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Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars

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Musical director Juan de Marcos Gonzáles keeps his multigenerational Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars moving by continually changing the lineup to best represent the contemporary, traditional, and future styles of Cuban music. The 15-piece, Grammy-nominated ensemble has been a Cuban-music emissary for almost two decades. 8 p.m. $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

SATURDAY

All the world’s a stage Sweeney Todd and those Macbeth witches share the stage when the Metropolitan Chorale presents “From the Stage,” an evening of lust, revenge, and betrayal from musical theater and opera. The program features music by Purcell, Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, Sondheim, and others. 8 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors. First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon St., Newton Center. www.metropolitanchorale.org

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Creatively cooped up Passing time in the hospital isn’t fun, but patients at Boston Children’s Hospital are able to spend time expressing themselves artistically through the Creative Arts Program. Their writing and art are on view at “The View From Here.” Sat hours are 2-5 p.m. (through March 28). Free. TowneArt Gallery at Wheelock College, 180 the Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2219. www.wheelock.edu

Into the dark You might not leave this concert with a spring in your step or a chuckle, but you’ll probably be moved. The Boston Choral Ensemble undertakes an exploration of how lamentation has inspired composers to create powerful and moving music. “Déplorations” kicks off with “Deploration on the Death of Ockeghem’’ by Josquin and also features the rarely heard 40-part motet “Spem in alium’’ by Thomas Tallis. 8 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., Boston. www.bostonchoral.org

Highs and low A Kickstarter campaign funded the new release by Kat Edmonson, and “Way Down Low” also jumpstarted the singer’s songwriting and production debut. On the record, the Texas native performs “Long Way Home” with Lyle Lovett. 8 p.m. doors. $17. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

SUNDAY

Megan and Stephanie It took these ladies only three months to form Nancy and Beth, but we’re curious about the name since the ladies are Megan Mullally (“Children’s Hospital” and “Will & Grace”) and Stephanie Hunt (“Friday Night Lights,” “Californication,” and “How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life”). The pair met and started singing together while working on an indie film in Texas. March 10 at 7 p.m. $25-$35. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

Happy and sad Let’s not confuse the two. Weddings go with celebration music; funerals with mourning music. Chorus pro Musica will get it right at “Four Weddings & a Funeral: Music of Mourning & Celebration,” a program of Bach, Brahms, Pinkham, and Whitacre. Pinkham wrote his Wedding Cantata from Song of Solomon texts in 1956 for his friends’ marriage. March 10 at 3 p.m. $25-$45 (discounts available; $30 90 minutes before the concert for newlyweds and engaged couples with an invitation or announcement). Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston. 800-658-4276. www.choruspromusica.org

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