Classical Corner

A diverse week of music for Chicago classical fans

American Music Project: A new Chicago-based foundation to promote and underwrite American music presents its first commission, Amy Wurtz's Piano Quintet, performed by the Chicago Q Ensemble with Wurtz on piano. Other chamber works on the program are David Diamond's String Quartet No. 2 and Irving Fine's Fantasia for string trio. 3 p.m. Sunday, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.; $30;

Bach Organ Project: The WFMT-sponsored series devoted to the complete solo organ works of J.S. Bach continues with two weekend recitals. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, David Schrader will man the console of the pipe organ at the Lutheran School of Theology (1100 E. 55th St.). At 4 p.m. Sunday, members of the Fox Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists will perform at First United Church of Oak Park (848 Lake St., Oak Park). The series runs through Oct. 26. $25; 773-279-2120,

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra: The 91-year-old ensemble launches its first U.S. tour in Chicago, under the helm of chief conductor Muhai Tang. Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic (last heard here in the title role of Lyric Opera's "Rigoletto") is the soloist, performing arias from Verdi's "Macbeth" and "Rigoletto"; the program also includes Sibelius' Second Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $25-$65; 312-294-3000,

Chicago Latino Music Festival: Accordion and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro joins the Spektral String Quartet for an exploration of Tango Nuevo in the post-Astor Piazzolla era. 2 p.m. Saturday, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; Free with museum admission, $20-$23, $14-$17 for seniors;

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Music director Riccardo Muti continues his Tchaikovsky cycle with Symphony No. 3 ("Polish") at concerts that also hold Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite and Andrzej Panufnik's "Concerto in modo antico," with CSO principal trumpet Christopher Martin as soloist; 1:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Friday; $33-$220. Concertmaster Robert Chen plays the two Bartok violin Rhapsodies, with guest conductor Jaap van Zweden also leading Mahler's Symphony No. 5; 8 p.m. Thursday (repeated Oct. 10 and 12); $38-$280. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-294-3000,

Civitas Ensemble: The community-minded chamber group begins its new season with a program of Brahms, Strauss, Augusta Read Thomas and Roshanne Etezady. 3 p.m. Sunday, Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St.; $30;

Fifth House Ensemble: The innovative Chicago group brings back, for the first time since the 2009-10 season, "The Great Exodus of the Tamed," the second installment of its "Black Violet" trilogy. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Constellation Chicago, 3111 N. Western Ave.; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.; $12-$15 (Constellation), $15-$25 (Mayne Stage);

Lyric Opera of Chicago — "Capriccio": Soprano Renee Fleming, Lyric Opera's creative consultant, brings us one of her most celebrated roles, Countess Madeleine in Richard Strauss' final opera, returning to Lyric after 20 years. Debating what's more important — words or music — will be William Burden (Flamand) and Audun Iversen (Olivier), with Bo Skovhus as the Count, Anne Sofie von Otter as Clairon and Peter Rose as La Roche. Andrew Davis conducts. Opens 7:30 p.m. Monday and runs through Oct. 28. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive; $34-$244; 312-827-5600,

Lyric Opera of Chicago — "Don Giovanni": The famed Chicago director Robert Falls stages a new production of Mozart's masterpiece. The cast includes Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role, with Kyle Ketelsen, Ana Maria Martinez, Marina Rebeka, Andriana Chuchman, Antonio Poli, Michael Sumue and Andrea Silvestrelli. Andrew Davis conducts. Continues through Oct. 29. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive; $34-$244; 312-827-5600,

St. Charles Singers: Director Jeff Hunt opens the chorus' 31st season with the ninth installment of their "Mozart's Journey" cycle, a program of intimate choral and instrumental works. 8 p.m. Saturday, National Shrine of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave.; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; $35, $30 for seniors; 630-513-5272,

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