Classical Picks

The best classical picks, May 3

CorrespondentMay 2, 2013 

N.C. Opera offers a semi-staged production of Verdi’s “Aida” tonight and Sunday afternoon. The gripping story of a Pharaoh’s daughter and her Ethiopian slave, both in love with an Egyptian military commander, has vengeful arias and soaring love duets. Angela Brown sings the title role, which she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and around the world. Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, 8 p.m. Friday; Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$83. 919-792-3850;

ncopera.org.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

• Saturday: Choral Society of Durham, with Durham Children’s Choir and orchestra - Britten’s “Spring Symphony” and Haydn’s “The Seasons” (“Spring” section). Duke University Chapel, 8 p.m. $20. 919-560-2733; choral-society.org.

• Sunday: North Carolina Master Chorale in “Gypsy Songs” – works by Brahms, Schumann, Kodaly, Castelnuevo-Tedesco and Styne. Hayes-Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh. 3 p.m. $15-$18. 919-856-9700; ncmasterchorale.org.

• Sunday: Raleigh Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven Symphony No. 1, Dvorak Symphony No. 8 and Rodrigo “Concierto de Aranjuez.” Jones Auditorium, Meredith College. 7 p.m. $20-$25. 919-546-9755; raleighsymphony.org.

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