The N.C. Symphony opens its Raleigh classical series with performances Friday and Saturday night in Meymandi Concert Hall. Music director Grant Llewellyn conducts Stravinsky’s puppet-in-love ballet, “Petrouchka” and Rachmaninoff’s lush Piano Concerto No. 1, with noted pianist and recording artist, Stephen Hough.
8 p.m. $18-$76. 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org.
- Duke Performances presents the Dover Quartet in Baldwin Auditorium Saturday, playing quartets by Mozart and Beethoven, plus David Ludwig’s “Pale Blue Dot.” Details at dukeperformances.duke.edu.
- Prolific recording artist Frederic Chiu gives a free recital at Ruggero Piano Company Sunday afternoon, performing works by Debussy, Prokofiev and Glass. Details at ruggeropiano.com.
- The Mallarmé Chamber Players open the new season with a high tea concert in a private home Sunday (directions given with ticket purchase). The program includes a cello sonata (Britten), a string trio (Alwyn) and a piano quartet (Bliss). Details at mallarmemusic.org.