Haifa Symphony Orchestra. On its first U.S. tour, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, among other pieces. At Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8 p.m. $20-$60. www.marincenter.org.
High-octane classical. The globe-trotting Jerusalem Quartet kicks off its U.S. tour in Berkeley, following a swing through Israel and Europe. The acclaimed string quartet, described by the Times of London as “high-voltage” and the Washington Post as “dazzling,” will perform pieces by 20th-century Russian composer-pianist Dmitri Shostakovich. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at U.C. Berkeley, 101 Sproul Hall, Berkeley. $42. www.calperfs.berkeley.edu
Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis. Israeli rocker performs. Part of the 29th Jewish Music Festival. At Rooster T. Feathers, 157 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 7 p.m. $50-$60. www.tinyurl.com/kwhmt8s. Also March 20 at Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F. 8 p.m. $30-$68. www.yoshis.com. (See story, 26)
“Erev Shira.” Sing-along of traditional Israeli songs with Dahlia Blech and local musicians. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $5. www.paloaltojcc.org.
friday/21 and saturday/22
Bridging worlds. Israeli-born cellist Maya Beiser will present her new program “All Vows,” which explores the dichotomy between the physical and spiritual worlds. The show features Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and others and includes covers of songs by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and others, as well as new work based on legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s 1937 song “Hellhound on My Trail.” 8 p.m. Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. $25-$35. www.ybca.org
Noted fusion. Founded more than 15 years ago by African American jazz pianist Warren Byrd and Jewish American jazz bassist David Chevan, the Afro-Semitic Experience plays an intricate fusion of jazz, klezmer, cantorial music, gospel, salsa and funk. The Connecticut-based band is dedicated to “expanding the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African diaspora.” The performance is part of the 13-day Jewish Music Festival. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. $30-$32. www.thefreight.org.
“Love, Loss and Latkes.” Local klezmer trio Veretski Pass teams up with the San Francisco Choral Artists for a show about Jewish culture. At St. Gregory’s Church, 500 De Haro St., S.F. 8 p.m. $12-$30. Also March 23 at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland, 4 p.m. $12-$30. www.sfca.org.
Anthony Mordechai-Tzvi Russell and Veretski Pass. The Yiddish singer joins the klezmer trio on stage. Part of the 29th Jewish Music Festival. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $22-$25. www.jewishmusicfestival.org.
The Maccabeats. The Israeli a cappella group performs a mix of Jewish, American and Israeli songs. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 5 p.m. $25. www.jccsf.org.
“A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.” Biblical scholar, poet and singer-songwriter Alicia Jo Rabin performs a chamber-rock operatic show about spirituality, finance and responsibility based on Madoff and his crimes. Part of the 29th Jewish Music Festival. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 7:30 p.m. $22-$25. www.jewishmusicfestival.org.