Mark-Anthony Turnage's "Martland Memorial" memorializes his fellow composer and longtime friend Steve Martland, who passed away unexpectedly six years ago. The Minnesota Orchestra invited Scottish percussionist Colin Currie to play the U.S. premiere of Turnage's percussion concerto, filled with marimba, vibraphone and toy instruments. Also featured is Missy Mazzoli's "These Worlds in Us," a work dedicated to her Vietnam vet father. And Copland's Third Symphony, one of the great orchestral showpieces of the 20th century. (11 a.m. Thu., 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Orchestra Hall, Mpls.; $12-$97, 612-371-5656 or minnesotaorchestra.org)
Riffing on Beethoven
This week brings the fourth installment of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's five-year Beethoven/5 Project, pairing the composer's great piano concertos with commissions for new Beethoven-inspired works. The outstanding Jonathan Biss returns as the project's soloist, playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto as well as a new Concerto for Piano by Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw. (11 a.m. Fri., 8 p.m. Sat., Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul; 3 p.m. Sun., St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi; $11-$50, 651-291-1144 or thespco.org)
'The Rose & the Knife'
LOFTrecital pairs Berlioz's song cycle "Les Nuits d'été" and Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen." Directed by John de los Santos, mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo and baritone Eric Olson promise to look at the notion of being "forever in love and never on the same page." (7 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Crane Theater, Mpls.; $5-$20, facebook.com/LOFTrecital)
Rethinking 'The Mikado'
Yes, Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" features some wonderful music, but it's packed with what theater artist Rick Shiomi calls "unfortunate stereotypes" of Japanese characters and culture. With his new production for the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Shiomi aims to jettison the work's racist themes by relocating the action to Edwardian England. (7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., through April 7, Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, Plymouth Congregational Church, Mpls.; $16-$26, gsvloc.org)
One of the great choral masterpieces, Bach's "St. John Passion" relates the events surrounding Christ's crucifixion. Baroque specialist Matthias Maute leads the Bach Society of Minnesota in three performances, with soloists Anna Christofaro (soprano), Nerea Berraondo (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Chalmers (tenor) and Alan Dunbar (bass). (7:30 p.m. Fri., Sundin Music Hall, St. Paul; 7:30 p.m. Sat., Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, Rochester; 3 p.m. Sun., Central Lutheran Church, Winona; $5-$30, bachsocietymn.org)