M allarmé Chamber Players offer an unusual instrumental grouping (5 bassoons) in an unusual location (Durhams Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.) for Sunday nights program titled How Low Can You Go? A number of short works are scheduled, from arrangements of Gounod and Rossini to modern compositions by Michael Burns and John Fitz Rogers, along with the premiere of Trevor Bumgarners As It Exists. 7:30 p.m. $18-$20. 919-560-2788; mallarmemusic.org.
• Friday and Sunday: Duke University Opera Workshop – scenes from comic operas by Donizetti, Menotti, Mozart, Smetana, and Verdi. Nelson Music Room, Duke. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 919-660-3300; music.duke.edu.
• Saturday: Ciompi Quartet – Mozart: Quartet No. 21; Enescu: Piano Quintet (with pianist James Tocco); and the premiere of Scott Lindroth’s String Quartet (with cellist Ashley Bathgate). Nelson Music Room, Duke University. 8 p.m. $20. 919-684-4444, dukeperformances.duke.edu.
• Sunday: UNC Lab Orchestra – works by Mendelssohn, Elgar and Mozart (Horn Concerto No. 3 with soloist Andrew McAfee). Hill Hall, UNC-CH. 7:30 p.m. Free. 919-962-1039; music.unc.edu.