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National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba: The Havana-based ensemble brings its first-ever U.S. tour to the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach Nov. 10-11 for performances of Schubert and Gershwin, but also pieces from its  homeland: “Guaguancó” by composer Guido López-Gavilán, who will conduct; and Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malagueña.” Says the Kravis Center’s Sharon McDaniel: “It’s a different look at classical music and, perhaps, classical composers that grew up in a different culture than we’re used to. It’s really exciting.” Tickets start at $25 at KravisCenter.org.

Seraphic Fire: Coming off 10th anniversary celebrations that included two Grammy Award nominations, the choral company Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra open a new season during the height of presidential politics Oct. 17-21 with a paean to the uncomplicated virtues of Americana. “Simple Gifts” is a meditation on music from the Shaker tradition, with works by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen and others, with performances from Coral Gables to Boca Raton. Full-season subscriptions (eight concerts) from $283 at SeraphicFire.org.

New World Symphony: The global vision of NWS takes an unorthodox turn on Dec. 15-16 when Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki and clarinetist Kari Kriikku join forces on the U.S. premiere of composer Kaija Saariaho’s Clarinet Concerto. For a more guilty pleasure, we’re looking forward to conductor John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet performing an evening called “Absolute Jest” on Dec. 1. Subscriptions and individual tickets at Nws.edu.

The Cleveland Orchestra: The ensemble, led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, puts an appropriate exclamation point on its annual four-concert residency at Miami’s Arsht Center on March 15-16 with performances of Beethoven’s muscular and magnificent Ninth Symphony. Subscriptions from $135 at ArshtCenter.org.


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The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields: The revered, five-decade-old orchestra and musical director Joshua Bell close the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ four-concert classical series (with Murray Perahia, Itzhak Perlman and the Russian National Orchestra) on March 18, an evening that comes with a lagniappe from up-and-coming young cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Subscriptions from $104 at BrowardCenter.org. The orchestra, with Weilerstein, also performs March 19 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Subscriptions from $102 at Kravis.org.