Jazz and family events at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke dominate the scene: UNC's fall jazz festival begins with the Lynn Seaton Trio on Wednesday, Oct. 25 with Chapel Hill pianist Stephen Anderson. The 7:30 p.m. Hill Hall concert is free, as is Thursday, Oct. 26's event, which features the UNC Jazz Band with bassist Seaton and drummer Drori Mondlak as headliners. This is also in Hill Hall at 7:30 p.m. And a third jazz event is as Seaton and Mondlak join smaller UNC jazz combos at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 in Hill Hall's Room 104.
At Duke, it's parents' weekend, so the Duke groups strut their stuff. It's a great way to sample what the Durham institution has to offer at low cost. Vocalist Jon Hendricks headlines Friday's Baldwin Auditorium concert by Duke's Jazz, Djembe and Afro-Cuban Ensembles at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. The Duke Chorale, Duke Symphony Orchestra and Duke Wind Symphony perform in Duke Chapel on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. for $45. And "In the Spotlight" features solo and small ensemble performances by Duke students in the Nelson Music Room on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. Meredith College's fall choral concert is Sunday at 3 p.m. in Jones Chapel.
Professional events of note abound this week, too, starting with the mod East Village Opera Company, which plays NCSU's Stewart Theatre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Expect Puccini, Bizet, Verdi and more, sung and played like never before. Tickets are $19.25-$28.
If more conventional fare is your preference, check out the N.C. Symphony's Schumann-Brahms-Bernstein concert Friday and Saturday in Meymandi Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Conductor Laureate Gerhardt Zimmermann leads the band and hosts the return of one of his favorite pianists, Norman Krieger. Tickets are $28-$49.
Last but hardly least, as Halloween draws nigh, thoughts turn to All Saints' Day: Is there a better way to mark the turn in the religious year than with organ recitals? There are two at the Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill's downtown Episcopal church. On Sunday at 3 p.m., in the chapel, you can hear the "5:15" Volunteer Organists. Performers who provide music for Sunday afternoon communion services on a regular basis will play the new Dobson organ. And, on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 12:15 p.m., the church's admirable "Bach's Lunch" series of mid-day recitals continues with a program by Peace College's Virginia Vance. Box lunches are welcome. Donations are encouraged.
For more information, see the CVNC calendar at www.cvnc.org/calendar/triangle.html.