Thursday-Sunday: WindSync is a wind quintet with a difference. Young, sparky and innovative, it has rewritten the rule book on what a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn are capable of playing together, and how they play it. At the heart of the Houston-based group's Twin Cities residency are no fewer than three free concerts, including two for family audiences based on Dr. Seuss' writings. Another family event caters to those affected by autism, and the weekend closes with a Shakespeare-themed recital featuring works by Mendelssohn, Bernstein and Prokofiev. (Noon Thu., Landmark Center, St. Paul, free; 6 p.m. Thu., Neighborhood House, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul, free; 6:30 p.m. Fri., St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, free; 11 a.m. Sat., Landmark Center, St. Paul, $3-$5; 4 p.m. Sun., St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, St. Paul, $30; 651-292-3268,

Terry Blain


Thursday-Sunday: Religious hypocrisy, rape and the sexual demonizing of a young, innocent woman are the combustible ingredients of Carlisle Floyd's opera, written in 1955 when the American composer was still in his 20s. The moral issues raised remain sharply relevant six decades later, and are highlighted in the University Opera Theatre's enterprising new production, with sets referencing the megachurch evangelism of contemporary America. Appalachian folk influences permeate the music, and the main parts are filled by soloists from the University of Minnesota's voice and opera program. (7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. Sun., Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, 2128 W. 4th St., Mpls., $5-$20, 612-624-2345,