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Classical Picks: Paderewski Festival begins Saturday in Raleigh

The third annual Paderewski Festival offers two piano recitals this weekend, honoring its namesake, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Saturday’s 3 p.m. program at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh has Ukrainian pianist Artem Yasynskyy, and the soloist for Sunday’s 3 p.m. program at the N.C. Museum of History is French musician Jean Dubé. Both play a variety of works associated with the great Polish pianist.

$20 each recital (students/seniors $15). 919-233-5200 or

Other highlights

  • N.C. Symphony’s Raleigh concerts Friday and Saturday with guest conductor Terry Abrams include three works by Aaron Copland, plus music by John Williams and Missy Mazzoli. Details at
  • Chapel Hill’s vocal ensemble, Cantari, performs Bach’s “Wedding Cantata” and two anthems by Handel at University United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon. Details at
  • Sunday’s Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra’s concert in NCSU’s Stewart Theatre has pieces by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Thomson, plus the premiere of Jeff Peterson’s Concerto for Slack-Key Guitar. Details at