Select Classical Concerts, April 8-15

The University of West Georgia welcomes Jay Ungar and Molly Mason - the fiddler and guitarist who play the beautiful theme in Ken Burns' Civil War series on PBS - for two distinct concerts in Carrollton. Friday the 11th the program is a "Fiddler’s Holiday: A Musical Travelog of Appalachian, Cajun, Irish and ScottishTunes," and Saturday the 11th it's "Ashokan Farewell: The Civil War and Beyond." Both begin at 7:30 at UWG's Townsend Center. Tickets: (678) 839-4722.

Also appearing twice in Georgia this week are mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (Texas native and winner of the first UGA Performing Arts Center Prize at the 2006-7 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York) and pianist Pei-Yao Wang (the youngest pianist ever to win the Taiwan National Piano Competition). They perform tonight, April 8 at ABAC Howard Auditorium, Tifton, 7:30, and Friday, April 11 at 8:00 at UGA's Performing Arts Center, Athens, 8:00, including songs by Barber, Debussy, Falla and Schumann.

Several south Georgia choruses (the Albany Chorale and groups from area colleges) team up with members of the Albany Symphony for Handel's oratorio Solomon. There are two FREE performances: Friday, April 11 in Albany (First United Methodist Church, 8 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12 in Americus (Rylander Theater, 7:30 p.m.).

Saturday, April 12, in addition to the above: The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County presents pianist Joe Chapman, 7 p.m., at Douglasville's Cultural Arts Center. Tickets: 770-949-ARTS. . . . . The chamber group Concertante gives a free performance at UGA's Performing Arts Center in Athens, 8 p.m. . . . Organists of the Curtis Institute of Music (Phila.) perform at Spivey Hall, Morrow, Saturday, 3 p.m. . . . The Atlanta Opera holds its annual Family Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta. . . . And I'd especially like to point out the Second Annual Prism Concert by Columbus State's Schwob School of Music - 225 music majors in a 70-minute, "full-spectrum" performance, with music ranging from "classical to jazz, from theatrical to intimate, from silly to refined" - Saturday 7:30 at Columbus's RiverCenter, (706) 256-3612.

As for Sunday, April 13, the big-name group is the Takacs String Quartet, playing Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven in Morrow at (where else?) Spivey Hall. . . . The Warner Robins Community Concert Association presents tenor Jeremy Hunt at the First United Methodist Church in Warner Robins. . . . And the Asheville Opera Company brings Rossini's comic Barber of Seville to the Grand Opera House in Macon.

Looking ahead to Tuesday, April 15, the LaGrange Symphony gives its season finale in a program featuring LaGrange native Callie Hammond in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. Patricio Cobos also conducts Mozart and Brahms; 7:30, Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College. . . . . And the University of West Georgia Department of Music presents saxophones galore: the Globe Saxophone Quartet (featuring a UWG faculty member and other players from around the country) and UWG's own student saxophone ensemble. 8:15, Kathy Cashen Recital Hall, Carrollton, free.