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Classical Picks: NC Master Chorale presents ‘Alexander’s Feast’

N.C. Master Chorale opens its 74th season with Handel’s 1736 “Alexander’s Feast,” based on the John Dryden poem about Alexander the Great celebrating the capturing a Persian city. The performance in Raleigh’s Hayes Barton Baptist Church Saturday features three soloists and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

3 p.m. $25 (discounts available for students, seniors and military). 919-856-9700 or

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