Vivaldi and Bach

Minnesota Orchestra principal flute Adam Kuenzel plays Vivaldi's boisterous "La tempesta di mare" concerto for the Minnesota Bach Ensemble's latest concert. This attractive program also features a pair of solo vocal cantatas by Bach: "Geist und Seele wird verwirret" and "Ich bin in mir vergnugt." (7:30 p.m. Mon., MacPhail Center, Mpls.; $10-$30,

Re-creating the Renaissance

Thomas Tallis was one of the greatest church composers of the English Renaissance period, plying his trade in a turbulent era when Catholics and Protestants vied for supremacy. It's been four years since playwright Jessica Swale premiered "Thomas Tallis" at Shakespeare's Globe in London. The Orchard Theater Collective presents the Twin Cities premiere in a candlelit ecclesiastical setting, complete with live choir performing Tallis' music. (7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., through May 5; Calvary Baptist Church, Mpls.; $10-$15, orchardtheatercollective .org)

Organist rebel

With his punk haircut and a digital instrument of his own design, Cameron Carpenter certainly shakes up the world of classical organists. This Minnesota Orchestra program pairs Carpenter's take on Rachmaninoff's "Paganini Rhapsody" (originally written for piano) with Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony. (8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Orchestra Hall, Mpls.; $20-$101, 612-371-5656 or

Early birthday gift

Englishman John Rutter is probably the most popular choral composer of the past half-century. Now in his 70s and no longer seeking commissions, Rutter has nonetheless written a new work to celebrate VocalEssence's upcoming 50th anniversary. Rutter is even coming to Minnesota to conduct the piece himself. Also on the program is Rutter's "Feel the Spirit," a set of spirituals from 2001. (8 p.m. Sat., Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul; $20-$40, 612-371-5656 or

American chamber

With Aaron Copland's Violin Sonata, Charles Ives' Piano Trio and Virgil Thomson's Four Portraits for cello and piano, the Bakken Trio's final 2017-18 season concert is a treat for lovers of American chamber music. Also on the program is "One more blue, One more gray" by young Philadelphia composer TJ Cole. (4 p.m. Sun., Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, Mpls.; $15-$25, 612-374-3175 or