The next few days are extraordinarily rich in musical offerings, generous even by Midlands standards.
And generosity is the keyword this lunchtime when the highly-regarded pianist Leon McCawley, fresh from playing Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the CBSO at Symphony Hall last night, joins some members of the orchestra for a Centre Stage concert at the CBSO Centre in Berkley Street.
Beginning with Beethoven's rarely-heard Clarinet Trio, the programme also features Mozart's great Quintet for Piano and Winds (1.10pm, light lunches available, details on 0121 767 4050). Then as if two concerts in 18 hours were not enough, McCawley and the CBSO drive over to the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick for a repeat performance tonight of the Beethoven Concerto and Shostakovich's awesome Seventh Symphony, the Leningrad (8pm, 024 7652 4524).
There is another CBSO Centre Stage event at Berkley Street on Wednesday (1.10pm), when key works by two of the most renowned minimalist composers can be enjoyed: John Adams' Road Movies and the seminal Different Trains by
Steve Reich, almost a taster for the UK première of a new work by Reich at Symphony Hall on March 30 (when Different Trains can also be heard again - more details nearer the time).
Fans of contemporary music can also flock to Wolverhampton's elegant Georgian church of St John'sin-the-Square tomorrow, when violinist/director Malcolm Layfield brings his Goldberg Ensemble for their annual visit. This year's programme includes works by John Reeman, Gavin Bryars (including his Violin Concerto), Piers Hellawell and Gary Carpenter, as well as two student compositions selected from an afternoon workshop (7.30pm, 01902 552121).
And contemporary music also comes to Bromsgrove on Wednesday, with the latest instalment in Bromsgrove Concerts' "Mixing Music" series at the Artrix. The Schubert Ensemble play works for piano quartet by Phillip Neil Martin, Graham Fitkin, Judith Weir, Piers Hellawell, John Woolrich and Martin Butler (8pm, 01527 874163).
At the other end of chamber-music chronology, St Mary's Church in Warwick receives a welcolm return visit from the charming Palladian Ensemble on Tuesday with a programme entitled "Roads to Bach - Bach and the Italian Style". Their survey takes us through the 17th century and on up to the great Johann Sebastian himself (7.30pm, 01926 496277).
This is also a busy period for opera-lovers, kicking off tonight at Birmingham's Crescent Theatre where Birmingham Conservatoire's Vocal and Operatic Department presents its annual main production. This year's choice is English
Eccentrics by Malcolm Williamson, Master of the Queen's Music until his death a few years ago.
Based on Dame Edith Sitwell's book, this comic chamber-opera casts its eye over a panorama of fascinating and often peculiar characters. Lionel Friend conducts, with stage-direction by Michael Barry (tonight and tomorrow 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm & 7.30pm; details on 0121 643 5858).
Further down Broad Street, at number 301, which used to be the magnificent Birmingham Municipal Bank building, Birmingham Opera Company unveils its latest Graham Vick production. He Had It Coming is a new treatment of Mozart's morality tale Don Giovanni, and uses professional singers and local amateurs as chorus and dancers. It opens on Wednesday at 7pm.
The previous night Welsh National Opera brings its much talked-about new production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman to Birmingham Hippodrome, starring Bryn Terfel as the tormented hero doomed to wander for all eternity unless the selfless love of a woman can redeem him (7.15pm).
On Wednesday evening WNO revives Mozart's Marriage of Figaro in its current production which has a strong visual theme of brown-paper wrappings gradually being torn away (7pm). All Hippodrome details on 0870 730 1234.
An attractive weekend at Symphony Hall sees an all-Russian programme from the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday. Valery Poliansky conducts Borodin's Prince Igor Overture and Rachmaninov's Symphony no. 3, and is joined by Sasha Rozhdestvensky as soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (7.30pm). And on Sunday the Birmingham University Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra are conducted by Professor Colin Timms in Verdi's Requiem (6pm, all Symphony Hall details on 0121 780 3333).
The drama of Buenos Aires' back-streets comes to the Octagon at Edgbaston High School for Girls, Westbourne Road, on Saturday when the popular CBSO-based El Ultimo Tango is joined by vocalist Lloica Czackis for an evening of tango music by Astor Piazzolla. A free drink is included in the admission price (7.30pm, details on 07976 803841).