Several concerts are on tap this weekend. They feature a wide ranging repertoire, from Vivaldi’s vibrant Four Seasons to Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative Scheherazade. Below is a rundown of concert highlights:

  • Nicola Benedetti (Photo Credit: Rhys Frampton)

    Utah Symphony – Twenty-six-year-old violinist Nicola Benedetti joins the orchestra and Thierry Fischer in Vivaldi’s ever popular Four Seasons. Also on the program is Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Weber State University, $16-$36, www.symphonyballet.org; Nov. 8-9, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $18-$69 ($5 higher when purchased on day of performance), 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.utahsymphony.org.

  • Salt Lake Symphony – The orchestra and Robert Baldwin will be joined by Monika Jalili and her Persian Ensemble for a concert exploring Eastern traditional music and Western classical works inspired by the Middle East. The program features Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade; Ippolitov-Ivanov’s Procession of the Sardar, from Caucasian Sketches; Justin Merritt’s Dervish; as well as popular Persian tunes. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $10 general, $5 seniors and students, 801-531-7501, www.saltlakesymphony.org.
  • Michael Chipman (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

    NOVA Chamber Music Series – NOVA will give the world premiere of two works by University of Utah composer Morris Rosenzweig, Preludes for Piano and So as to include an additional perspective on periodicity and caprice…. Also on the program is Poulenc’s song cycle Tel jour, telle nuit and Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C minor, op. 15. Performing on the concert are Utah Symphony colleagues Stephen Proser, horn; Jason Hardink, piano; Lun Jiang, violin; and Roberta Zalkind, viola. They’ll be joined by baritone Michael Chipman and Fry Street Quartet cellist Anne Francis Bayless. Nov. 10, 3 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $20 general, $18 seniors, $5 students, free for U. students, at the door or online at www.novachambermusicseries.org.

Looking ahead into next week:

  • American Festival Chorus The American Festival Chorus under artistic director Craig Jessop will perform a free Veteran’s Day concert. Nov. 11, 7 p.m.,Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Utah State University campus.

    Modigliani Quartet (Photo: Courtesy of the artists)

  • Modigliani Quartet – Sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City, this young French ensemble will play Haydn’s Quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 1; Debussy’s Quartet; and Dohnányi’s Quartet No. 3 in A minor, op. 33. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $30, $10 students, at the door, 801-467-2181, www.cmsofslc.org.
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Edward Reichel, author, writer and composer, has been covering the classical music scene in Utah since 1997. For many years he served as the primary music critic for the Deseret News. He has also written for a number of publications, including Chamber Music Magazine, OPERA Magazine, 15 Bytes, Park City Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He can be reached at ed.reichel@gmail.com. Reichel Recommends is also on Twitter @ReichelArts.

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