Duke Performances’ Chamber Arts Series hosts the Paris-based Ébène String Quartet for the first time. The four Frenchmen can play anything, according to the critics and evidenced by their recordings. Saturday’s program includes three quartets: Mozart’s 16th, Mendelssohn’s 2nd and Schumann’s 3rd. Baldwin Auditorium, Duke East Campus, 8 p.m. $15-$32. 919-684-4444 or dukeperformances.duke.edu.
• Guest conductor Andrew Grams helms the N.C. Symphony’s Friday Favorites concert at noon Friday in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, offering Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale, plus a suite from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” The same works, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (with Karen Gomyo, soloist), make up Friday and Saturday night’s concerts in the same venue. Details at ncsymphony.org.
• The Choral Society of Durham’s Chamber Choir joins the Mallarmé Chamber Players and Helen Simoneau Danse for “Curious Commissions,” a program of works by Bach, de Falla and Menotti, staged in Duke’s Reynolds Theatre Sunday afternoon. Details at mallarmemusic.org.