The 2006-’07 music season is actually beginning with an ending of sorts. Commemorations of musical high points stemming from the years ending in ’06 or ’56 are reaching their final moments. Celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in 1756 are waning. The nods to the centenary of Shostakovich’s birth in 1906 are fading away. New York’s 92nd Street "Y" is recognizing the 150th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s death in 1856, but there is no general swell of attention to the composer. Among concert programs in the Princeton area that reveal compositions in advance, only six Schumann works are listed. In fact, he is outdistanced by two non-anniversary composers: Brahms with 12 works, and Tchaikovsky with 8. Pieces by Haydn, whose anniversary dates have nothing to do with either ’06 or ’56, equal the number of pieces by Schumann.

With anniversary dates based on ’06 and ’56 on the way out, births and deaths of composers in the years ending in ’07 and’57 do not seem to be making their presence known on area programs. The stats give the lead to Edvard Grieg, who died in 1907, with two of his works listed for performance. Mikhail Glinka, who died in 1857; Edward Elgar, born in 1857; and Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Jean Sibelius, both of whom died in 1957, fare less well than Grieg.

Beethoven Rules

Instead it is Beethoven we see as omnipresent – and he has no relations to any anniversaries this season. Pieces by the versatile, groundbreaking composer are staples for musical nourishment in any performing context. Enticing as it is to look for the novel and the unexpected in the forthcoming season, Beethoven (1770-1827), nevertheless, commands special attention. If any composer is featured for 2006-’07, he’s the one.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra plays all nine Beethoven symphonies during the course of the concert year, opening its season in late October with Symphonies No. 1 and No. 9. The performance at New Brunswick’s State Theater takes place on Sunday, October 22, at 3 p.m. The Montclair State University Chorale joins the NJSO in Symphony No. 9 ("The Choral"). The remaining seven symphonies are scattered throughout the season.

Performing all of Beethoven’s symphonies is dear to NJSO’s artistic director Neeme Jarvi, now in his second season at the helm of the orchestra, who conducts 10 weeks of the orchestra’s 17-week season. In the past Jarvi has distinguished himself by making even the most familiar of Beethoven’s work sound fresh and surprising.

Jarvi approaches the Beethoven project with a sense of awe and a feel for craftsmanship. Challenged at the press conference announcing the season by a reporter who inquired why we need another Beethoven cycle, Jarvi says, "We’re not just playing his music, we’re studying it from scratch. Beethoven is an education."

Successfully, Jarvi conveyed to the gathering the joy of discovering new musical treasures in a piece where every note is familiar. "The opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a melody," he says, then demonstrates by first singing the well-known dot-dot-dot-dash material lyrically followed by the same but in staccato form, transforming its character completely. "I’ve conducted 50 Beethoven Fifths" he says, "and they’re always different."

The NJSO is not alone in presenting the complete Beethoven Symphonies this season. Lincoln Center’s "Great Performers" series opens with performances of the cycle, along with selected overtures, in a five-concert series compressed into the period from October 7 to 13. Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra. The opening LSO performance begins with Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No 3, pairing one of Beethoven’s most diminutive symphonies with one of his longest ones. In a way, the programming parallels the NJSO’s coupling of the relatively short Symphony No. 1 with the massive "Choral" Symphony. Just as there are multiple choices for interpretation, there are multiple choices for configuring an all-Beethoven series.

Not only are Beethoven’s nine symphonies being programmed by two different orchestras this season, but, remarkably, Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano are also scheduled twice, both in New York City. As part of "Great Performers’" new series, "Voices and Visionaries," cellist Pieter Wispelwey and pianist Dejan Lazic present the cycle in a single three-hour program on Sunday, October 15, at Alice Tully Hall. Taking a more leisurely approach, cellist Miklos Perenyi and pianist Andras Schiff, cover the same musical ground in two evenings, Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12 at the 92nd Street "Y."

Double Vision

Duplicate programming in the Princeton area is of smaller proportions. Both the NJSO (March 10 in Trenton) and the Academy of Ancient Music (April 30 at McCarter) play the Telemann "Water Music" as well as the Handel "Water Music." Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Scheherazade" appears at both the NJSO (January 25 in New Brunswick, January 26 in Trenton) and the Princeton Symphony (April 15).

The NJSO "Scheherazade" is part of its annual Winter Festival in January, which this season focuses on music of the Russian Romantics. Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky are included, as well as the lesser-known Russian composers Cesar Cui, Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, and Osyannikov-Kulikovsky.

In the realm of opera, Puccini’s "Turandot" appears twice. Boheme Opera Company’s fully staged production of "Turandot" takes place Friday and Sunday, November 3 and 5. A semi-staged New Jersey Opera Theater "Turandot" takes place at McCarter Theater on March 4 and at New Brunswick’s State Theater on March 11.

The State Theater presents two differing "Aidas" in January. Three performances of the Elton John musical take place on January 19 and 20. A production by the Bulgarian Opera plays on January 28.

Innovative Programming

Despite the comfort of the familiar, I could not resist tracking the non-traditional programming for the current season. For me, the zest of the unique leavens the staples.

Exceptionally, Le Triomphe de l’Amour, playing baroque music on period instruments, devotes its three-concert series to literary themes. Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and authors of classical antiquity are each the focus of a separate performance. The Colonial Assembly, a historic dance troupe, participates.

Similarly oriented to a literary theme is "Britannia’s Invitation," a program of Princeton University Concerts on April 19. With vocalists, a narrator, and an actress, backed up by the 15-member Richardson Baroque Players, the presentation surveys the musical scene familiar to George Frederic Handel, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Mrs. Mary Delany, and other 18th-century commentators.

In addition, Princeton University’s Richardson Chamber Players offers a set of concerts with an out-of-the-ordinary focus. Founded in 1995, the ensemble specializes in off-the-beaten-track music that requires unusual musical forces. This year the group honors patrons whose perception and funding has led to the creation of chamber music masterpieces. Compositions originating in the United States, Paris, and Vienna will be featured in concerts on October 15, February 25, and May 6.

Other innovative events pepper the season. Take, for example, percussion performances. STOMP has four performances in late September at the State Theater. This inventive percussion group uses poles, brooms, newspapers, and hubcaps to make its sounds. We already know from the resident Percussion Ensemble at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School for the Arts that every object is a potential instrument to a percussionist. The Mason Gross group appears in a free concert at Nicholas Auditorium on the Douglass College campus on Friday, October 27.

Also a departure is the State Theater’s celebration of its 85th anniversary by a free screening of "White Oak," the first feature film shown at the theater in 1921. Dennis James plays organ accompaniment. Later in the season, James provides organ accompaniment for Rudolf Valentino’s last film, "The Sheik" (1926), and "Ben Hur" (1925).

Also making a mark on the innovative agenda is the Princeton Symphony, which presents the exceptional forces of two harps in a December concert on its chamber music series. Awarded for its imaginative programming, the ensemble is also imaginative about its venues. Concerts by the full orchestra take place in Richardson Auditorium. The chamber music concerts are presented at Duke Farms and the Montgomery Center for the Arts’ 1860 House. This season, the Princeton Symphony turns extra-imaginative, when it comes to locations. Its February concert of Paganini and Bartok plays in the auditorium of Stonebridge, a recently-opened continuing-care community adjacent to the 1860 House.

Another Princeton Symphony event worth noting is the return of Mariam Nazarian in a Mozart piano concerto for a March program. U.S. 1 has been following Plainsboro resident Nazarian’s career since she played the Bach "Goldberg Variations" in Carnegie Hall in 1999 at age 16. She is now a graduate student at Harvard.

Looking over plans at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, I register the appointment of Joe Miller as director of choral activities as a major happening. In his first year at Westminster Miller’s gigs include an inaugural performance with the 200-voice Westminster Symphonic Choir on October 20, a performance of the Durufle Requiem with the 40-voice Westminster Choir on November 11, and leading the Symphonic Choir and a Westminster orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem on March 24.

Much as tracking novelty appeals to one surveying the concert season, departing from conventional fare can have its downside for presenters. Sandra Pucciatti, the managing director of Boheme Opera, brought the point home vividly. Last season Boheme departed from its taken-for-granted programming, heavy on Italian works. Knowingly, the company took the risk of presenting Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 masterpiece "Susannah." It was a compelling production sung with intensity and choreographed to enhance the Appalachian setting. Pucciatti called the move "a professional gamble that paid off professionally."

However, "Susannah" was not a box-office success, and Boheme has retreated this year to two staples: "Turandot" and "Rigoletto." "We still want to do non-traditional opera," Pucciatti says, "but maybe something not as off-beat as `Susannah.’"

I, for one, hope that Boheme and other presenters innovate with their programs. We are blessed in central New Jersey with a cornucopia of musical offerings. The harvest is rich, and welcome. But we need the spice of innovation to enhance our bounty.

Classical Music/Opera: Boheme Opera

Grafton House, 110 Edgebrook Road, Hamilton, 609-581-7200, www.bohemeopera.com.

Turandot Sketches. Explore Puccini’s world wtih Maestro Joseph Pucciatti. Register. $25. Thursday, September 28.

Boheme Opera at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton.

Turandot. Puccini opera based on "One Thousand and One Days," the Persian collection of stories. The production set in China features Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. In Italian with supertitles. $28 to $68. Friday and Sunday, November 3 and 5.

CAPPS

Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550, www.peddie.org/capps.

The Loston Harris Trio. The music of Nat King Cole. $20. Sunday, September 24.

Imani Winds. $20. Saturday, September 30.

The Molinaro and Levy Project. Concert by Howard Levy and Anthony Molinaro. Pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. $20. Friday, October 6.

Chevalier: Maurice and Me. Presented by Tony Sandler. $20. Sunday, November 12.

Joey DeFrancesco. Concert by organist. Pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. $20. Friday, December 1.

Christ Church

5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-6262, www.christchurchnewbrunswick.org.

Vespers Recital Series. Mark Trautman, organ. Free. Sunday, September 17.

Vespers Recital Series. Trillium: Music for Flute, Viola, and Harp. Free. Sunday, September 24.

Vespers Recital Series. Jared Johnson, organ. Free. Sunday, October 1.

Lift Every Voice and Sing. Workshop, lecture, and demonstration by Horace Clarence Boyer. $10 donation. Sunday, October 8.

Vespers Recital Series. Giulia Utz, also. Free. Sunday, October 8.

Vespers Recital Series. Matthew Lewis, organ. Free. Sunday, October 15.

Vespers Recital Series. Thomas Spacht on organ. Free. Sunday, October 22.

Vespers Recital Series. Justin Hartz, organ. Free. Sunday, October 29.

Vespers Recital Series. Collegium. Free. Sunday, November 5.

Vespers Recital Series. Mark Pacoe, organ. Free. Sunday, November 12.

Vespers Recital Series. David Schelat, organ. Free. Sunday, November 19.

Vespers Recital Series. Organ students of the Mason Gross School of Music. Free. Sunday, November 26.

Handel’s Messiah. Presented by New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra. Register. Sunday, December 3.

Vespers Recital Series. Lessons and Carols. Free. Sunday, December 17.

Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra

Christian Life Center, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 215-943-9320, www.dvpo.org.

Fall Concert. Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Dvorak’s Concerto for Violoncello featuring Caroline Connolly on violoncello, and the Toreador Aria from Carmen led by guest conductor George Luciani. Pre-concert lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. $25. Saturday, November 11.

Drum & Dance

Learning Center

The Academy Theater, Route 130, Bordentown, 609-324-7383, www.drumdancecenter.com.

Belly Dance Tribal Fusion Workshop with Asharah. Register. Sunday, September 24.

Groove Merchant Drum and Dance Ensemble. Register. $20. Saturday, November 11.

First Reformed Church

9 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-6262, www.christchurchnewbrunswick.org.

Recital Series. Jeff Pines presents program of jazz, classical, and popular music on vibraphone. Lunch follows concert. Free. Wednesday, September 27.

Recital Series. Brass quintet assembled by trumpet player Bryan Appleby-Wineberg presents a selection of classical and jazz pieces. Lunch follows concert. Free. Wednesday, October 11.

Recital Series. Anatoli Panchoshny, basso, and Viktoriya Raufova, piano, present a program of art and folk songs. Lunch follows concert. Free. Wednesday, October 25.

Recital Series. Holly Fanning, soprano, and Joyce Ziemer, piano, present a program of opera arias, art songs, and popular tunes. Lunch follows concert. Free. Wednesday, November 8.

Holsome Holistic Center

27 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-279-1592, www.holsome.com.

Mid-Autumn Moon Shakuhachi Recital. Traditional Japanese and Chinese music performed on a shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute by Glenn Swann and guests. Free. Saturday, October 7.

Institute for

Advanced Study

Einstein Drive, Princeton, 609-734-8228, www.ias.edu.

A Gate Into Infinity: Music from a Modern Japan. Works by Somei Satoh, Toru Takemitsu, Tohio Hosokawa, Shin-Ichiro Ikebe, and Toshiro Mayuzumi performed by Flux Quartet with Steven Gosling on piano. Register. Free. Also, Saturday, October 21. Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21.

Mason Gross

School of the Arts

Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

The Mother of Us All. Concert opera with music by Virgil Thompson and libretto by Gertrude Stein, follows Susan B. Anthony’s struggle to win women the right to vote. $25. Friday, September 29.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. $25. Saturday, October 7.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble. Free. Tuesday, October 17.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble Too. Free. Thursday, October 19.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Free. Friday, October 20.

Helix!. Free. Sunday, October 22.

Rutgers Symphony Band. Free. Thursday, October 26.

Rutgers Percussion Ensemble. Free. Friday, October 27.

Musica Raritana: Sons of Bach. Early-instrument orchestra in concert. $15. Saturday, October 28.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. $25. Sunday, November 5.

Rutgers Brass: Brass Ancient and Modern. Free. Saturday, November 11.

Rutgers University Choir. Free. Saturday, November 18.

Collegium Musicum. $15. Monday, November 20.

Rutgers Sinfonia. Free. Tuesday, November 21.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble. Free. Tuesday, November 28.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble Too. Free. Thursday, November 30.

Rutgers Brass. Free. Thursday, November 30.

Rutgers Symphony Band. Free. Thursday, December 7.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Schumann’s Piano Concert in A Minor, and Brahms’ Second Symphony. $25. Friday, December 8.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Free. Monday, December 11.

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Kirkpatrick Chapel, 81 Somerset Street, New Brunswick.

Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir. $10. Friday, November 10.

Christmas in Carol and Song. Also Sunday, December 10 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. $20. Saturday, December 9.

Christmas in Carol and Song. $20. Sunday, December 10.

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Schare Recital Hall, 81 George Street, New Brunswick.

Opera Scenes. Free. Sunday, November 12.

Conversations. Faculty chamber concert. Free. Thursday, November 16.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Free. Friday, November 17.

Rutgers Jazz Combos. Free. Monday, December 4.

Rutgers Jazz Combos. Free. Wednesday, December 6.

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Voorhees Chapel, 5 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick.

Voorhees Choir Candlelight Concert. Free. Sunday, December 3.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Bela Fleck on banjo, Victor Wooten on bass, "Futureman" on drums, and Jeff Coffin on woodwinds. $35 to $42. Saturday, September 16.

Brahms Bonanza. Gidon Kremer, violin; Krystian Zimerman, piano. $45 to $55. Monday, October 30.

Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company. $37 to $50. Wednesday, November 1.

Richard Thompson. Solo acoustic concert. $32 to $42. Thursday, November 2.

Bo Diddley and Friends. Alvin Youngblood Hart and Ruthie Foster. $38 to $48. Friday, November 3.

Little Feat. Rock and roll. $32 to $42. Monday, November 13.

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca. $33 to $40. Tuesday, November 14.

Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band. $45 to $55. Wednesday, November 15.

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir. Bach for the Christmas season. $45 to $51. Monday, December 11.

Canadian Brass. $39 to $45. Monday, December 18.

McCarter Theater at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University.

The Brentano String Quartet. Mitsuko Uchida on piano. $42 to $45. Tuesday, November 7.

Berlind Theater at McCarter Theater

Vijay Iyer Quartet. $42. Friday, October 20.

Mary Cleere Haran. $40. Saturday, October 21. Sold out.

Karen Mason. $40. Saturday, December 16. Sold out.

New Brunswick

Chamber Orchestra

Christ Church, 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-249-6999, www.christchurchnewbrunswick.org.

Our Musical Heritage Series. Music of African-Americans. $17. Saturday, October 14.

Handel’s Messiah. Third annual performance. $17. Sunday, December 3.

Handel’s Messiah. Third annual performance. $17. Sunday, December 3.

New Jersey

Symphony Orchestra

State Theater, New Brunswick, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

The Beethoven Route: 1 and 9. Neeme Jarvi conducts. $20 to $75. Sunday, October 22.

Beethoven’s "Emperor". Jun Markl conducts Beethoven’s piano concerto and Berlioz’ "Symphonie Fantastique. $20 to $75. Thursday, November 2.

Beethoven’s Pastoral. Gerarld Schwarz conducts works of Beethoven, Mozart, and Wagner. $20 to $75. Sunday, November 19.

NJSO at Richardson Auditorium.

Sarah Chang Plays Brahms. Neeme Jarvi conducts works of Weber, Brahms, and Haydn. Friday, October 27.

Fire and Serenity. Neeme Jarvi conducts Grieg and Beethoven. Concerto by the 2006 YOung Artist Auditions Winner TBA. Friday, November 24.

Patriots Theater

at the War Memorial

Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400, www.thewarmemorial.com.

The 5 Browns. Classical music piano virtuosos are siblings, Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae, all attended Juilliard. $18 to $30. Thursday, September 28.

Peter Nero. Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. $26 to $65. Saturday, October 21.

Princeton

Folk Music Society

Christ Congregation Church, 55 Walnut Lane, 609-799-0944, www.princetonfolk.org.

Walt Michael. Recognized as one of the world’s formemost hammered-dulcimer players,old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to original compositions. $15. Friday, September 15.

Bob Zentz. $15. Friday, October 20.

The Nields. $15. Friday, November 17.

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. $15. Friday, December 15.

Princeton

Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium, 609-497-0020, www.princetonsymphony.org.

Classical Series. Program includes Don Juan by Strauss, Variations on a Nursery Song by Dohnanyi, and Symphony No. 4 by Brahms. Vladimir Ovchinnikov on piano. Gene DeLisa presents a pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m. $15 to $60. Sunday, October 22.

Classical Series. Program includes the Enchanted Lake by Lyadov, Mysterious Moutain by Hovhanness, La Mer by Debussy, La Valse and Bolero by Ravel. Gene DeLisa presents a pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m. $15 to $60. Sunday, November 12.

PSO Pops!. Holiday concert. $15 to $60. Saturday, December 16.

Princeton

University Concerts

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000, www.princeton.edu/utickets.

The Muir String Quartet. Works of Haydn, Berg, and Schumann. Thursday, September 21.

Edmund Battersby. Piano recital. All-Chopin program. Thursday, October 12.

Richardson Chamber Players. "If You Knew Suzy…" Sunday, October 15.

"La Bonne Chanson – Evenings of French Chamber Music – I." Jerome Correas, bartione, and Philippe Bianconi, piano. Thursday, November 9.

Composing-in-the-Moment. The teachers of jazz at Princeton. Saturday, November 11.

Jupiter String Quartet. Featuring Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet. Works of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Mozart. Thursday, November 30.

Princeton University Graduate Chapel

Graduate College, 609-258-3654.

Organ Concert. One-hour concert followed by a light lunch. $5. Thursdays, October 5 and November 9.

Raritan Millstone

Heritage Alliance

Hillsborough Reformed Church, 1 Amwell Road, Millstone, 732-463-0767.

Federal Era Concert. Concert features the Practitioners of Musick, Eugene Roan on organ and harpsichord, and John Burkhalter on English flutes. The program includes opening remarks and commentary to provide historical background and will reflect the barometer of music taste in 18th century America. $10. Sunday, September 24.

Rider University

Yvonne Theater, Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5168.

Princeton Band. Free. Monday, December 4.

Riverside Symphonia

St. John the Evangelist Church, 44 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-7300, www.riversidesymphonia.org.

Music From the Heart. Lara St. John on violin is featured in works of Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and Kalinnikov. Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28.

Musical Celebration of Christmas. Fora Baltacigil on double bass is featuring in works of Bottesini, Maggio, and traditional favorites. Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2.

Sovereign Bank Arena

81 Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, Trenton, 609-520-8383, www.sovereignbankarena.com.

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. $35 to $85. Sunday, December 17.

State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 877-782-8311, www.StateTheatreNJ.org.

Jazz in the City. Valery Ponomarey Quartet featuring sax, trumpet, bass, and drums. Food and bar available. Bring a folding chair. Inside if it rains. Free concert. Wednesday, September 13.

Jazz in the City. Bob DeVos’s OrganNow featuring DeVos on guitar, Steve Johns on drums, and Dan Kostelnick on organ. Bring a folding chair. Inside if it rains. Free. Wednesday, September 20.

Stomp. National tour features an eight-member troupe with rhythm. $30 to $55. Friday, September 22, through Sunday, September 24.

New York Philharmonic. Works of Weber, Mozart, and Beethoven. Pre performance insight is available. $60 to $90. Friday, September 29.

Mombasa Party. African drum experience with the Royal Drummers of Burundi. $25 to $50. Sunday, October 8.

Edison Symphony Orchestra. Program with works of Dvorak, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. $35 to $55. Sunday, October 15.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet. $30 to $70. Friday, October 20.

Ian Anderson. Chamber music presentation of the music of Jethro Tull featuring Ian Anderson on flute and Ann Marie Calhoun on violin. A young area musician will be invited to rehearse and perform with the orchestra during soundcheck. $30 to $65. Saturday, October 21.

Leahy. $25 to $50. Sunday, October 29.

The Pink Floyd Experience. $30 to $50. Saturday, November 4.

In the Mood. Patriotic tribute features live big band orchestra, boogie-woogie singers, and swing dancers. $25 to $50. Saturday, November 11.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Program features works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak. $45 to $75. Thursday, November 16.

Betty Buckley’s Christmas Show. $45 to $70. Saturday, December 2.

Pat Boone’s Christmas. $25 to $50. Sunday, December 3.

Eileen Ivers: An Irish Christmas. $25 to $45. Thursday, December 21.

New Year’s Concert. Salute to Vienna presented by the Strauss Symphony of America. $45 to $90. Sunday, December 31.

Steinway

Musical Society

Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, 609-434-0222, www.princetonol.com/groups/steinway.

Lehrer and Barton Duo. Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer present works of Mozart, Schuman, Debussy, and a new work for two pianos by Laurie Altman. $15. Sunday, October 8.

Marvin Blickenstaff. The internationally-known performer presents works of York Bowen, Chopin, Ravel, and Beethoven. $15. Sunday, November 5.

Westminster

Choir College

Niles Chapel, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

Recital. Piano duo with Patricia Landy and Galina Prilutskaya. Free. Thursday, September 21.

Recital. Franklin Strings featuring Marjorie Selden, viola, and Carol Redfield Vizzini, cello. Free. Thursday, October 19.

Recital. Nancy Froysland Hoerl, soprano, and James Day, guitar. Free. Thursday, November 16.

Westminster Choir College at Bristol Chapel

Contracanto and Arabiano. Choir and band from Recife, Brazil. Free. Sunday, September 24.

Faculty Recital. "I Virtuosi del Seicento" featuring Timothy Urban, recorder and voice; Flora Newberry, cornetto and recorder; David Black, cello; and Gavin Black, harpsichord and organ. $15. Sunday, October 1.

Fuma Sacra. Schutz’s St. Luke Passion. Andrew Megill directs. $15. Sunday, October 8.

Faculty Recital. Mark Moliterno, bass baritone, and Richard Pearson Thomas, piano. $15. Sunday, October 8.

Faculty Recital. Danielle Sinclair and Denise Mihalik, voice, and Kathy Shanklin, piano. $10. Sunday, October 15.

Westminster Jubilee Singers. Thanksgiving concert. Conducted by J. Donald Dumpson. $15. Sunday, October 29.

Westminster Kantorei. Fall concert specializing in music from Renaissance and Baroque eras. Conducted by Andrew Megill. $15. Friday, November 3.

Faculty Recital. Wind concert. $10. Friday, November 10.

Westminster Choir. Durufle Requiem conducted by Joe Miller. $15. Saturday, November 11.

Cool Yule Jazz IV. Philip Orr on piano and Jerry Rife on clarinet. $15. Friday, December 1.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Handbell Holiday Concert directed by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne. $15. Saturday, December 2.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Handbell Holiday Concert directed by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne. $15. Sunday, December 3.

Fuma Sacra. The Best Nowells That E’er Befell. Andrew Megill directs. $20. Sunday, December 10.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Series. Music for Midwinter. $15. Friday, December 15.

Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale. A Concert for Chanukah. $15. Saturday, December 16.

Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir. Magnificat. $15. Sunday, December 17.

Westminster Choir College at Gill Chapel, Rider University, Lawrenceville.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Series. Three Birthdays. $10. Saturday, September 30.

Westminster Choir College at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Westminster Symphonic Choir. "Beginnings and Endings" conducted by Joe Miller. $15. Friday, October 20.

Westminster Choir College at Princeton High School Performing Arts Center.

Westminster Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum. "A Choral Tapestry" conducted by Sun Min Lee, Andrew Megill, and James Jordan. $15. Saturday, October 28.

Westminster Opera Theater. Holiday at the Opera. $15. Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3.

Westminster Community Orchestra. "As the Story Goes." $15. Sunday, December 17.

Westminster Choir College at Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Westminster Williamson Voices. "A Candlelight Christmas." The select ensemble of 35 singers is conducted by James Jordan. $15. Saturday, December 2.

Rider Choir. Free. Sunday, December 3.

Westminster Choir College at Princeton University Chapel, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

An Evening of Readings and Carols. Westminster choirs and brass ensemble. $45. Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9.

Westminster Choir College at Riverside Church, New York City

Westminster Symphonic Choir. Handel’s Messiah. Wednesday, December 20 through Saturday, December 23.

Westminster Choir College at Richardson Auditorium

Westminster Community Orchestra. Images from Abroad. Saturday, November 4.

Westminster Choir College at the Art Gallery, Luedeke Center, Rider University

Chamber Music Concert. Westminster Winds. Free. Thursday, November 16.

Zimmerli Art Museum

George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237, www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.

Opera Master Classes. Sunday, October 8.

The Art of Music. Maia String Quartet. Sunday, October 15.

The Art of Music. The music of Bela Bartok presented by pianist Rosanne Vita-Nahass. Sunday, October 22.

The Art of Music. A concert of German and French art songs presented by Gudrun Buhler and Dennis Malone. Sunday, October 29.

The Art of Music. Arias and Ensembles. Sunday, November 5.

Opera Master Classes. Sunday, November 12.

The Art of Music. Jazz concert presented by Libby Richman. Sunday, November 19.

Opera Master Classes. Sunday, December 3.

The Art of Music. Holiday Fare with New Jersey Opera Theater. Sunday, December 17.

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