From Boston Baroque to the Discovery Ensemble: More classical concerts than you’ll know what to do with
Here are 10 classical events I'm particularly eager to hear — just the tips of our many musical icebergs. Besides the BSO being one of the world's great orchestras, Boston is a center of contemporary, early, and chamber music. On a tight budget? Lots of music is free (check out the amazing Bach cantatas every Sunday at Emmanuel Church, part of the liturgy for which they were intended). Season subscriptions are always a bargain. See the Phoenix weekly listings for the full spectrum of events.
DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE | October 2 | In addition to doing good work in the community to make young people aware of classical music, this orchestra under the insightful leadership of Courtney Lewis (currently assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra) has offered some of the most exciting concerts in town, combining familiar favorites and music you rarely get to hear anywhere else (and at low prices). This year, DE is opening with a program that includes Benjamin Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Frank Martin's Six Monologues from "Jedermann" (with baritone Christòpheren Nomura), and Beethoven's exhilarating Seventh Symphony. Student discountss and some free tickets are available.| Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge | $20-$35; students $10-$25 | 617.800.7588 or discoveryensemble.com.