CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON: MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP | October 14-17 | The Celebrity Series runs quite the gamut this fall, from Liza Minnelli (November 7) to Murray Perahia (November 14) to the Parker String Quartet playing sublime Haydn (November 22). My top choice is Mark Morris Dance Group. In the course of the three premieres (one world, two Boston) it’s bringing, America’s premier modern-dance company will also give us one of the season’s most intriguing live chamber concerts: Ives’s kaleidoscopic Piano Trio, a Villa-Lobos string quartet, and Samuel Barber keyboard music. And how many chamber concerts are this eye-filling? | Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | $57-$72 | 617.482.2595 or celebrityseries.org

BOSTON BAROQUE | October 15-16 | Haven’t had enough Beethoven lately? Martin Pearlman leads a Seventh Symphony on period instruments, and soprano Barbara Quintiliani lends her rich, full voice to Beethoven’s powerful concert aria “Ah! Perfido” and to no less powerful, if less familiar, arias from Cherubini’s Medée. | Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | $25–$73 | 617.484.9200 or bostonbaroque.org

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | October 21, 23, 24 | Benjamin Zander begins a series in which the music, he says, creates an entire world. In his first program, that world is the intersection of Tin Pan Alley and the Rue de la Paix: George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G (with the incisive Stephen Drury), Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments (his elegy for Debussy), and Debussy’s La mer. Come early and hear Zander expatiate on his choices. | Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston [October 23] | Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge [October 21 + 24] | $15-$85 | 617.236.0999 or bostonphil.org

OPERA BOSTON’S FIDELIO | October 22, 24, 26 | This gutsy company’s exciting season begins with a problematic masterpiece: Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke stars as the intrepid Leonore, who disguises herself as a man in order to rescue her political-prisoner husband. Stage director Thaddeus Strassberger will probably have a harder time making this plausible than conductor Gil Rose will have making it sing. | Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | $29-$171 | 617.451.3388 or operaboston.org

CANTATA SINGERS | November 5-6 | When David Hoose and the Cantata Singers spend an entire season exploring a single composer (Weill, Britten, Schütz), they don’t just give us that composer — they place him in the context of those who’ve inspired or been inspired by him. This season, the composer is Ralph Vaughan Williams, and it’s hard to imagine his Oboe Concerto (with the inspiring Peggy Pearson) in more provocative company than Andrew Imbrie, Boston’s Yehudi Wyner (with a newly commissioned work), and Irving Fine’s delightful The Choral New Yorker. | Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | $17-$52 | 617.868.5885 or cantatasingers.org

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA’S TOSCA | November 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16 | The Lyric’s season opener is a familiar one, an adaption of the Scottish Opera’s production of Puccini’s tuneful melodrama. Jill Gardner, who’s sung Mimi in a Lyric La bohème, has the title role, with Bradley Garvin as Scarpia and Diego Torre as Cavaradossi; Andrew Bisantz, who conducted last season’s The Turn of the Screw, is in the pit. | Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St, Boston | $34-$195 | 617.542.4912 or blo.org

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