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Classical Picks: NC Master Chorale performs Berlioz at Meymandi

On Sunday afternoon, the 170-voice N.C. Master Chorale, five vocal soloists and a 50-piece orchestra perform Berlioz’s rarely heard “L’Enfance du Christ” (“The Childhood of Christ”). Alfred E. Sturgis conducts the composer’s personal take on the biblical story of Herod’s fear of “the king of the Jews” and the holy family’s flight into Egypt. Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh.

3 p.m. $24-$32. 919-856-9700 or

Other highlights

  • Duke University’s Dept. of Music presents a concert Friday in Baldwin Auditorium by Deviant Septet, who perform Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” as well as new pieces by Duke Ph.D. student composers. Details at
  • Saturday afternoon, Mallarmé Chamber Players offer a true chamber music concert in a private home in Chapel Hill, featuring violinist Nicholas DiEugenio and pianist Mimi Solomon in sonatas by Beethoven and a new work by David Garner. Details at
  • Beethoven, Dvorák and Augusta Read Thomas are the composers represented Saturday night in Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium in the concert by the Parker Quartet with guest violist, Kim Kashkashian. Details at