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October 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

4 things to do this weekend for classical fans

A rainy October weekend is a great time to enjoy cider (or pumpkin beer), doughnuts….maybe a little early Halloween candy? Protect your molars and partake in some of the ear candy happening Oct. 24-26.

1 Seattle Symphony: Baroque & Wine

8 p.m. Oct. 24-25, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; www.seattlesymphony.org

The affable Nicholas McGegan (OBE, thankyouverymuch) will be the guest conductor for these SSO concerts, saluting those German gems of the Baroque, Bach and Telemann. Wine tasting is part of each evening, too; $10 for 4 pours.

2 Seattle Opera: 'Don Giovanni'

7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, McCaw Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $65, www.seattleopera.org. Other performances: Oct. 29, 31, Nov. 1.

Seattle Opera remounts its 2007 production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” about the libertine who likes pranks and women a little too much  — and pays a really big price.

3 Met Opera regional auditions

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $10-$15

Is the next Renee Fleming waiting in the wings? Aspiring opera singers gather each fall for district auditions, part of the Metropolitan Opera’s national audition program. The top singers advance to the regionals Feb. 15, 2015, part of a weekend of opera-related events, and the finals are March 22 at the Met. Judges at the local event include dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen, familiar to local audiences for her appearances in Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.

4 Simple Measures with Frank Almond

2 p.m. Oct. 26, Town Hall Seattle (downstairs), $15-$30, www.simplemeasures.org

Remember what happened to Frank Almond? The Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster/soloist/chamber musician was mugged with a Taser for his 299-year-old Stradivarius, known as the Lipinski, back in January. The violin came back home, thankfully, and you can see Almond playing it during Simple Measures’ 10th anniversary season kickoff concert.

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