Thursday-next Sunday: This week, new SPCO artistic partner Christian Zacharias leads the ensemble in a baroque and classical program that showcases his broad talents as pianist, conductor and programmer. After soloing in four piano sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, he conducts a concerto grosso by little-known 18th-century English composer Charles Avison that gives the baroque Scarlatti a classical twist. Bach, Handel and Haydn round out the program. Zacharias also leads the SPCO at the Ordway Center next weekend, in a program including Schumann's Symphony No. 1. (8 p.m. Thu., Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley; 8 p.m. Fri., Wayzata Community Church, 125 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata; 2 p.m. next Sun., Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, 2128 S. 4th St., Mpls. $10-$49. 651-291-1144.)

WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD