The N.C. Symphony and the N.C Master Chorale join forces for the second half of J.S. Bachs glorious Christmas Oratorio Friday and Saturday in Raleighs Meymandi Concert Hall. The text for these three cantatas (meant for performance on separate church calendar days) recounts the naming of Jesus, the journey of the magi and the adoration by the magi. Four vocal soloists join conductor Grant Llewellyn for this holiday-themed concert. 8 p.m. $24-$75 (students $15). ncsymphony.org.
• The Triangle Guitar Society presents guitarist Jorge Caballero in a wide-ranging program that includes an arrangement of Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and J.S. Bach’s Partita BWV 1013. Church of the Good Shepherd, Durham. Friday, 8 p.m. $18. triangleguitar.org.
• Guest conductor Evan Feldman leads the Chapel Hill Philharmonia in a free concert that features Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and selections from Prokofiev’s ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” Hill Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. chapelhillphilharmonia.org.