TAKACS QUARTET One of the world’s great string quartets, Sunday’s Cal Performances concert by the Takács Quartet includes works by Haydn, Brahms and the 30-year-old, California-born, Brooklyn-based Timo Andres. The program opens with Haydn’s G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, “The Rider,” one of his most popular quartets. Andres’ “String Language” was composed for the Takács, who premiered it last November in Baltimore. The program closes with Brahms’ third and final quartet (although written mid-career), the B-flat major, Op. 67. 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, Hertz Hall. Tickets starting at $64 from Cal Performances.
JIM LAUDERDALE The Freight & Salvage has a tough time categorizing Jim Lauderdale: “Bluegrass, country, soul, folk – for Jim, it all falls under the umbrella of Americana – roots music at its finest, and that’s the music he makes.” Nashville-based Lauderdale has won two Grammy awards and recorded a raft of albums, including the recent two-volume “Soul Searching.” He’s also the subject of a documentary, “The King of Broken Hearts.” But the Freight encourages you to concentrate on Lauderdale’s music, which it describes as “eloquent, heartfelt, and enduring.” Tickets $26 in advance, $28 on the door, Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.
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