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Originally published Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 5:33 AM

Invasion of the classical concerts

The Hilary Hahn-Valentina Lisitsa concert on Monday in Seattle kicks off a week that is particularly rich in classical-music events.

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For fans of classical and symphonic music, the next few days are like a bowl full of candy bars offered on the porch at Halloween: which one to choose? Listed here are the highlights of what's going on. All treats, no tricks.

Today: Seattle Metropolitan Opera opens its third season with a program of Grieg, Debussy, Behnke and Prokofiev at 2 p.m. at Benaroya Hall; $10-$15 (206-215-4747 or www.benaroyahall.com).

Tuesday: Austrian pianist Till Fellner makes his Seattle debut with a program of Haydn, Schumann, Liszt and Kit Armstrong at 8 p.m. at Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$37 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).

Tuesday: Seattle Symphony salutes the past and present of the local music scene in "Sonic Evolution" with guests Hey Marseilles and Cuong Vu, and works inspired by Nirvana, Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix, 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall; $19-$58 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Wednesday: "The Lord of the Rings in Concert: 'The Fellowship of the Ring' " with conductor Ludwig Wicki and more than 200 musicians performing the film's score while the movie plays on a giant screen, 7:30 p.m. at KeyArena, Seattle; $35-$150 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).

Wednesday: The esteemed Mariinsky Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, plays Tchaikovsky's Sixth at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $27-$102 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Thursday: The Mainly Mozart Series stars conductor/cellist Han-Na Chang with the Seattle Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $17-$74 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Saturday: Pacific Music Works presents "Canticum Canticorum — Ecstatic Surrender," featuring Stephen Stubbs leading performers on period instruments and the voices of Les Voix Baroques, 8 p.m., Daniels Recital Hall, Seattle; $20-$35 (209-913-2073 or pacificmusicworks.org).

Seattle Times staff

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