The National Philharmonic, led by conductor Piotr Gajewski, returns to the Music Center at Strathmore for a rousing performance of Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings” this weekend. Joining the symphony will be violinist Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra, who will perform Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5,” an energetic and melodic piece also known as “Turkish.” Also slated for the program is Mozart’s early “Symphony No. 29.” A free pre-concert lecture is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Show times are 8 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Single tickets start at $28. Individuals ages 7-17 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.
In Greenbelt, guests to the New Deal Cafe are in for a “crazy” concoction of classic country, Western swing and jazz — and a fair share of Patsy Cline — courtesy of Patsy’s Honky Tonk Torch and Twang and The Hall Brothers. The rockabilly roustabout begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the cafe. For more information, visit www.newdealcafe.com.
In Vienna, Va., musician Michael Clem will celebrate yet another birthday at Jammin Java, bringing the other two compatriots from his trio — guitarist Rusty Speidel and bassist Thomas Gunn — along for the ride. Clem, former bassist and songwriter for Eddied From Ohio, promises cake, camaraderie and some new material making its way to the stage. Making his Jammin Java debut will be opening act Ethan Schaefer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit www.jamminjava.com.