New Zealand String Quartet

The much traveled New Zealand String Quartet will give the acoustics of the brand new Soka Performing Arts Center a test with a varied program spanning centuries. Haydn’s “Lark” Quartet opens the agenda, which also includes “Exitus,” written in 2009 for this group by the Wellington-based composer Michael Norris, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 and Beethoven’s late masterpiece, the String Quartet, Op. 131. 8 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets are $23-$33. Soka Performing Arts Center, Soka University, Aliso Viejo. 949-480-4000.

Pacifica Quartet

The Grammy-winning Pacific Quartet, recently named quartet in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, arrives at the Segerstrom Center for a make up appearance after a cancellation last season. The ensemble will perform Beethoven’s early String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 3, Shostakovich’s rarely heard String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven’s great middle period String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky.” 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Tickets are $60. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 714-556-2787.

Talich Quartet

The venerable Talich Quartet, established in 1964 and now headed by the founder’s son, has long been considered one of the great exponents of Czech music. The group arrives in Fullerton to perform Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 and that classic of the Czech repertoire, Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life.” 8 p.m. Nov. 4. Tickets are $20-$25. Meng Concert Hall, Cal State Fullerton. 657-278-3371.

Yuja Wang

The phenomenal pianist Yuja Wang, recently in the news more for a little red dress she wore at the Hollywood Bowl this summer than for her playing, arrives at the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform Prokofiev’s thrilling and knuckle-busting Piano Concerto No. 3. Elsewhere on the program, James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, conducts the orchestra in Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. 11 a.m. Nov. 4; 8 p.m. Nov. 5; 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets are $60-$177. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. 323-850-2000.

Salastina Music Society

The Salastina Music Society makes its Orange County debut with a wide-ranging chamber music program including music by Joaquin Turina, Orlando Gibbons, Alexander Borodin, Benjamin Godard, Johannes Brahms and others. Guest artists include pianist Steven Vanhauwaert (winner of the Liszt International Competition) and Pacific Symphony violist Meredith Crawford. 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are $25-$30. $12 for children under 12. Casa Romantica, Main Salon, San Clemente. 949-498-2139.

John Alexander’s 40th

John Alexander, artistic director of the Pacific Chorale since the Nixon administration, celebrates his 40th anniversary as head of the group. He’s an Orange County musical treasure. Under his guidance the Chorale has become a sumptuous, flexible and versatile ensemble, as at home in the classics of the repertoire as in demanding new music, which it regularly performs. In an explicit celebration of Alexander’s achievements, the Chorale will present a program of some of Alexander’s favorites, extending from Beethoven to Morten Lauridsen, from Finzi to Jake Heggie. Work by Alexander will also be performed. With the Pacific Symphony. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets are $15-$125. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 714-662-2345.