Richard Dyer’s classical picks
  • Orchestral: James Levine concerts with Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Opera: John Adams’s ‘‘Nixon in China,’’ Opera Boston
  • New work: ‘‘Ayre,’’ by Osvaldo Golijov (Bank of America Celebrity Series)
  • Concerto: Garrick Ohlsson playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, conductor
  • Piano recital: Leon Fleisher (Bank of America Celebrity Series)
  • Early music: ‘‘Andromeda Liberata,’’ by Vivaldi and others, performed by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon, conductor (Boston Early Music Festival)
  • Chamber music series: ‘‘John Harbison and His World’’ (Emmanuel Music)
  • Vocal recital: mezzo-soprano Mitsuko Shirai, with pianist Hartmut Hoell (Houghton Library’s Chamber Music Series)
  • Choral: Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, English Renaissance choral music
  • Uniquely Boston-style series: ‘‘Tuesdays With Sebastian,’’ with keyboard artists Peter Sykes and Christa Rakich
  • Musician of the year: James Levine