s Last Expedition” (represented by mountaineer and author David Roberts). 6-8 p.m. Free (register at Boston Public Library Abbey Room, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


Hard-driving Ford “Untamed Beast” is the latest release by Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, the Oregonian indie rockers who deliver a message of finding freedom by shrugging off conformity. Special guest is Mount Moriah. 8:30 p.m. $12. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759.


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Listen and learn In 1971, “Godspell” “transformed parables from the Gospels into a series of singable teaching moments,” according to New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood. The Tony-nominated Stephen Schwartz folk, pop, and rock score comes equipped with the definitely hummable “Day by Day,” “Light of the World,” and “Turn Back, O Man.” Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. $27-$58.50. Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield. 413-788-7033.

Animal magnetism Despite stylistic differences, all the artists performing at “Animals” have been inspired by . . . animals. Thursday’s program in the New Gallery Concert series includes “Animal Songs” by Ted Pease, “My Life on the Plains” by Lee Hyla, “Avanc” by Stefanie Lubkowski, plus works by visual artist Alexandra Vaillancourt. Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. $20; $15 students, seniors, kids. Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., Boston. 617-254-4133.

Men of stone It’s been only three years since Tim Harrington and Paul Wright were busking at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the Boston-based folk duo Tall Heights is now busy gigging and celebrating its release “Man of Stone.” Emily Elbert and Seth Glier open for the harmony-laden twosome. Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m. $15. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000.

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