Classical Picks

The best classical picks, April 25

CorrespondentApril 24, 2014 

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    • The N.C. Symphony’s concerts Friday and Saturday in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall offer early Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 2) and late Prokofiev (Symphony No. 6). Grant Llewellyn conducts, with soloist Yefim Bronfman. Details at

    • The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra programs Barber’s evocative “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”) Sunday afternoon in Meredith College’s Jones Auditorium. Details at

    • Duke Performances has up-and-coming British piano virtuoso, Benjamin Grosvenor, in recital in Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium on Sunday, with music by Schubert, Schumann, Medtner, Mompou and Ravel. Details at

Choral music fans have two chances to hear the 170-voice N.C. Master Chorale perform Rachmaninoff’s “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” this weekend. The text, used by the Eastern Orthodox Church in worship services, is sung unaccompanied with richly harmonized, haunting melodies. Binkley Chapel, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, 8 p.m. Friday; Broughton High School Auxiliary Gym, Raleigh, 3 p.m. Sunday. $21-$24 (students $5). 919-856-9700 or

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