Benjamin Zander conducts Mahler's Eighth Symphony with pre-concert talk at 6:45; Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. (57th St.), 247-7800; 8, $18-$75.
juilliard string quartet
"First Family" of American chamber music performs Haydn, Beethoven & Bartok; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; 8, $30.
Church of Betty, Elliott Sharp's orchestra carbon, simon shaheen
Chris Rael pres. "The Orensanz Composer Series" feat. Penny Arcade's dancers; Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk St. (betw. Houston & Stanton Sts.), 964-2124; 7:30, $15.
MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT
St. Francis of Assisi Church hosts free weekly midday concerts. Midtown Concerts consist of both secular & sacred music. Today, tenor Michael Brown; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 135 W. 31st St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 967-9157; 1:15, free.
Organist performs works by Mozart, d'Aquin, Rameau, Bach & Newman; Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave. (84th St.); 8, $10-$15.
new york gilbert & sullivan players
Albert Bergeret directs The Pirates of Penzance series feat. Frank Gorshin. Director & cast on "The Second Act basses in G & S" at 6:30, with wine & cheese; Symphony Space, 2537 B'way (95th St.), 864-5400. 8, $31-$46 [repeats Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 & 8, Sun. at 3].
Artie Shaw, Woody Herman tribute
Trumpeter Jon Faddis conducts The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band with clarinetists Dick Johnson & Ken Peplowski; Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. (57th St.), 247-7800; 8, $19-$56.
yung wook yoo
Pianist performs works by Schubert, Debussy, Currier & Liszt transcriptions; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; 8, $20.
Joel Sachs conducts New Juilliard Ensemble in series of new international music concerts. Programs vary each week with first concert today at 8, preceded by composers' forum, at 7; Juilliard Theater, Juilliard School, 65th St. (B'way), 769-7406; free, tkts. req. [repeats Mon. & Tues. at 8].
guy livingston's "60 seconds for piano"
Pianist's hour-long exhibition of sixty world-premiere pieces, all last less than a minute, incl. works by international composers William Bolcom & Pierre Boulez; Columbia's Miller Theater, 2960 B'way (116th St.), 854-7799; 8, $15.
manhattan chamber sinfonia
Samuel Cristler conducts works by Mozart, Wuorinen, Sibelius & Mendelssohn; John C. Borden Auditorium, Manhattan School of Music, NW corner of B'way & 122 St., 749-2802, ext.428; 8, free.
new york pops
Skitch Henderson leads "Hawaiian Nights" feat. The Brothers Cazimero; Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. (57th St.), 247-7800; 8, $18-$66.
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev conducts pianist Boris Berezovsky in works by Tchaikovsky; Alice Tully Hall, 1941 B'way (65th St.), 721-6500; 8, $25-$47 [repeats Sun. at 3].
Martin Josman conducts Mozart's Idomeneo feat. male soprano Robert Crowe; Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, B'way (64th St.), 721-6500; 8, $21-$73.
Violinist performs works by Leclair, Pizzetti, Copland, Herbert & Gershwin/Heifetz with pianist Robert Koenig; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; 8, $30.
chamber music society of lincoln center
Ensemble program feat. pianist Andre Watts & flutist Ransom Wilson in works by Tansman, Shostakovich, Varese, Poulenc & Martinu; Alice Tully Hall, 1941 B'way (65th St.), 721-6500; 5, $35.
the marriage diaries & correspondence of Clara & Robert Schumann
Pianist Brian Zeger joins others in chamber works by the Romantic era's Kenny & Julia Loggins, along with readings from their shared journal entries; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; 3, $25.
scott st. john
Violinist performs works by Takemitsu, Brahms & Messiaen with pianist Rieko Aizawa; Tishman Aud., New School, 66 W. 12th St. (6th Ave.), 229-5690; 2, $12.
Mikhail Pletnev conducts pianist Boris Berezovsky in works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev & Scriabin, with violinist Kyung-Wha Chung; Alice Tully Hall, 1941 B'way (65th St.), 721-6500; 3, $25-$47.
Pianist performs "Piano Works & Tangos for the Next Century" at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St. (betw. B'way & Amsterdam Ave.), 501-3330; 8, call for price.
Noonday concert series at trinity church
Violist Elizabeth Schulze perf. works by Glinka, Takemitsu & Shostakovich with pianist Luba Slepoi; Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Pl., Wall St. (B'way), 602-0873; 12, $2 contrib.