Summer may be fading, yet the Hub’s arts scene is heating up with a dazzling array of dance, music, theater and more
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Music director Andris Nelsons (pictured above) enters his sixth year at the helm of the venerable orchestra, which begins its 139th season on September 19.
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., 888-266-1200, bso.org
Boston Film Festival
The 35th annual showcase screens new features, documentaries and more in the Seaport September 19–22.
The Lion King
Skip the cinema and experience the blockbuster Disney musical live and in person October 3–27.
Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., 866-523-7469, boston.broadway.com
David Byrne’s American Utopia
The former Talking Heads front man brings his latest solo project to Boston for a pre-Broadway run September 11–28.
Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., 888-616-0272, emersoncolonialtheatre.com
ArtsEmerson opens its 10th anniversary season with this circus-style, travel-themed show from Montreal-based The 7 Fingers, who return to Boston for the seventh time September 25–October 13.
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., 617-824-8400, artsemerson.org
Soprano Lauren Michelle stars in Boston Lyric Opera’s immersive production September 27–October 6.
DCR Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial St., 617-542-6772, blo.org
Concert for One
Celebrity Series hosts free one-on-one music performances at two locations September 20–29.
Rose Kennedy Greenway’s Chin Park; Harvard Science Center Plaza, Cambridge; celebrityseries.org
GlobeDocs Film Festival
Documentaries, along with post-show discussions with Boston Globe reporters, take center stage in Harvard Square, Brookline and the Seaport from October 2–6.
Boston Ballet’s Giselle
Boston’s premier dance company kicks off its season September 19–29 with a version of the timeless ballet staged by former Boston Ballet principal dancer Larissa Ponomarenko.
Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., 617-695-6955, bostonballet.org
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
The Tony Award-winning play by Tom Stoppard takes the stage in the Fenway September 20–October 20 courtesy of Huntington Theatre Company.
Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., 617-266-0800, huntingtontheatre.org