Classical music choices this week range from luscious chamber music from internationally-known artists, to an accordion jam with local aficionados.
The Romero Guitar Quartet with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra — Story, Page 16.
Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival — See story, Page 18.
Civic Orchestra of Tucson — Crowder Hall in the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, in the arts complex at North Park Avenue and East Speedway. Saxophonist Zack Brennan joins the volunteer Civic Orchestra of Tucson to perform Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Strings. (Chicago-based saxophonist Ashu will play that piece later this month for the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.) The concert, “Contrasts: Music of Russian Composers,” also features the Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”; and Prokofiev’s Overture on Jewish Themes. All that and it’s free. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11. cotmusic.org.
Tucson Concert Band — Crowder Hall. The group’s “Kick Up Your Boots ’n’ Celebrate” concert does just that in an homage to the wild, wild West and the state of Arizona. The program includes a world premiere of a suite from Emmerich Kálmán’s opera “Arizona Lady,” which Arizona Opera mounted in 2015, and John Williams’ “The Cowboys.” The band also is going a little country, with vocal soloist Tony Dickerson performing covers of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” and Brooks &Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” Catch it at 3 p.m. March 12. Free tickets are available at tcbuatickets.eventbrite.com.
Quest For The Best — Holsclaw Hall, in the Fred Fox School of Music. A vocal competition for University of Arizona and Pima Community College opera students. 1-3 p.m. March 11. $60. 906-3792.
An Evening with Accordion Music: Accordion Club Meeting — Sabino Vista Hills Recreation Center, 4131 N. Larrea Lane. Rehearsal, refreshments, learning, fun with the instrument and more. Play or just listen. 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 13. Free. 722-2958.
The Hands of Liberace — Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 GVR Drive. Pianist Philip Fortenberry performs stage and screen works. 7-9 p.m. March 14. $28-$32. 625-0288.