Priority list includes Mozart’s birthday, tenor Thomas Hampson, more

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Here are just a few of this week's A&E offerings that rose to the top of my list.

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”

Catch Ludwig in a chill mood as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra tackles his Sixth Symphony. Baritone Thomas Hampson (with over 150 albums to his credit) and mezzo soprano Kelley O’Conner join in on a program that also includes Mahler’s songs from “The Magic Horn of Youth.” Jan. 26-27 Hilbert Circle Theatre Details

“The Rink”

Kander and Ebb are best known as the composer/lyricist team behind “Chicago” and “Cabaret.” But among their less-often-revived musicals is this mother/daughter tale that originally starred Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli (as well as a then-unknown Jason Alexander). Buck Creek Players is offering a rare opportunity to see and hear the show with a cast led by mother/daughter acting duo Georgeanna Teipen and Miranda Nehrig. Jan. 26-Feb. 11 Buck Creek Playhouse Details

Mozart Birthday Celebration

Pianist Sean Chen teams with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for a program that celebrates Mozart’s birthday with his “Jupiter” symphony. The undercard includes Shostakovich’s Piano Concert No. 1 and a world premiere from composer Chen-Hui Jen. Jan. 27  Schrott Center Details

Also this week

Art Garfunkel takes the stage at the Palladium Jan. 25. Richard Marx follows on Jan. 27.

On Jan. 25, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site opens “A Trip to Unify,” an exhibit built on speeches and memorabilia from his 1891 coast-to-coast trip.

Acoustic duo Moors & McCumber headlines the Indy Folk Series Jan. 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis.

Butler University hosts Elektronik Musik Jan. 28 at the Schrott.

Indiana Repertory Theatre opens a run of “Romeo and Juliet” that extends through March 4.

The Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections presents “The Design Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright” Jan. 24-May 27.

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