Classical Picks

The best classical picks, January 24

CorrespondentJanuary 23, 2014 

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    • Chapel Hill’s Women’s Voices Chorus offers two performances of “Songs of Our Sisters” that includes world premieres by Jayne Swank and WVC artistic director, Allan Friedman, along with commissions from the group’s previous 20 years. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill; 3 p.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church, Durham. $15 (student $5). womensvoiceschorus.org.

    • The Durham Symphony Orchestra celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. with a tribute concert in the Durham Armory. William Henry Curry conducts classical works and spirituals as well as his own “Eulogy for a Dream.” 4 p.m. Sunday. $5-$15 (age 3 and under free). durhamsymphony.org.

    • The Smedes Parlor Concert Series at Raleigh’s St. Mary’s School has a free program featuring flutist Mary Boone and harpist Vonda Darr in music by Piazzolla, Ravel, Nielsen and Gershwin. 8 p.m. Tuesday. sms.edu/calendars.

N.C. Opera stages the ever-popular “La Bohème” this weekend with two performances in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. Puccini’s romantic story of love at first sight in 1830s Paris stars Angela Fout as the seamstress Mimi and Eric Barry as the poet Rodolfo. Winston-Salem Symphony music director Robert Moody conducts, with stage direction by Crystal Manich of the highly praised Opera Omnia of New York City. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$83. ncopera.org.

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