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It’s a treat from down under tonight when the Aussies kick out the proverbial jams. The Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by conductor and violinist Richart Tognetti, is that country’s only national orchestra, but it covers musical terrains with the vigor and enthusiasm of a dozen ensembles. Tonight’s program reaches back to the Baroque with a Handel concerto grosso, then leaps forward a few centuries with new arrangements of Symanowski’s String Quartet No. 2 (a U.S. premiere) and George Crumb’s Black Angels. Cellist Steven Isserlis, a gifted interpreter of historical works and an active musicological scholar, also joins the orchestra for Haydn’s Concerto in C Major. At 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $15-37.50. (202) 467-4600. (Amy Domingues)