Not playing it safe

David Greilsammer is an outstanding pianist with a reputation for innovative programming and unconventional venue choices. He gave a riveting performance of music by John Cage and Scarlatti at the Schubert Club four years ago, and returns with an equally unorthodox recital called "Labyrinth," linking such apparently disparate composers as Janáček, Froberger, Satie and Jean-Féry Rebel. Janáček's "On an Overgrown Path" is the anchor piece of repertoire, and the historic setting of the James J. Hill Center should add an extra frisson. (7.30 p.m. Thu., 80 W. 4th St., St. Paul; $30, 651-292-3268 or

Digital becomes 'Elektra'

Richard Strauss' opera "Elektra" may be set in ancient Greece, but Minnesota Opera's new production uses the latest digital technology to tell its tale of familial dysfunction and bloody retribution. Director Brian Staufenbiel, who staged Wagner's "Das Rheingold" for the company three years ago, is relocating this 1909 work to a 1920s film set, with the orchestra on stage and the pit used as part of the action. German soprano Sabine Hogrefe, who sang the role last year at the Metropolitan Opera, shares the part here with Alexandra Loutsion. (8 p.m. Oct. 5; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 10 & 12; 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Ordway Music Theater, St. Paul; $25-$200, 612-333-6669 or

A baroque legend

Lyra Baroque's season starts with a program led by baroque legend Jaap ter Linden, in which cellist Eva Lymenstull and harpsichordist Jacques Ogg play concertos by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (son of Johann Sebastian Bach). Sinfonias by his brother Wilhelm Friede­mann Bach and Johann Gottlieb Janitsch are also included. (7.30 p.m. Fri., Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester; 7.30 p.m. Sat., Sundin Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul; $5-$30,

Winds of 'New York'

Band enthusiasts should make a beeline this week to "New York Connections," the opening concert of the Encore Wind Ensemble's new season. Eric Ewazen's Bassoon Concerto and Vincent Persichetti's Symphony No. 6 are the main items, with Ives' "Variations on America" and John Williams' "Superman March" among the other pieces featured. (3 p.m. Sun., King of Kings Lutheran Church, Woodbury; free,

Lift every voice

The Minnesota Chorale's "Bridges" program aims to take choral singing into local neighborhoods, and this year's project culminates in a concert titled "A Million Dreams in Minneapolis." South African ensemble 29:11 and youth and adult singers from Minnesota State Baptist Convention and Bethlehem Baptist Church are among those participating. (7.30 p.m. Sat., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 720 13th Av. S., Mpls.; freewill offering,