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Continued: The Big Gigs for Jan. 25-31

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One of the premier bands in modern jazz, the Dave Holland Quintet has a new saxophonist since last we saw them. Mark Turner, known for his fine Warner Bros. CDs as a leader and his ECM albums with the trio Fly (Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard), is one of the most thoughtful reed players around and should ably fill Chris Potter’s chair. The rest of bass great Holland’s quintet remains intact, with Robin Eubanks on trombone, Nate Smith behind the trap set and the always-underrated Steve Nelson on vibes. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Gorecki Family Theater, College of St. Benedict, $10-$35. 7 & 9 p.m. Sun.-Mon., Dakota Jazz Club, $35-$45.) Surowicz

For their first appearance of 2013, Pete Whitman’s mighty X-Tet will have all hands on deck, from 80-something sax legend Dave Karr to 20-something trumpet phenom Adam Meckler. Ten players strong, the area’s premier little big band showcases hip homegrown charts. Most of the members are writers, but other Minnesota composers of distinction get showcased, too, including trumpeter Bill Simenson, whose spooky “Wheel Man” has become a new favorite in the X-Tet songbook. (9 p.m. Thu., Artists’ Quarter, $8.) Surowicz


Minnesota Concert Opera debuted last fall with a mission to perform full-length operas in concert format. This unique and portable performance style allows MCO to bring world-class opera to many of Minnesota’s communities. They take the stage this weekend with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” an ideal opera for this format, because the blood and guts are all in the music; it doesn’t need an elaborate production. Metropolitan Opera veterans Hugo Vera (Manrico) and Nathan Herfindahl (Count di Luna) join Kirsten Hoiseth Thayer (Leonora) and Colleen Brooks (Azucena), with guest musical director Craig Fields. (7:30 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sun., Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $29, 612-206-3600, William Randall Beard 

The position of GLBT folks in society has certainly changed during the 25 years that One Voice Mixed Chorus has been singing. The chorus has matured as well, performing everything from gender-bending musical parodies to lush choral favorites to recent excursions into world music. These are all brought together for a jubilant birthday celebration in “We Are One Voice: The 25th Anniversary Concert.” Guest artists include the Kairos Alive! dance troupe. (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $29, 612-206-3600, Beard


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