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Plenty of classical music on tap for fall in Sacramento region

The Alexander String Quartet will perform at the Mondavi Center in Davis on Nov. 1.
The Alexander String Quartet will perform at the Mondavi Center in Davis on Nov. 1.

Sacramento’s fall season of classical music features several notable concerts. Here are some highlights:

Capistrano Hall, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St., Sacramento;

▪ Sacramento State’s Piano Series features recitals by guest artists Kadisha Onalbayeva (Oct. 3) and Eduardus Halim (Nov. 21).

▪ CSUS shows off its faculty in recitals by double bassist Thomas Derthick (Friday, Sept. 25), guitarist Richard Savino (Thursday, Oct. 1), lyric coloratura soprano Robin Fisher (Oct. 16), and flautist Laurel Zucker (Oct. 27).

▪ Festival of New American Music (Nov. 6-15) includes performances by clarinetist Jeff Anderle, pianist Geoffrey Burleson, the Lydian String Quartet and many more.

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, One Shields Drive, Davis;

▪ Rising Stars of Opera (Sunday, Oct. 4), accompanied by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, showcases the San Francisco Opera’s Alder Fellows, young singers earning raves on stages around the world, in a free concert that has become a Mondavi tradition.

▪ Handel & Haydn Society (Oct. 17), led by music director Harry Christophers, celebrates its bicentennial with this concert tour, featuring violinist Aisslinn Nosky. The ensemble tours with about 60 members.

▪ Alexander String Quartet (Nov. 1) explores the influence of Beethoven in a provocative performance featuring pianist Roger Woodward and Beethoven’s rarely heard Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Major.

▪ San Francisco Symphony (Nov. 12), under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, plays Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. Guest violinist Leonidas Kavakos performs Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor.

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5774 Carlson Drive, Sacramento;

▪ SCSO kicks off its 20th season with its “Stained Glass Concert” (Oct. 24) featuring organist Ryan Enright.

Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento;

▪ In its only fall concert, the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Soloist Simone Porter plays Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Camellia Symphony, Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center, 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento;

▪ Celebrating its 53rd season, the symphony presents “Opera, Sweden and Finland” (Oct. 24), featuring soprano Carrie Hennessey and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4.

Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, Bet Haverim Synagogue, 1715 Anderson Road, Davis, and CSUS Music Building, 6000 J St., Sacramento;

▪ Bassist Thomas Derthick is featured in Schubert’s beloved “Trout” quintet and other chamber pieces in two performances, Oct. 24 (in Davis) and a Oct. 25 matinee (at CSUS).

Harris Center: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom;

▪ Classical Masters Music Festival (Saturday, Sept. 26) presents “Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

▪ Folsom Symphony (Saturday, Oct. 3) presents a special morning family concert and an “instrument petting zoo.”

▪ Starting their 14th season, Sacramento Baroque Soloists presents “German Masters of Baroque” (Oct. 17).

▪ Folsom Symphony (Oct. 24) is joined by pianist Alon Goldstein for an evening of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Brahms and Copland.

▪ The Ten Tenors (Nov. 25) get folks in the seasonal spirit with “Home for the Holidays.”

Debbie Arrington