'Porgy and Bess' Concert

Sept. 27-29

Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave., Boston

$30-$114, 888-266-1200

If you missed Diane Paulus's Tony winning adaption of the musical last year, here's another chance to hear the famous Ger-shwin score. The Boston Sym-phony Orchestra will play the opera's folksy, jazz and blues inflected score.



Sept. 28

Tsai Performance Center

685 Comm. Ave., Boston

$9-$30, 617-354-6910

The Boston Musica Viva ensemble's first concert of the season, "Breakthroughs," features guest vocalist mezzo-soprano Krista River in John Harbison's "Mirabai Songs," Peter Lieberson's "Raising the Gaze" and Andy Vores' "Umberhulk."



The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi

Oct. 12

Somerville Theatre

55 Davis Square, Somerville

$35, 617-876-4275

In Burundi, a small country in eastern Africa, drums are sacred, representing fertility and regeneration. Fittingly, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have passed down their traditions and techniques from generation to generation for centuries. Today, the percussion group tours the world performing powerful, precise rhythms on waist-high drums that they leap over and balance on their heads.


Bach to Björk

Oct. 19

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston

$16-$25, 800-440-6975

Rising talents in the Boston String Players ensemble open their sixth season with a new strings, electronics and visual arrangement of Björk's "Unravel." The program also includes Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3."


Chick Corea and Gary Burton

Oct. 21

Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave., Boston

$30-$75, 617-482-6661

Musical pioneers and four-decade collaborators Chick Corea and Gary Burton perform songs from their new album "Hot House."



Oct. 25-Nov. 3

Hope Central Church

85-87 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain, $10, 617-524-3343

Boston Metro Opera will premiere a reinterpretation of the Shakespeare classic composed by David Edgar Walther. Check out the rest of the young company's unconventional lineup for the season: Spoofy "The Good, The Bad, and The Opera" and technology examining "Internet Trilogy." And no, we're not affiliated with these guys.


'Madama Butterfly'

Nov. 2-11

Citi Shubert Theatre

265 Tremont St., Boston

$30-$150, 617-542-6772

This devastating love story, a young Japanese geisha marries an American naval officer, is a classic. See it! Hear it! Know it!

Mozart Jupiter

Nov. 9-Nov. 11

Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave., Boston

$20-$84, 617-266-3605

"Jupiter," or "Symphony No. 41," was Mozart's last. It's a difficult composition to pull off for any orchestra -- in the final movement five different melodies are played simultaneously. Bernard Labadie conducts.

'Sunrise,' 'Triumph of Lightness' and 'Winter Dreams'

Nov. 11

NEC's Jordan Hall

30 Gainsborough St., Boston

$33-$38, 617-923-6333

Cello soloist Sam Ou and the Boston Civic Symphony perform a world premiere by local composer Larry Bell.

'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'

Nov. 23-Dec. 16

The Paramount Center

559 Washington St., Boston

$25-$69, 617-824-8400

American concert pianist Mona Golabek performs a tribute to her mother.