With reports of a possibly record-setting blizzard bearing down on the region, Boston-area classical music groups joined school, transportation, and other organizations in announcing closings for Friday. In addition to cancellation of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s afternoon concert, announced early Friday morning, cancelled or postponed concerts for Friday evening include:

- Karita Mattila, soprano, Celebrity Series of Boston

- Chamber Orchestra of Boston

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- “Piazzolla to Bach,” Institute for Contemporary Art

- Venice Baroque Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival