THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
The LPO gives two performances wrapping up with Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the “Choral” symphony, prefaced by a talk with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. Also on each program: Anton Bruckner’s musical version of Psalm 150, “Laudate Dominum”; and Brahms’ Rhapsody for Alto, Male Chorus, and Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, at First Baptist Church, 16333 Highway 1085 in Covington; and Saturday, May 24, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 801 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. (504) 523-6530. www.lpomusic.com. Tickets start at $20.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Grand Tastings at NOWFE
In the featured event of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, sample wines, nibble specialty dishes and chat with chefs. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 23, and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24. New Orleans Convention Center, Hall J, 900 Convention Center Blvd., $99 advance and $119 day of show. For tickets or info, call (504) 934-1474 or visit www.nowfe.com.
Tribute to the Choreography of Harvey Hysell
Dancers trained by the late, legendary local choreographer and teacher are among performers who will present Grand Faux Pas, La Favorite and selections from Coppelia. Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave. $20 for adults; $10 for children. Call (504) 897-5505.