The South End String Slingers: With special guest mandolinist Barry Gum. 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd. Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers.
David Lee Howard: Known throughout the Pacific Northwest as the most experimental master of the 12 string guitar, even after 20 years of performing and recording, David Lee Howard is still transforming his sound and musical horizons; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Donations at the door. For more information go to thumbnailtheater.com/.
International Guitar Night: Brian Gore searches the world for the best guitarists, including Lulo Reinhardt, the grandson of Django. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds. $35 to $40, $15 for youth, ec4arts.org.
The Hometown Hootenanny: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Historic Everett Theatre.
Seattle Symphony: Benaroya Hall’s Taper auditorium, 200 University St., Seattle; 206-215-4747; www.seattlesymphony.org.
Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony: Olari Elts, conductor, Maria Larionoff, violin performing Haydn: Symphony No. 86; Peteris Vasks: Violin Concerto; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, Italian; 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets start at $17.
“Viva la Musica”: Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Arnaldo Cohen, piano; Revueltas: “Ocho por radio” (“Eight by Radius”) and “Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca”; Tavares: Piano Concerto, Op. 105, No. 2, “In Brazilian Forms”; Chavez: Symphony No. 2, “Sinfonía India”; Marquez: Danzon No. 2 for Orchestra; Moncayo: “Huapango”; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Tickets start at $17.
Hamelin Performs Chopin: Ludovic Morlot, conductor, Marc-André Hamelin, piano, Seattle Symphony; Nico Muhly: “So Far So Good,” World Premiere; Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”; Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21; 7:30 p.m.Jan. 26 and 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets start at $17.
Russian Quintets with Marc-Andre Hamelin: Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11; Schnittke: Piano Quintet; Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57; 8 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets are $35.
“Common Ground”: Seattle Baroque Orchestra directors Ingrid Matthews and Byron Schenkman will perform “Common Ground” featuring variations on ground basses and popular tunes of the day. The concert features two sonatas by Schmelzer, the Biber Passacaglia for solo violin, Muffat’s Passacaglia for harpsichord, a “Lachrymae Pavan,” and selections from The Division Violin, including Baltzar’s “John Come Kiss Me Now”; 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at Seattle’s Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; preconcert lecture 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, $35 for seniors, $15 for patrons under 25, and $25 for side sections. Call Early Music Guild at 206-325-7066 or visit www.earlymusicguild.org.
Mukilteo Unplugged: Mukilteo Unplugged hosts an “unplugged” open mike night for musicians from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan.21 and April 21, Art Workshop Studios, ART Building, 724 1st St. Contact Steve and Christine Schmalz by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-423-0450.
Northern Sound Drum Corps: Northwest Youth Music Association and the World Class Cascades Drum Corps of Drum Corps International are recruiting brass, percussion and color guard members ages 13 to 21 to perform in the newly formed Northern Sound Drum Corps. An open house and clinic is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21, Marysville High School, 5611 108th St. NE. Cost is $10, including a pizza lunch. To register or for more information, go to www.northern-sound.org.
Northwest Scottish Fiddlers: Meetings at 1 p.m. second Sundays, in Edmonds and Mukilteo; open to teens and adults; $25 annual membership fee; 425-670-9084; www.NWScottishfiddlers.org.
Public music opportunities: 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays, Leatherheads Pub &Eatery, 10209 270th St. NW, Stanwood; one- or two-person groups, playing acoustic instruments only; call 360-348-3361 for details and to reserve times; www.leatherheadspub.com.
Recorder music sessions: 10:30 a.m. to noon first and third Saturdays, Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett; easy medieval, Renaissance and baroque pieces; free; for ages 50 and up; must provide own instrument and be able to sight-read; join anytime; 425-257-8780.
The Sound Singers: 1 p.m. practices, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave.; new members welcome; 425-774-5555; www.soundsingersofedmonds.org.
Snohomish County Windjammers men’s barbershop chorus: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Christ The King Lutheran Church, 1305 Pine Ave., Snohomish; open to ages 16 and older; 425-259-2383; email email@example.com.
Threshold choir: Women who sing in small groups at the bedsides of the seriously ill and dying. Rehearsals are 4 to 5:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays in Stanwood. Call 360-939-0240.
Voices Northwest: 7 p.m. Mondays, Trinity Episcopal Church, 2301 Hoyt Ave., Everett; open to women 16 and older; 360-794-4426; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association: Jams are second and fourth Fridays: Celtic group, 5 p.m., workshop, 6 p.m. Circle jam, 7 p.m. Monthly meeting third Sunday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. jam followed by a potluck. Acoustic instruments welcome; a few loaners available; free; Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington; 360-691-5907, email email@example.com.