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Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander. Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander. (Koren Reyes)
By Jeremy Eichler
Globe Staff / April 10, 2011

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ANDOVER CHAMBER MUSIC Andover’s final program of the season is titled “Adventures and Yearning’’ and features Michael Gandolfi’s 1999 work for young audiences: “Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland,’’ to be narrated by Richard Knisely. Also on the program will be works by Brahms, Saint-Saëns, and Shostakovich. 4 p.m., April 10. $30. West Parish Church, Andover. 978-474-6222, www.andoverchambermusic.org

‘MIDDLE EAST HARMONIES’ The children’s chorus Boston City Singers will be among the participants in this cross-cultural program led by Joshua Jacobson and featuring the Zamir Chorale performing in Arabic and Hebrew; the ensemble Bustan Abraham; and soloists Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and Mireille Tannous. 2 p.m., April 10. Sanders Theatre. 617-244-6333, www.chorus.neu.edu/meh

THE MET: LIVE IN HD The Met’s simulcasts to movie theaters have proved popular with local opera lovers, but they’re also a practical and relatively inexpensive way to introduce the art form to newcomers. An “encore’’ (non-live) broadcast of Rossini’s comedy “Le Comte Ory’’ with Juan Diego Flórez in the title role comes to participating local cinemas. April 27, 6:30 p.m. www.fathomevents.com

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC The orchestra’s Discovery Series offers performances preceded by commentary from conductor Benjamin Zander, who has a gift for welcoming the uninitiated to classical music. The next concert in this series is May 2 and features Zander leading Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet’’ and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with soloist Natalia Gutman, a player whose ties to Soviet-era musical life run deep. 7 p.m. Sanders Theatre. $15-$75. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org

BOSTON POPS The Pops opens its new season on May 11 with vocalist Linda Eder joining Keith Lockhart, and trumpeter Byron Stripling is the guest soloist for a family program scheduled for May 14. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bostonpops.org

CHAMBER MUSIC SHOWCASE New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School puts some of its young chamber ensembles on view. May 31, 7 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu

YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Benjamin Zander leads the most advanced orchestra of NEC’s preparatory division in a performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo’’ Variations, with YPO principal cellist Jonah Ellsworth as soloist. 8 p.m., June 3. $10; students and seniors $5. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE This family concert promises music inspired by “a tropical jungle, the plains of West Africa, the Paris stage’’ and beyond. Performances of music by Bartok, Haydn, Villa-Lobos, Milhaud, Zhou Long, Mark O’Connor, and John Cage will be followed by an instrument petting zoo. 2 p.m., June 4. Free. Hyde Park Branch Library. 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.org

LA PHIL LIVE The Los Angeles Philharmonic has jumped into the simulcast business, so if you can wrest the kids away from the blockbuster du jour, they might just take to Gustavo Dudamel leading Brahms’s highly combustible Double Concerto with the sibling soloists Renaud (violin) and Gautier Capuçon (cello).(Brahms’s Fourth Symphony is also on the program.) 5 p.m., June 5. Participating local cinemas. www.fathomevents.com

BOSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS Federico Cortese leads the senior orchestra of the Boston University-affiliated BYSO in Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, Schumann’s Cello Concerto with soloist Sasha Scolnik-Brower, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. Joel Bard also leads the Repertory Orchestra. 3 p.m., June 19. $25-$30. Sanders Theatre. 617-496-2222, www.bysoweb.org