Here are our picks for classical concerts and opera – some strings attached

Emerson String Quartet, the celebrated American string quartet, plays Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium May 5.
Emerson String Quartet, the celebrated American string quartet, plays Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium May 5. Lisa Mazzucco

▪ Lawrence Brownlee: March 25, Moeser Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill. carolinaperformingarts.org. The renowned African-American tenor has appeared in opera houses around the world, but also has performed for the Supreme Court justices, sung the national anthem at a Steelers/Browns game and has been on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts.” His recital here includes arias, spirituals and show tunes.

▪ “Samson and Delilah”: April 29, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. ncopera.org. French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ romantic and dramatic opera, based on the well-known Biblical lovers, gets a concert performance from N.C. Opera, starring tenor Carl Tanner and mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens, both Metropolitan Opera regulars.

▪ Emerson String Quartet: May 5, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University. dukeperformances.duke.edu. The celebrated American string quartet, with nine Grammys and a 52-disc box set to its credit, returns to the Triangle with 20th century quartets by Barber, Webern and Bartók, plus Beethoven’s unusual six-movement Quartet No. 13.

Lawrence Brownlee
Renowned African-American tenor Lawrence Brownlee performs March 25 at Moeser Auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill Mar. 25. The performance will include arias, spirituals and show tunes. Shervin Lainez

N.C. Symphony concerts

The North Carolina Symphony continues to find creative ways of bringing its lush sound to a variety of unusual programming. Concerts are at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh. For times and tickets, go to ncsymphony.org.

▪ “The Music of Michael Jackson”: March 8. Singer James Delisco and a full band join the orchestra under conductor Martin Herman for an evening of hits, including “I’ll Be There,” “Beat It” and “ABC.”

▪ “Romeo and Juliet”: April 27-28. Actors from the UNC School of the Arts perform a semi-staged production of Shakespeare’s tragic love story, accompanied by the orchestra in music based on the play by Prokofiev, Berlioz, Kabalevsky and others.

▪ “Amadeus”: June 7-8. The orchestra plays the score of the 1984 Academy Award Best Picture winner live while the film is shown on a huge HD screen above the musicians and choir.

Tanner Headshot
Tenor Carl Tanner will star in N.C. Opera’s production of “Samson and Delilah” at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh April 29. Piper Anselmi Artists Management
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