The Concert Singers of Cary offers the N.C. premiere of the rarely heard Samuel Barber work, “The Lovers.” The 1971 composition, set to texts by Pablo Neruda, tells of a love affair from happy start to painful finish. Also on the program at the Cary Arts Center Saturday are love songs by other American composers, including Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Billy Joel and Eric Whitacre. 7:30 p.m. $18-$20 (students free). 919-469-4069 or concertsingers.org.
• N.C. Symphony music director, Grant Llewellyn, nears the end of his multiseason survey of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies in Meymandi Concert Hall Friday and Saturday. The sweeping, six-movement Symphony No. 3 includes women’s chorus, boys’ choir and alto soloist. Details at ncsymphony.org.
• The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle ends its season Sunday in Durham’s Carolina Theatre with a program featuring soloist Louis Schwizgebel-Wang in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2, plus a Mozart symphony and a competition-winning work by Andrea Gies. Details at thecot.org.