February is a busy month for classical music in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Below are some upcoming highlights to plan your viewing.
Former Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andrew Litton conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Stephen Hough as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 4, and 5 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. $35-$183. 214-849-4376, dallassymphony.org.
Led by current musical director Fabio Luisi, the DSO performs William Grant Still’s Poemby Tchaikovsky Pathetic Bruch’s Symphony and First Violin Concerto with Daishin Kashimoto, Principal Violin of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. on February 17, 18 and 19. $34 to $185.
DSO resident organist Bradley Hunter Welch plays works by organist-composers from the 18th to 20th centuries on the mighty Fisk organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center. 3 p.m. Feb. 20. $22 to $24.
Musical director Fabio Luisi makes a rare concert appearance at the piano in a DSO chamber music program mixing French and German selections. 7:30 p.m. on February 28. $50.
Guests will be dressed to the nines at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala concert, featuring guest conductor Patrick Summers and violinist Sarah Chang as soloist in Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. 7 p.m. February 26 at Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Commerce, Fort Worth. $39 to $83. 817-665-6000, fwsymphony.org.
In its return to large-scale productions, the Dallas Opera presents Puccini Lady Butterfly, led by musical director Emmanuel Villaume. The cast stars soprano Latonia Moore as the doomed heroine Cio-Cio San and tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson as the morally corrupt Pinkerton. 8 p.m. Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Feb. 20, and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 26 at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. $19 to $467. 214-443-1000, dallasopera.org.
To celebrate Black History Month, Fort Worth Opera features black composers and musicians in a wide range of selections. Opal Lee, the 95-year-old Fort Worth resident and civil rights activist who campaigned for June 19 to be recognized as a national holiday, will be honored at the concert. 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at IM Terrell Academy, 1411 IM Terrell Circle South, Fort Worth. $35 to $125. 817-731-0726, fwopera.org.
The University of North Texas presents a concert version of Verdi otello with staff and student soloists, as well as a student choir and symphony orchestra, conducted by David Itkin. 7:30 p.m. on February 25 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. $10. 940-369-7802, thempac.music.unt.edu.
Chamber music groups
Voices of Change offers a program of modern music, featuring saxophonist Timothy Roberts and pianist Charles Roberts of R2DUO. The concert will take place at the Sammons Center, instead of Voice’s usual performing house at Southern Methodist University. 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. $35 in person, $20 live. Discounts available. 214-378-8670, voicesofchange.org.
Presented by the Dallas Chamber Music Society, Houston-based wind quintet WindSync offers a mix of repertoire staples and lesser-known works. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University, $46.56. 6101 Boul. Bishop 214-864-1993, dallaschambermusic.org.
In his first gig as Artistic Director, JD Burnett leads the Orpheus Chamber Singers in a program titled “Serenade to Music,” featuring pieces from Renaissance Orlande de Lassus to 20th-century Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 6306 Kenwood Ave. $50 in person, $20 live. Discounts available. 214-530-0018, orpheuschambersingers.org.
The Queen’s Six, a male vocal ensemble based at Windsor Castle in England, perform at the Church of the Incarnation. 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at 3966 McKinney Ave. $30. Discounts available. 214-521-5101, incarnation.org.
Orchestra of New Spain stages a pastorela – a traditional nativity play – combining Spanish Baroque and Renaissance music with a New Mexican story featuring flamenco dancers. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. $35-$75. Discounts available. 214-871-5000, orchestraofnewspain.org.