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The Berlin Philharmonic: In recent years, as large-ensemble touring has gotten increasingly expensive, Boston has seen fewer visits from top-tier orchestras. But this fall the city will once again play host to the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the gleaming wonders of the orchestral world. The ensemble, which has not dropped by since 2001, will appear in Symphony Hall on Nov. 19, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. Sir Simon Rattle (pictured conducting at right) will be on the podium, leading his players in Mahler's beloved settings of ancient Chinese poetry, "Das Lied von der Erde." Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., 617-482-6661 or celebrityseries.org

--JEREMY EICHLER

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(Jennifer Taylor for The New York Times)
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