The Durham Symphony, in collaboration with Duke University, participates in a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute concert Saturday evening in Baldwin Auditorium. The orchestra plays Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” an excerpt from Bill Robinson’s “Birthday Symphony” and Duke Ellington’s last major work, “Three Black Kings.” Additional performers include John Brown “Little” Big Band and Rene Marie.
8 p.m. $20 (students/seniors free). 919-684-4444 or durhamsymphony.org.
- Cellist Brent Wissick and pianist Andrew Willis play a free program of Mendelssohn works Friday night in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Person Recital Hall. Details at music.unc.edu.
- Guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with pianist Inon Barnatan, plus Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” and Andrew Norman’s “Suspend.” Details at ncsymphony.org.
- The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s Sunday afternoon concert with the Concert Singers of Cary at Durham’s Carolina Theatre features choral works by Haydn, Still, and Vaughn Williams. Details at thecot.org.