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Classical Music Picks: $10 or Less Edition

By Alexander Hough in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 7, 2011 4:40PM

Photo from Spektral Quartet's Facebook page
Thursday - Spektral Quartet at the Empty Bottle
The young whippersnappers of the Spektral Quartet return to the Empty Bottle to start their second season. The “Sampler Pack” concert will feature excerpts from a variety of pieces, from what the group calls the "finest dead-white-guy music around" (Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, and Bartok) to some of the finest live-white-guy music around (Thomas Ades, Philip Glass, as well as original works and two Bjork arrangements by Chicago-based composers Lee Hyla, Marcos Balter*, Chris Fisher-Lochhead,and Ben Hjertmann). Arrive early if you want seat; otherwise just belly-up to the bar.
7:00 p.m., Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, $10

Saturday - Stars of the Lyric Opera in Millennium Park (FREE)
Oh, God, we're going to do that winter thing again, aren't we? The Lyric Opera gives us one last shot at a classical music show in Millennium Park with its annual outdoor season opener. The performance will feature overtures, arias, and ensembles, including excerpted works from the Lyric's coming season. Lyric creative consultant and megadiva Renee Fleming headlines.
7:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, FREE

Sunday - Fulcrum Point's Annual Concert for Peace
New-music group Fulcrum Point commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with its Annual Concert for Peace. The program will be more accessible than the ensemble's usual crunchy modern agenda and will feature works and performers from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist traditions. Firefighters and police officers each get four free tickets. To claim the tickets, e-mail (reference "JPMCtix" in the subject line) or call 312-726-3846.
3:00 p.m., Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, $10, $5 students and seniors, FREE for firefighters and police officers and their families

*Though now a Chicagoan, Balter originally hails from Brazil.