Exploring the theme “Chopin the Storyteller,” acclaimed pianist Brian Ganz will return to Strathmore on Saturday for his fourth all-Chopin recital. The concert is part of Ganz’s “Extreme Chopin” quest, an effort to perform the entirety of Chopin’s compositions — some 250 works, in all — in this decade. With the journey now nearing the halfway point, Saturday’s concert — the fourth in the series — will feature ten masterpieces, including “Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52”; “Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4”; “Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1”; “Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 69, No. 1”(“L’Adieu”) and “Scherzo No. 4, Op. 54.” The concert will be followed in two weeks with Ganz’s first performances with the National Philharmonic on March 8-9 under the baton of renowned Polish conductor Michal Dworzyński. For more information, visit strathmore.org.
Happy belated Valentine’s Day!
After heavy snows put a damper on last Friday’s lovefests county wide, Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier will continue to carry the torch tonight with its rescheduled Valentine’s Day Swing Dance. Admission — $15 per person or $25 per couple — includes a swing dance lesson, live music and dancing and a cash bar. Swing era attire is encouraged, and doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Joe’s Educational Services for youth in Prince George’s County. For more information, visit joesmovement.org.
On Monday, TASTE Prince George’s Food & Wine Festival will host its “Best in Glass” mixology competition from 6:30-9 p.m. at Olde Towne Inn in Upper Marlboro. The event is the first of three semi-final competitions leading up to the grand finale, the 2nd Annual Taste Prince George’s Food & Wine Festival on Aug. 23 at Six Flags America. For more information, visit BestInGlassWinter.Splashthat.com.
In Fairfax County, Creed Bratton — eccentric star of television’s “The Office” and former member of ’60s rock group The Grass Roots — will bring music and mirth to the stage of The State Theatre in Falls Church on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 the day of the performance. For more information, visit thestatetheatre.com.