If you've heard the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in recent seasons, you know that the term "student ensemble" doesn't really fit. These young players, honed by conductor Hajime Teri Murai, are capable of some very professional playing. This week, the orchestra leaves its usual space on Mount Vernon Square and heads uptown a few blocks to perform a program of notable 20th-century works.
Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, which is dedicated "to the memory of an angel" (the daughter of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius) and employs atonal principles in a profoundly beautiful manner, will feature former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Herbert Greenberg as soloist. Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish), which is dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy and represents the composer at his most personal, will feature soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Peabody choral ensembles and Rheda Becker as speaker.
The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Hall, Cathedral and Preston streets. Tickets are $10 to $30. Call 410-783-8100.