Chicago area classical music recommendations

Bellissima Opera: The Oak Park-based ensemble presents "Music of the Universe," a program ranging from Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater," to Schubert and Puccini, to a Hawaiian hula dance set to John Fogerty. 6 p.m. Sunday, Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park; $30, $25 for seniors; 800-838-3006,

Cantate Chicago: The vocal ensemble under Benjamin Rivera concludes its season with music for choir and brass by Gabrieli, Bruckner, Daniel Pinkham and others. 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Belmont Ave.; and 7 p.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., Evanston; $20;

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden continues the CSO's "Truth to Power" Festival. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein will perform Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto on a program that also holds Britten's Suite on English Folk Tunes "A Time There Was" and Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony; 1:30 p.m. Friday; $27-$210. Van Zweden leads Shostakovich's "Five Fragments," Britten's "Sinfonia da Requiem" and Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony; 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; $27-$214. The festival concludes with Britten's Violin Concerto and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony; van Zweden conducts, with violin soloist Simone Lamsma; 8 p.m. Thursday (repeated June 6-8); $31-$246. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-294-3000,

Chicago Opera Theater: The company presents an unusual double-bill of Carl Orff's "Die Kluge" ("The Clever One") and Viktor Ullmann's "The Emperor of Atlantis," sharp musical satires by two very different composers working in Germany during the Nazi terror. Francesco Milioto conducts, Andreas Mitisek directs. Opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday and runs to June 8, Merle Reskin Theatre, DePaul University, 60 E. Balbo Ave.; $35-$125; 312-704-8414,

Vladimir Feltsman: The Russian-born American pianist performs sonatas by Haydn and Schubert, along with Prokofiev's Sonata No. 6, offered as part of the CSO's "Truth to Power" Festival. 3 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $28-$92; 312-294-3000,

Fulcrum Point String Quartet: The group performs a Latin American-themed program of Villa-Lobos, Elena Ruehr and Elliott Bark. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; $15;

Loops and Variations: The free summer series of concerts combining classical music and electronica continues. Chicago's Civitas Ensemble shares the bill with the local premiere of "Trauma" by the producer-director duo of Arca and Jesse Kanda. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street;

North Shore Chamber Music Festival: The fourth annual celebration gets underway with music by J.S. Bach, Arvo Part and Max Bruch, featuring violinists Anne Akiko Meyers and festival co-director Vadim Gluzman. Young artists from the International Center on Deafness and the Arts will give a 6 p.m. prelude concert. The festival runs through June 7. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook; $20-$40; 847-370-3984,

Pilgrim Chamber Players: Chicago composer Stacy Garrop's "Silver Dagger" highlights the ensemble's season finale, with pianist Carol Honigberg and friends also performing works by Turina, Schoenberg and Moszkowski. 3 p.m. Sunday, Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; $20, $15 for seniors; 312-266-8729, 847-433-0972,

Rush Hour Concerts: The summer series of free, live classical music performances begins its 15th anniversary season with the Fulcrum Point New Music Project playing Stravinsky's wry fable, "The Soldier's Tale." 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.;

Second City Musick: The viola da gamba trio led by Craig Trompeter welcomes gamba player Wendy Gillespie and soprano Erica Schuller for a concert of viol music by Byrd and Purcell. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Chrysostom's Church, 1424 N. Dearborn Parkway; $20;

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