Conlon’s last appearance with the NSO, conducting Zemlinsky’s tone poem Die Seejungfrau, was exceptional. This program centers on what will likely be an equally memorable rendition of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, on the heels of the NSO’s Russia tour last week. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. kennedy-center.org; 202-467-4600.
From the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Orion String Quartet and soprano Tony Arnold pair Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 and Brett Dean’s new String Quartet No. 2 (“And once I played Ophelia”). Dean also performs a new work he has composed for viola and piano with pianist Juho Pohjonen. Listen for free 8 p.m. Saturday at the Library of Congress. loc.gov