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Classical picks: Pianist wizard, `Don Giovanni,' Canadian Brass

- — Georgia Rowe, Correspond­ent

Symphonic works, opera, chamber music and an all-brass concert are on the weekend's classical scene.

Aimard arrives: The superb French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard comes to the San Francisco Symphony, playing Ravel's suite for solo piano, “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” and joining music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the orchestra as soloist for Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 2. Salonen completes the program with selections from Prokofiev's “Romeo and Juliet.” Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; $35-$165;

Bring on the “Don”: West Bay Opera has a new “Don Giovanni” waiting in the wings, with four performanc­es of Mozart's opera on the calendar. Baritone Joel Balzun sings the title role, Richard Harrell directs the production, and the conductor is José Luis Moscovich. Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Feb. 25; 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 26; Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto; $35-$92;

Bring on the brass: The Canadian Brass, recently returned from a European tour that included stops in Vienna and five German cities, arrives in Livermore this weekend with an assortment of beloved brass works. Details: 3 p.m. Sunday; Bankhead Theatre, Livermore; $55-$85; LivermoreA­

Catch the Catalyst: The Catalyst Quartet is gearing up for San Francisco Performanc­es' annual Pivot Festival; with three evenings of music on the schedule, the Grammy Award-winning foursome will explore chamber music by a wide range of composers. Choose single tickets or a threenight series. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 23; Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; $45-$65single; $120-$180 series; www. sfperforma­

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