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Midweek Classical Music Picks

By Alexander Hough in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 15, 2009 8:40PM

Third Coast Percussion performs tonight at the Chopin Theatre (Photo courtesy of TCP)
Tonight: Drums!
Drums, and so much more. Chicagoist fave Third Coast Percussion returns to the Chopin Theatre to premiere a four movement work by Matthew Barnson that the group commissioned. The first half of the program will be the Chicago premiere of the percussion quartet incarnation of Arvo Pärt’s many-versioned "Fratres," the marimba-vibraphone duet "Arabesco Infinito" by Alejandro Viñao, and the marimba duet "The Loneliness of Santa Claus" by Fredrik Andersson.
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, tonight at 7:30 p.m., $15, $5 students

Wednesday: Chicago Sinfonietta's "Global Holiday Celebration"

This one's a re-plug from our Holiday Music Preview, but here's another reminder to check out Wednesday night's multicultural concert. Yes, there will be traditional Christmas and Hanukkah songs, but you'll also hear music from around the world.
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., $25, $10 children

Wednesday - Saturday: CSO's "Tales from Tchaikovsky"
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra teams up with spectacle-creating Redmoon Theater for a performance of Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake." Redmoon will accompany the orchestra with shadow puppets, live puppetry, and project images. Wednesday's concert will be a part of the CSO's Afterwork Masterworks series, which features an early intermission-less show, followed by a reception with free wine and a Q & A with the performers.
Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at 8:00 p.m., Friday at 1:30 p.m., and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., $22-$105, $10 student tickets available