November is full of great classical music performances in the Triangle. Treat yourself to some of these best bets before the holiday madness begins.
Mallarmé Chamber Players
The concert, “Violins of Hope,” is based on James Grymes’ novel about what happened to violins owned by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Works include Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht,” plus contemporary choral pieces by Allan Friedman and David Kirkland Garner. Nov. 9. Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. $5-$25. 919-560-2788 or mallarmemusic.org.
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The fourth annual festival, held in memory of the great Polish pianist, finishes with recitals by two guest artists. Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter plays Haydn, Debussy and Liszt (Nov. 11), and Kamil Pacholec performs Chopin, Brahms and Paderewski (Nov. 12), both at the N.C. Museum of Art Auditorium, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. $15-$20. 919-233-8942 or paderewski-festival.org.
On Nov. 16, conductor Douglas Boyd leads the orchestra and N.C. Master Chorale in Mozart’s stirring Requiem at Raleigh’s new Sacred Name of Jesus Cathedral, 715 Nazareth St. On Nov. 17 and 18, the Requiem and Vaughn Williams’ Symphony No. 3 are on the program in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall (2 E. South St., Raleigh), and also in Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall (208 E Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill) on Nov. 19. $47 (Nov. 16); $18-$79 (Nov. 17-19). 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org.
Raleigh Civic Symphony
The orchestra celebrates American composers with George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue’ (Clara Yang, soloist), along with works by Aaron Copland, Christopher Theofanidis and a premiere by Jessica Meyer. Nov. 19. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, on the campus of N.C. State University. $5-$10. 919-515-1100 or raleighcivicsymphony.com.
Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival
The East Carolina University-based chamber group regularly visits the Triangle. Its Nov. 19 concert offers Brahms’ Piano Quartet in A Major, Dvorak’s “Silent Woods” and Fauré’s Piano Quartet in G Minor. Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh. $10-$30. 252-328-4788 or ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/fourseasons.
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle
Conductor Lorenzo Muti leads his players in 19th century masterworks by Brahms (“Variations on a Theme by Haydn”) and Dvorak (Violin Concerto with soloist Tim Fain). Nov. 19. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. $30 (students free). 919-560-3030 or thecot.org.