For the 150th anniversary of the singing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the N.C. Symphony plays themed concerts Friday and Saturday night in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall. The centerpiece is Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” with narrator David Hartman and James Westwater’s projected Civil War and Civil Rights Movement images. William Henry Curry also conducts works by Roy Harris, John Adams and Charles Ives. 8 p.m. $18-$50. 919-733-2750; ncsymphony.org.
Other highlights: • Saturday: Talich Quartet with pianist Orion Weiss – works by Dvorak, Janacek and Martinu. Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University. 8 p.m. $30. 919-684-4444. dukeperformances.duke.edu. • Sunday: N.C. Bach Festival Winter Concert – selections from Cantatas 59, 140, 156 and the orchestral suites, plus works for cello and organ. Raleigh Moravian Church, 4 p.m. Free. 919-787-4034; raleighmoravian.org.