Now in its 190th year, Boston’s oldest classical aggregation, the Handel and Haydn Society, performs the most revered of all choral works, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, tonight and Sunday afternoon at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | $15-$63 | 617.266.3605.
MONDAY APRIL 24
Somewhere between his 2000 solo debut full-length, Muddlin Gear (Warp), and last year’s follow-up, Multiply (Warp), former Super_Collider Jamie Lidell underwent a bizarre transformation from avant-IDM beatmeister to straight-up Stax-style soul singer. It’ll be interesting to see how/whether he balances his two artistic personae at tonight’s installment of the “Fenway Recordings Sessions” at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | 617.734.4502.
TUESDAY APRIL 25
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater opens its annual Bank of America Celebrity Series week tonight. A dozen dances constitute the repertory for the seven performances; they include a new work by Judith Jamison, Reminiscin’, that was inspired by and features the music of female jazz artists and, as always, Ailey’s Revelations, which continues to move audiences after more than 45 years | Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | $32-$70 | 617.482.6661.
Touring behind their weakest albeit most ambitious album to date, First Impressions of Earth (RCA), the Strokes are at Agganis Arena, 925 Comm Ave, Boston | 7:30 pm | $30 | 617.358.7000.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 26
Superstar violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman (who also plays viola) will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Moritz Moszkowski at their Bank of America Celebrity Series recital at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | $38-$78 | 617.266.3605.
FRIDAY APRIL 28
Quincy native Barbara Quintiliani — of whom Phoenix classical critic Lloyd Schwartz has written, “She has a gleaming tone, dramatic high notes, sweetly lyrical soft notes, impressive agility, and an appealing if elementary earnestness” — makes her only area appearance of the season as the title character in Opera Boston’s production of Donizetti’s bel canto gem Lucrezia Borgia tonight, Sunday, and Tuesday at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | $24-$99 | 800.432.7250.
Boston Lyric Opera wraps up its “Diva Season” with a rare Boston performance of Massenet’s luscious Thaïs. BU grad Kelly Kaduce plays the title temptress, and it runs through May 9 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St, Boston | $33-$166 | 800.447.7400.
SATURDAY APRIL 29
A group show of New England artists, the “DeCordova Annual Exhibition” has established itself as one of the most important events of its kind, and the 2006 edition, with work by Alexander Ross, Evelyn Rydz, and Jon Sarkin, among others, runs through August 20. The artists will be on hand for the opening reception May 4 at 6 pm | DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln | 781.259.8355.
SUNDAY APRIL 30
One of the world’s truly great musicians, Milanese pianist Maurizio Pollini, brings his controlled white heat to town for a Bank of America Celebrity Series recital that’ll include works by Chopin, Liszt, and, ooh, Pierre Boulez | Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | 3 pm | $48-$68 | 617.482.6661.