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Classical music performances

Shara Worden & So Percussion play Baldwin Auditorium and Motorco Music Hall through Duke Performances in November.
Shara Worden & So Percussion play Baldwin Auditorium and Motorco Music Hall through Duke Performances in November. Shara Worden

Carolina Performing Arts

Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

▪ Hossein Alizadeh, Iranian composer, instrumentalist and conductor performing new interpretations of classical Persian music. Performing with Hossein Behroozinia, Behnam Samani and Saba Alizadeh. 8 p.m., Sept. 9. $20.

▪ Brooklyn Rider, string quartet, performing with Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, 8 p.m., Oct. 7. Tickets start at $25.

▪  Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov. violinists, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7. Tickets start at $20.

▪ China Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor Long Yu, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8. Tickets start at $25.

Cary Community Choir

▪ 45th Handel’s Messiah Concert, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, 110 SE Maynard Road. Free admissions, donations welcome.

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle

Concerts at 3 p.m., Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham,

$30, students free. 919-560-3030,

▪ “The Dawn of German Romanticism,” C. M. von Weber Overture to Der Freischütz; R. Schumann Overture to Genoveva; F. Schubert Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus (complete incidental music) with Susannah Rhodes Stewart, soprano, and the Concert Singers of Cary. Oct. 9.

▪ “From Quartet to String Orchestra,” D. Shostakovitch Chamber Symphony, op. 73a and D. Shostakovitch Chamber Symphony, op. 110a, Nov. 20.

Chapel Hill Philharmonia


▪ Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” 3 p.m., Oct. 23, Kenan Rehearsal Hall, 125 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. Free.

▪ Members of the UNC Voice Faculty in performances of works by American composers, 3 p.m., Dec. 11, Carrboro High School Auditorium, 201 Rock Haven Road, Carrboro. Free.

Duke Performances

Unless otherwise noted shows at 8 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, Durham


▪ Dover Quartet, performing Mozart, Beethoven, Sept. 24. $15-$38.

▪ Simone Dinnerstein, piano, Sept. 30 $15-$42.

▪ Mivos Quartet, Oct. 6, Nelson Music Room. $15-$24.

▪ Saul Williams & Mivos Quartet, Oct. 7, Nelson Music Room, $15-$28.

▪ Belcea Quartet, Oct. 15. $15-$42.

▪ Ian Bostridge and Thomas Ades, tenor and collaborative pianist, Oct. 20. $15-$62.

▪ South Dakota Chorale, performing “Tyberg Project: Music Lost in the Holocaust,” conducted by Brian Schmidt with Kit Jacobson, organist. Oct. 22, Duke Chapel. $15-$36.

▪ Pacifica Quartet featuring Johannes Moser, cellist, Nov. 5. $15-$42.

▪ Sergei Babayan, Nov. 12. $15-$38.

▪ Shara Nova (formerly Shara Worden) & So Percussion, Nov. 18 at Baldwin, $15-$38. And at 9 p.m. Nov. 19, Motorco Music Hall. $15-$24.

▪ Chanticleer with A Chanticleer Christmas,” 7 p.m. Nov. 27. $15-$48.

▪ St. Lawrence String Quartet, Dec. 3. $15-$42.

▪ Jeremy Denk, Dec. 10. $15-$42.

Duke University Chapel

Science Drive, Durham.


▪ Celebration of Music with the Duke Chapel Choir, Vespers Ensemble and Evensong Siners, 8 p.m., Sept. 29.

▪ Handel Messiah by the Duke Chapel Choir & Orchestra Pro Cantores, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 2 p.m., Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Dec. 4.

Durham Symhony Orchestra


▪ Halloween Spooktacular 41st Season Kick-off with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, 4 p.m., Oct. 23, Northgate Mall, 1058 W Club Blvd, Durham. Free.

▪ Holiday Pops & Silent Auction with guest conductor Jackson Cooper, 7 p.m., Dec. 3, Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham.

Halle Cultural Arts Center

237 N. Salem St. Apex.

▪ Classical Concert Series – An Afternoon at the Opera, 3 p.m., Oct. 9. $16/$12.

North Carolina Master Chorale

919-856-9700 or

▪ Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast,” subtitled “The Power of Music: An Ode in Honour of St. Cecilia’s Day,” performed by the 170-voice Chorale, soloists, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle present the NCMC premiere of Alexander’s Feast. 3 p.m., Oct. 22, Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. $25, general admission.

▪ ”Joy of the Season,” traditional Christmas carols, classical selections and contemporary favorites performed by the Carolina Brass with the Chorale and the NCMC Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St, Raleigh. $27-$38, reserved seating.

NCSU Music Department

Performances at 7 p.m., Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, and tickets $10 unless otherwise noted. 919-515-1100,

▪ Faculty Recital: Dr. Thomas Koch, piano and Dr. Jonathan Kramer, cello, Oct 4.

▪ Wind Ensemble, Nov 3.

▪ Fall Choral Collage, Nov 4.

▪ Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra, 4 p.m., Nov 6.

▪ Jazz Ensemble I, Nov 10.

▪ NC State Pipes and Drums, 2 p.m., Nov 12, Stafford Commons, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave. Free.

▪ Ladies in Red, Nov 12

▪ Raleigh Civic Symphony, 4 p.m., Nov 20.

▪ Jazz Ensemble II, Nov 21.

▪ Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I, holiday concert, Dec 1.

▪ Choral Holiday Concert, Dec 2.

▪ Grains of Time, 7 p.m., Dec 3, State Ballroom, Talley Student Union.

▪  Faculty Jazz Recital: Wes Parker, trombone, 7 p.m., Dec 8, Titmus Theatre, 2241 Dunn Ave., Raleigh

N.C. Symphony

Shows at Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2. E. South St., Raleigh, and tickets $18-$57 unless otherwise noted.


▪ Opening Night: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Stephen Hough. Grant Llewellyn conducts. 7:30 p..m., Sept. 22, Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill; Sept. 23-24, 8 p.m., Meymandi. $18-$67.

▪ Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5., noon and 8 p.m., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Oct. 8, Meymandi, Raleigh; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9, Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill.

▪ Blockbuster Film Scores: epic film favorites from “Harry Potter,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Pink Panther” and more. David Glover conducts. 8 p.m., Oct. 14-15. $30-$67.

▪ Enigma Variations: Elgar’s individualistic and emotive sketches. Strauss “Horn Concerto No. 2” features NC Symphony’s Rebekah Daley; Joshua Weilerstein conducts. 8 p.m., Oct. 21-22.

▪ Soundbites at the Pub, dinner and music, at Irregardless Café in Raleigh. 6 p.m., Oct. 24. $67, includes meal.

▪ Young People’s Concert: The Music of “Star Wars.” 7 p.m., Oct. 28, 1 and 4 p.m.; Oct. 29. Costume contest; kid-friendly activities in the lobby one hour before each concert. $23.

▪ Copland Classics, plus works by Barber and John Williams; with conductor Teddy Abrams. 8 p.m., Nov. 4-5.

▪ Bach Double Violin Concerto, featuring N.C. Symphony musicians Elizabeth Phelps and Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, plus selections from Handel, Vivaldi and more. Jeannette Sorrell conducts. Noon, Nov. 11, Meymandi, Raleigh; 7:30 p.m, Nov. 13, Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill.

▪ “The Planets: Live.” Music accompanied by HD images on the big screen courtesy of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Carlos Izcaray conducts. 8 p.m., Nov. 18-19. $18-$67

▪ A Kid’s Christmas: Music from “The Polar Express,” “Frozen” and more. Featuring the Triangle Youth Ballet and the Raleigh Boychoir. David Glover conducts. 3 p.m., Nov. 23. $23.

▪ Holiday Pops: Including performances by the Triangle Youth Ballet and Raleigh Boychoir. Meet Santa in the lobby before the concert. 7:30 p.m, Nov. 25, 3 p.m., Nov. 26. $43-$64.

▪ Messiah Choruses, joined by the North Carolina Master Chorale, plus works by Bach and others. noon and 8 p.m., Dec. 2-3, Meymandi, Raleigh; Dec. 15, Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. $18-$67.

▪ Soundbites at the Pub, dinner and music, at Humble Pie in Raleigh. Dec. 5, 6 p.m. $67, includes meal.

▪ A Pink Martini Christmas. The “little orchestra” returns with singer China Forbes for favorites from around the world. David Glover conducts. 8 p.m., Dec. 9, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10. $30-$82.

▪ A Candlelight Christmas: seasonal classical music and carols including “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “I Saw Three Ships.” David Glover conducts. With the Raleigh Children’s Christmas Chorus, directed by Jeremy Tucker. 7 p.m., Dec. 23. $43-$64.

▪ New Year’s Eve in Vienna: Viennese waltzes and Big Band favorites, with the Symphony joined by the N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra. David Glover conducts. 8 p.m., Dec. 31. $53-$73.

Paderewski Piano Festival of Raleigh

▪ Artem Yasynskyy, pianist, Ukraine, 3 p.m., Nov. 5, Smedes Parlor, Saint Mary’s School

▪ Jean Dubé, pianist, France, 3 p.m., Nov. 6, Daniels Auditorium, North Carolina Museum of History, Edenton Street, Raleigh.

▪ Screening of the film, “The Pianist,”1:30 p.m,. Nov. 11, The Cary Theater, 122 East Chatham St., Cary

▪ Kate Liu, Pianist, United States, 3 p.m., Nov. 12, main auditorium, North Carolina Museum of Art, Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

▪ Janusz Olejniczak, pianist, Poland with Paulina Sokolowska, violinist, Poland, 2 p.m., Nov.13, main auditorium, North Carolina Museum of Art, Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Philharmonic Association


▪ Triangle Youth Jazz Ensembles, 4 p.m, Oct. 30, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary $2-$8 Etix

▪ Triangle Youth String Orchestras, 4 p.m., Nov. 13, Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave., Cary. $2-$5 Etix

▪ Triangle Youth Philharmonic, 3 p.m., Nov. 20, Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $5-$20.

▪ Triangle Youth Orchestra and Symphony, 7 p.m., Nov. 22, Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $5-$20.

▪ Philharmonic Association Holiday Concert, 4 p.m., Dec. 11, Wake Forest High School, 420 Stadium Drive, Wake Forest. $5-15.

Raleigh Area Flute Association

Concert tickets $15; free for RAFA members. 919-781-3225,

▪ Flutist Matthew Ross and pianist Kseniia Polstiankina, 2 p.m., Sept. 25, St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.

▪ Flutist Mimi Stillman, 4 p.m., Nov. 12,Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh

The Raleigh BoyChoir

Raleigh performances.

▪ Fall concert, Oct. 1, Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh.

▪ Burning Coal Theater’s MusiCoal Concert, Oct. 9, Murphey School Auditorium, Raleigh.

▪ North Carolina Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert, Nov. 25-26, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh.

▪ Boykin Series Christmas Concert, Dec. 3, Edna E. Boykin Cultural Arts Center, Wilson

▪ Carols of Christmas, Dec. 16, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh.

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Series, Carswell Recital Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh.

$12 adults $10, seniors/students, children under 12 are free.

Classical Series, Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh.

$20-$25, children under 12 are free.

▪ The Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony: Living Traditions: Modern settings of traditional American music, including: “Kokopelli” for solo flute by Katherine Hoover; “Air and Simple Gifts” for violin, cello, clarinet and piano by John Williams, “Ashokan Farewell” for violin and piano by Jay Ungar; “St. Louis Blues” for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano arranged by John Harbison, and “A Celebration of Spirituals” for chorus and ensemble by Lanette Lind. 3 p.m., Oct. 9. (Classical series)

▪ Movie Night with John Williams & Friends: The program includes movie music by John Williams including: “Sabrina” and “Schindler’s List.” 3 p.m., Nov. 13. (Classical series)

▪ Viva Viola, featuring JC Bach’s “Concerto in c minor,” Xi Yang soloist; Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4”; Hindemith’s “Trauermusik,” Kristen Jones, soloist and Vaughn Williams’ “Variations on a Theme” by Thomas Tallis. 7 p.m. Oct. 16. (Chamber series)

Smedes Parlor Concert Series

Saint Mary’s School, Smedes-Emory Parlor, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Free.

▪ Jeanne Fischer, soprano; Jacqui Carrasco, violin, Fred Raimi, cello, Jane Hawkins, piano, 8 p.m., Sept. 20.

▪ Jennifer Chang, guzheng master, in “An Evening of Music from China,” 8 p.m., Oct. 18.

▪ Mary Boone, flute, and Vonda Darr, harp, 8 p.m., Jan. 31.

Triangle Wind Ensemble

Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.

▪ “Odysseys” works by Leonard Bernstein and John Mackey, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12.

▪ “ ’Tis the Season” holiday favorites, featuring reprise of “The Snowman,” a British holiday classic animation with music by TWE, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10.

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham

▪ Annual Holiday Concert, 8 p.m., Dec. 16, Duke Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham. Free admission, but donations are requested. 919-660-3302,


▪ Cantari, The Voices Ensemble presents “1685 was a very good year! Bach and Handel,” music for celebrations – Coronation Anthem, Chandos Anthem, and Cantata for a wedding performed by Cantari and Baroque instrumental ensemble, 4 p.m., Nov. 6, University United Methodist Church, 150 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. $17 adults; $15 seniors (62+), $7 students (13-college), free children 12 years and under.

▪ “A Celestial Christmas,” with music by Sir Karl Jenkins, a composer who pushes the boundaries of classical, commercial, and geographical styles, 8 p.m., Dec. 17, Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. $20 adults, $18 seniors (62+), $7 students (13-college), free children 12 years.