Critic’s Choice

Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The CSO is currently touring the West Coast, but there are still plenty of worthy events taking place this weekend.

Two Russian stars team up Sunday night. Violinist Vladimir Spivakov and pianist Olga Kern will partner in Brahms’  Violin Sonata No. 3, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Franck’s Sonata in A Major and Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, a work written for and dedicated to Spivakov. Concert time is 8 p.m. at Symphony Center. 312-294-3000;

Also the acclaimed Fauré Quartet will appear at Mandel Hall 7:30 p.m. Friday night with a program featuring Mahler’s Piano Quartet movement, Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2 and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1. 773-702-8068;

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