It’s not often at this time of year that there is a wealth of classical events to attend. But this weekend there are six venues offering a wide variety of concerts. It’s going to be hard to choose.
• The Artemis String Quartet returns for an 8 p.m. concert at Union College’s Memorial Chapel after a 10-year absence. The German ensemble is considered one of the best on the international scene and is known for an exhilarating style of playing balanced by superb finesse. The quartet’s program will be Brahms’ Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, his Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67 and Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky.” The concert is part of the 42nd International Festival of Chamber Music. $25, $10. 388-6080; www.unioncollegeconcerts.org.
• Capital Region Wind Ensemble celebrates its 20th season with a 3 p.m. concert at Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Auditorium. Music director Brett Wery will conduct a program that includes a movement from Eric Ewazen’s “Symphony in Brass,” Morton Gould’s “Jericho Rhapsody,” and Philip Sparke’s “A Lindesfame Rhapsody” with flutist Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart as guest soloist.
The concert will also include the annual side-by-side with 30 local high school musicians. They’ll all play in Holst’s “First Suite in E-flat.” $8, $6. 381-1231, extension 2; firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Empire State Youth Orchestra and music director Helen Cha-Pyo will perform an all-Russian program at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The works are Kabalevsky’s “Colas Breugnon Overture,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Overture,” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet Suite.” The Repertory Orchestra will also play conducted by David Beck. $20, $10. 382-7581; 273-0038; www.esyo.org.
• Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra will join with some of the region’s most gifted music students to share the 4 p.m. concert at Glens Falls High School’s auditorium under the baton of Charles Peltz. They’ll all perform in Arensky’s “Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky,” Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, and Bartok’s “Romanian Dances.”
Then the pros will take over the stage for Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra. $28, $25. 793-1348; www.gfso.org.
• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 21 Hackett Blvd., Albany, often celebrates birthdays. At 3 p.m. the church’s choir, conductor Steven Rosenberry and a chamber orchestra will mark Johann Sebastian Bach’s 329th birthday by performing his “Missa Brevis in A Major.” Two new organists in the Capital Region, Robert Dicks of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany and Brian Gurley of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, will assist. $15, $12; 463-2257; www.stpaulsplace.org
• The Syracuse Children’s Chorus, which has an international reputation and is under director Stephanie Mowery, returns to 1st United Methodist Church, State Street, Schenectady for a 3 p.m. concert that will feature the Young Men’s Ensemble.
The program will include spirituals, Hebrew and Israeli songs, Leonard Bernstein’s “There is a Garden” from his “Trouble in Tahiti,” and Gerald Smith’s “This is the Day.” Maryna Mazhakhova is the pianist. Free. 374-4403; www.fumcschenectady.org.