Fall arts preview: Music - Metro US

Fall arts preview: Music

AnDa Union

Sept. 24, 8 p.m.

Somerville Theatre

55 Davis Sq., Somerville

$28, 617-876-4275


This 10-piece group comes from the Xilingol Grasslands area of Inner Mongolia. It brings together the varied musical traditions of Mongolia to create a sound all its own, utilizing Mongolian throat singing — which is always a hypnotic and bizarre experience — and plenty of instruments you probably haven’t seen before, like the horsehead fiddle and the tsuur, a three-holed flute.

Klezwoods and Elephant Wreckling Ball

Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

Johnny D’s

17 Holland St., Somerville

$10, 617-776-2004


Klezwoods mixes klezmer and Balkan music with a funky, jazzy groove that makes for an utterly unique circus of sound; Elephant Wrecking Ball is a self-described “unorthodox” trombone trio, with influences including death metal and dub, that puts its horns through effects pedals. As if that weren’t enough, there will be a belly dancer onstage the whole time.


Creole Choir of Cuba

Oct. 1, 8 p.m.

Somerville Theatre

55 Davis Sq., Somerville

$28, 617-876-4275


This group, known in Cuba as Desandann, meaning “descendants” (specifically, the descendants of Haitians who were brought to work in Cuban sugar and coffee plantations in slave-like conditions), sings and dances traditional songs of its people. You may not know what the performers are saying, but the harmonies are beautiful with singing as impassioned as it gets.

‘The Inexhaustible Human Spirit’

Oct. 12, 15 & 16

Sanders Theatre/Jordan Hall

45 Quincy St., Cambridge/30 Gainsborough St., Boston

$15-$90, 617-236-0999


The Boston Philharmonic’s first concert of the season features Tchaikovsky’s popular, romantic Violin Concerto in D, Sibelius’ haunting tone poem “The Swan of Tuonela” (which features a rare solo spot for English horn) and Nielsen’s 4th Symphony.

Beatrice et Benedict

Oct. 21, 23 & 25

Cutler Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont St., Boston

$71-375, 617-451-3388


Opera Boston presents Hector Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”; it stars Sandra Piques Eddy and Sean Panikkar as the famously quarreling couple. We’ve all known a pair like this, whose incessant banter endearingly masks the fact that they’re clearly in love. How many sitcom plots alone has this situation inspired? Shakespeare: TV genius.

Angel of the Amazon

Oct. 21-29

Hope Central Church

85-87 Seaverns Ave., Boston

$10, 617-543-4797


This opera tells the story of Dorothy Stang, an American nun who ministered to peasant farmers in Brazil for three decades, becoming an outspoken crusader against deforestation and for the rights of her flock to make a living without being harassed (or worse) by land-greedy ranchers. She was brutally murdered in 2005 by thugs hired by a logger.

Lang Lang

Oct. 30, 3 p.m.

Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave., Boston

$50-83, 617-482-6661


Lang Lang is one of classical music’s contemporary rock stars; his good looks, charismatic presence and astounding virtuosity are positively Liszt-like, and his playful demeanor is a welcome respite from the often-stiff-necked attitude that pervades classical music. Some find his style a little excessive, but we think those people are just jealous of all the fun he’s clearly having.



Nov. 4-13

Citi Shubert Theatre

265 Tremont St., Boston

$32-225, 617-542-6772


There are few ways to make the Scottish play even more intense, but turning it into an opera is certainly one. Boston Lyric Opera presents Verdi’s take on Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy of unchecked ambition and unfortunately loose regard for the whole “thou shalt not kill” thing. The following adjectives describe the production: “bold, terrifying, hypnotic, gripping.”

Apollo’s Fire with Philippe Jaroussky

Nov. 5, 8 p.m.

Emmanuel Church

15 Newbury St., Boston

$19-66, 617-661-1812


The Boston Early Music festival presents this celebrated Cleveland-based baroque orchestra, who play period instruments to get the most accurate sound. They’re joined by Jaroussky, a countertenor, for an evening of Handel and Vivaldi arias originally meant for castrato singers in the 18th century (the castrato aspect, thankfully, is the only thing that will not be period-accurate).

Itzhak Perlman

Nov. 20, 3 p.m.

Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave., Boston

$50-83, 617-482-6661


This Israeli-American violinist is widely considered one of the world’s greatest. Like all important people, he has appeared on “Sesame Street,” where he performed a duet with Telly (who played Tuba).

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