There’s a lot more really good music on tap this week. Nothing’s too heavy, and some of the offerings are free. There’s piano jazz in the Duke Gardens on Thursday, courtesy of Duke’s summer music series. On Friday, Duke offers Ensemble Vermillian, performing transcriptions of Italian chamber music, a program that competes with Carnavalito, which lights up the skies in Cary–while in Meymandi Concert Hall, PineCone’s “Down-Home” series concludes with stellar bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Saturday night, Color Latino, a fine salsa group featuring lead vocalist Aymeé Garriga, performs in Garner, the N.C. Symphony’s Summerfest series continues in Cary with some fine orchestral fare plus vocalist Ben Vereen, and in Chapel Hill the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus gives the second (and last) performance of its “Listen to My Heart” program. Finally, Father’s Day brings two events that don’t overlap (!)–a recital at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church by the promising young violinist Gabriel Meza and a concert by the Triangle Wind Ensemble in Bond Park. Readers thus have no excuses this time–let’s get out to listen, enjoy and support live music in the Triangle!

Wednesday, June 14

Raleigh Ringers present Bronzeworks. St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. Advance $9, at the door $11; students $5. 523-7252.

Folks who enjoyed last weekend’s concert by the Raleigh Ringers may wish to sample the work of Bronzeworks, a highly touted youth handbell choir from Phoenix, whose members range in age from 12 to 19. The Ringers are backing the group’s appearance in Raleigh at St. Philip Lutheran Church. The repertoire of the top-rated handbell choirs varies widely, based on the number of players and the types and ranges of instruments available, so there’s a good chance that the Bronzeworks ensemble will be playing music that hasn’t been heard here thus far.

Thursday, June 15

Bob Malone, the Piano-Man. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham. 7:30 p.m. $5, Duke students with ID free. 684-4444,

Friday, June 16

Carnavalito. Lawn, Page Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 7:30 p.m. Free. 460-4963.

Ensemble Vermillian. “Hidden Gems”–Italian chamber music transcribed for recorder, viola da gamba, cello and keyboard. Kirby Horton Hall, Duke Gardens, Durham. 7:30 p.m. $5, Duke students with ID free. 684-4444,

PineCone: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. 8 p.m. $30. 990-1900,

Saturday, June 17

PineCone: Color Latino, Misael Garriga, director, with lead vocalist Aymeé Garriga. Lake Benson Park, Garner. 6 p.m. Free. 664-8333.

Ben Vereen, vocalist, and the N.C. Symphony, William Henry Curry, conductor. Music by Tchaikovsky, Ellington and Strayhorn, and a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary. 7:30 p.m. Advance $25, at the gate $30. 733-2750,

Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus. Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. Suggested donation $15.

Sunday, June 18

Gabriel Meza, violin. Music by Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Mozart, Paganini and Bach. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham. 4 p.m. Free, donations accepted. 493-5451,

Triangle Wind Ensemble. Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. 6 p.m. Free. 469-4061.

Recommended Reviews

“A Pluperfect Evening with Double Action and a Fond Farewell” by Ken Hoover

“Summerfest–Better than Eve” by John W. Lambert

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