The week ahead: Music
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PATRICIA BARBER The unique Chicago-based singer, songwriter, and pianist with the crisp, cool, cerebral style brings her band to Boston in support of her brand new disc “Smash,” yet another chapter of her remarkably literate oeuvre. Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. Regattabar. Tickets: $25. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com Kevin Lowenthal
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Charles Dutoit returns with works by Hindemith and Prokofiev, and Stephen Hough joins as piano soloist in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Jan. 24-26. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Harry Christophers leads H&H in a program that includes music from Purcell’s semi-opera “The Indian Queen.” With vocal soloists Jonathan Best and Zachary Wilder. Jan. 25 in Jordan Hall, Jan. 27 at Sanders Theatre. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org
QUICKSILVER Directed by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, this ensemble made a big splash at its 2011 Boston Early Music Festival debut. It returns on Saturday with a program highlighting “the extravagant and virtuosic chamber music of 17th century Germany.” Works by Bertali, Rosenmüller, Schmelzer, and Biber. Jan. 26. First Church in Cambridge. 617-661-1812, bemf.org
NEW MUSIC The Concord Chamber Music Society premieres Yehudi Wyner’s “Concordance” (for piano quartet) on a program with works by Mozart and Ravel (Jan. 27. Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. www.concordchambermusic.org). And Dinosaur Annex premieres a new work by Yu-Hui Chang alongside music by Annie Gosfield, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Daniel S. Godfrey, and Steven Stuckey (Jan. 27. Harvard’s Paine Hall, www.dinosaurannex.org). Jeremy Eichler