Recommended Chicago-area classical concerts of the week

Beiser to Ziegler: big week for concerts at NU

Maya Beiser: The founding cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars is joined by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche and bassist Gyan Riley for the area premieres of works by Michael Gordon and Michael Harrison, along with music of Steve Reich and others. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston; $24; 847-467-4000, pickstaiger.org

Canadian Guitar Quartet: The group performs works and arrangements for four guitars by Rossini, Radames Gnattali, Patrick Roux and others, as part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston; $24; 847-467-4000, pickstaiger.org

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pianist Mitsuko Uchida returns for her annual program of Mozart piano concertos, leading the B flat major concerto (K.238) and D major concerto (K.537, "Coronation") from the keyboard; soprano Dorothea Roeschmann will sing Schumann's song cycle "Frauenliebe und Leben," with piano accompaniment; 1:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday; $33-$220. Former CSO principal conductor Bernard Haitink returns to direct Mahler's elusive Symphony No. 7; 8 p.m. Thursday (repeated April 10-14); $33-$249. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-294-3000, cso.org

Christopher O'Riley and Pablo Ziegler: The pianists join forces to perform new works by Argentine tango nuevo star Ziegler and his great musical forebear, Astor Piazzolla. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston; $22; 847-467-4000, pickstaiger.org

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts: This week's recital is given by the rising young Taiwanese-American pianist Steven Lin. 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.; free; 312-670-6888, imfchicago.org

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester: The soulful German balladeer and his 12-piece band re-create the swing and cabaret songs that took the minds of Berliners off their miseries during the 1920s and '30s. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $35-$85; 312-294-3000, cso.org

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Ravinia $10 BGH Classics: Violinist Miriam Fried, director of the piano and strings program at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, leads six string-playing Steans alumni in works by Boccherini, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg. The concert is part of their annual national tour. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia, Green Bay and Lake-Cook roads, Highland Park; $10; 847-266-5100, ravinia.org

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