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Benefit concert

Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston’s medical community, will present an evening of music by Rossini and Haydn from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. The orchestra will perform Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Haydn’s “Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major,” with guest cellist Amit Peled, and “Symphony No. 3 in EFlat Major, Op. 97 “Rhenish”” by Schumann. Tickets range from $15 to $45. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization, College Behind Bars. Visit www.longwoodsymphony.org or call 617-987-0100 to purchase tickets and for more details.

Handel oratorio

Boston Baroque will perform Handel’s masterpiece “Jephtha” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. Handel’s final oratorio will be performed by an all-star cast including tenor Nicholas Phan in the title role, countertenor Randall Scotting as Hamor, soprano Ava Pine as Iphis, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero as Storge, bass-baritone Dashon Burton as Zebul and soprano Sonja Tengblad as the Angel. Visit www.bostonbaroque.org  or call 617- 4848-9200 for tickets and further information.

Beethoven symphony

The Handel and Hayden Society will perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. The program will also feature Mozart’s Overture to “The Magic Flute” and the “Clarinet Concerto No. 1” by Carl Maria von Weber, with clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. A pre-concert conversation, “Musically Speaking,” with Teresa Neff will be held 45 minutes before each concert. For more details, visit www.handelandhaydn.org or call 617-266-3605.

Music of ‘Selma’

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present “Raise You Up” at 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. The show will feature music from “Kinky Boots,” Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston and the choral theatre piece “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” and its companion piece, Academy Award-winning song “Glory” from the film “Selma.” Singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer and YouTube personality Todrick Hall will join the 200 members of the chorus as special guest. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bgmc.org/concerts or call 617- 542-7464.

American masterpieces

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will present A Far Cry, the Gardner’s resident chamber orchestra, in concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. The program will feature four American masterpieces, spanning six decades. Composer Julia Perry developed into an important mid-century modern composer, although one too-little known during her own time. The ensemble will champion her moving “Stabat Mater,” along with John Adams’s hypnotizing “Shaker Loops,” Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Sinfonietta No. 1” and “Starburst” by Jessie Montgomery. Contralto Nicole Michelle will be the special guest musician. Tickets are $31 adults, $28 seniors, $19 members and $15 students and children, ages 7 to 17, and include general admission to the museum’s galleries and the special exhibition gallery. Visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617- 566-1401 to purchase tickets.