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Our classical music picks, and one opera, for April

JACK Quartet, a  new-generation foursome, supports and explores new music in all its forms. They perform  April 26 at the Rubenstein Arts Center at  Duke University as part of the Duke Performances program.
JACK Quartet, a new-generation foursome, supports and explores new music in all its forms. They perform April 26 at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University as part of the Duke Performances program.

Music by American composers and concert stagings of famous love stories dominate April classical performances in the Triangle.

UNC Symphony Orchestra

The 90-member ensemble under conductor Tonu Kalam, fills its final concert of the season with Steve Reich’s “Duet, Bizet’s Suite No. 2 from “L’arlésienne” and Dvorak’s less often played Symphony No. 6.

Details: April 18, 7:30 p.m. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron St., Chapel Hill, UNC. $5-$10. 919-843-3333 or music.unc.edu.

Raleigh Civic Symphony

Peter Askim leads the orchestra in works by N.C. composers, including N.C. Symphony founder Lamar Stringfield, Pulitzer Prize winner Karel Husa and Duke University composer Scott Lee.

Details: April 22, 4 p.m. Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh, N.C. State University. $8-$10. 919-515-1100 or music.arts.ncsu.edu.

Choral Society of Durham

Renowned organist and recording artist, David Briggs, plays his transcription of Mahler’s glorious Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), with participation by the Choral Society of Durham and the Duke Chapel Choir.

Details: April 22, 5 p.m. Duke University Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham. Free. 919-560-2733 or choral-society.org.

JACK Quartet

This new-generation foursome supports and explores new music in all its forms. The all-American program for Duke Performances includes pieces by Erin Gee, Mark Applebaum, Anthony Braxton and Philip Glass.

Details: April 26, 8 p.m. Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, Duke University. $20-$28. 919-684-4444 or dukeperformances.duke.edu.

North Carolina Symphony

Actors from the UNC School of the Arts join the orchestra for a semi-staged production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Grant Llewellyn conducts musical excerpts from works about the famous lovers by Berlioz, Prokofiev, Delius and Kabalevsky.

Details: April 27-28, 8 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $18-$79. 919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org.

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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

North Carolina Opera

The company stages Camille Saint-Saens’ opulent “Samson and Delilah” in concert, conducted by Timothy Myers. Metropolitan Opera veterans Carl Tanner and Michaela Martens sing the Biblical lovers.

Details: April 29, 2 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $26-$99. 919-792-3853 or ncopera.org.

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