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Sam Markson: “I’m eyeing the program at Ryles this week. Also check out some of the shows at Berklee (big stage and small — a lot of them free). For you theatrical types, check out The Corn is Green at the Huntington (see article), Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Zero Arrow Theatre, and Howard Zinn’s Daughter of Venus at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (great for families, I hear).”

Sudeep Agarwala: “Sure, it’s early, but never early enough to start preparing for Benjamin Britten’s re-telling of Noah and his Arc in the childrens’ opera Noyes Fludde, playing Saturday, February 7, 2009. More information can be found at http://www.cantatasingers.org/season/08-09/feb7.htm

“Also, Haydn (how I love you ­—)! New England Conservatory piano students have and are continuing to perform all of Papa Haydn’s keyboard sonatas at the New England Conservatory. The first recitals were on January 22 and 27. Lecture on January 30 with future performances on February 3, 5, 9, 12 and March 4. Admission is free. More information at http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu/haydn/

“And while we’re on the topic of the NEC, the Celebrity Series of Boston presents Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff on piano and violin, respectively playing Mozart, Brahms, Janáček and Schubert on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at http://celebrityseries.org/CS_performers/andsnes_tetzlaff.htm