Mahler’s Symphony No. 3
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mahler Symphony No. 3, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at First Baptist Church of New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd. Tickets are $20-$99.
Audra McDonald at NOCCA
Audra McDonald, the five-time Tony Award winner and recent star of “Porgy and Bess” on Broadway and TV’s “Private Practice,” makes her New Orleans debut with two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the Broadway @ NOCCA concert series start at $75. Visit http://www.broadwaynola.com.
French Quarter home tour
Friends of the Cabildo holds its 2013 spring fundraiser, a French Quarter courtyard and home tour, with wine tastings and an architectural tour at Madame John’s Legacy. Self-guided tours begin at the 1850 House at 523 St. Ann St. on Jackson Square. $40, or $60 per couple. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, visit http://www.friendsofthecabildo.org.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
The four-day Wine & Food Festival starts Wednesday, showcasing local food and chefs and national and international wines. Events include wine dinners, tastings and competitions, and on May 25, John Besh and friends honor chef Leah Chase with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Proceeds benefit culinary education and anti-hunger nonprofits in New Orleans. Visit http://www.nowfe.com.