Yes, many musicians are celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday this season, but there’s much more. (Even a viola festival!)

NEW ENGLAND PHILHARMONIC Adroitly mixing music new, newish and old, this ensemble’s season begins on Oct. 26 with 21st-century scores by Hilary Purrington, Gunther Schuller and Hannah Lash, alongside classics by Ravel and Schoenberg. April 25 brings the premiere of a violin-clarinet double concerto by Eric Nathan, who also has his Concerto for Orchestra premiering with the Boston Symphony at the start of the season.

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The New York Times
By Zachary Woolfe
Published Sept. 12, 2019
Updated Sept. 16, 2019, 9:54 a.m. ET