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Welcome back to our new classical best bets column produced each week in partnership with Classical Voice of North Carolina. Following are the picks for this week.

Wednesday and Thursday, March 8-9

UNC & Duke: Terry Rhodes, soprano, Jane Hawkins, piano, and Jessi Knight Walker, dancer, with Stafford Wing, Timothy Sparks, Jonathan Nussman, and Nicholas Nguyen, vocalists. Program: Weill-Brecht: The Seven Deadly Sins (ballet chanté), with introduction by Bryan Gilliam. Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill. 8:15 p.m. Free, donations. /962-1039 or

If you like The Threepenny Opera (or any of Kurt Weill's other works), you won't want to miss this rare local presentation of a spectacle first given in Paris. It comes with a prologue and an epilogue, and of course those seven sins that, if committed (and especially during Lent), can land you in deep, deep trouble. Hawkins can make a piano sound like a whole orchestra--and you'll be in and out in about an hour.

Friday, March 10

Triangle Wind Ensemble, Robert C. Hunter, director. Program: "Symphonic Masterpieces: No Strings Attached": Hindemith-Wilson: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Copland-Singleton: The Tender Land: The Promise of Living; Mozart-Slocum: The Marriage of Figaro: Overture; Kabalevsky-Hunsberger: Colas Breugnon: Overture; & Bernstein-Beeler: Candide: Overture. William G. Enloe High School, 128 Clarendon Crescent, Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. $10, students $3, children under 5 free. 856-3751 or

This is an attractive program of mostly operatic excerpts plus one of Paul Hindemith's greatest scores. Copland himself once led the NCS in excerpts from The Tender Land; the Mozart overture is being given in a transcription by UNC's late flutist and conductor, Earl Slocum.

Saturday, March 11

Triangle Gay Men's Chorus. Program: CineMagic! - An Elegant Evening Celebrating Hollywood Movie Magic! Doris Duke Center, Duke Gardens, Durham. 7 p.m. $35 - 3rd Annual Fundraising event for TGMC - features light reception, silent auction, & performance. For reservations, see any chorus member or email

Saturday, March 11

CAS: Miami String Quartet (Ivan Chan & Cathy Meng Robinson, violins, Chauncey Patterson, viola, & Keith Robinson, cello) ( Program: Haydn: String Quartet Op. 64/5 ("The Lark"); Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41/1; & Stephen Jaffe: "New Quartet" (NC premiere). Reynolds Theater, Duke West Campus. 8 p.m. $25. 660-3356 or

TGMC is a fine chorus, and this program helps them pay the rent. The Miami Quartet's return is cause for celebration. Included is the world premiere of Duke composer Stephen Jaffe's latest!

Sunday, March 12

RCMG Masters Series: Musicians from Marlboro (Hyunah Yu, soprano, Valérie Tessa Chermiset, flute, Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, Gilbert Kalish, piano, Paul S. LaFollette III, horn, Rudolph Vrbsky, oboe, & Shinyee Na, bassoon) ( Program: Nielsen: Woodwind Quintet, Op. 43; Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D.965; Carter: [8] Etudes and a Fantasy; and Beethoven: Quintet in E-Flat, Op. 16, for piano and winds. Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh. 3 p.m. $22, full-time students $8. 821-2030 or

Sunday, March 12

Philippe Castagner, tenor, & Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Lorenzo Muti, conductor. Program: Mozart: Misero! O Sogno, o son desto?, K.431; Handel: Acis and Galatea: Aria TBA; Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Mozart: Symphony No. 27; & Mozart: Symphony No. 29. Carolina Theatre, Durham. 3 p.m. Post-concert reception. $20, students with ID free. Tickets 560-3030; information 990-1449 or

Monday, March 13

Mozart on Mondays III: Carol Chung, violin, and Frank Pittman, piano. Program: Mozart: Violin Sonatas Nos. 20 in A, K.305; 23 in D, K.306; 27 in F, K.377; & 24 in B flat, K.378. Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh. 8 p.m. Free. 760-8536.

The third of four recitals offering the complete "late" sonatas for piano and violin by Mozart, in the birthday boy's 250th anniversary year.

Recommended Reviews and Reading

Nnenna Freelon Sings Her Own Tunes at Durham's Carolina Theatre, by Jeffrey Rossman

North Carolina Computer Music Festival 2006, by Karen Moorman

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