Her fourth recording. "Radio Music Society" released earlier this year, contains Spalding's compositions for her 12-piece band.

Edgar Meyer and Virginia Symphony, Oct. 26, Ferguson Center (also Oct. 27 in Norfolk and Oct. 28 in Virginia Beach)

One of the most interesting musicians at work today is Edgar Meyer, a contemporary bass player and composer who's equally at home in classical, bluegrass and jazz styles of music. Meyer has collaborated with the top artists of our time including Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Mark O'Connor and Nickel Creek.

In October he'll perform his third double bass concerto with the orchestra. First performed in February of this year, the 22-minute piece includes lots of colorful writing for the woodwinds.

Meyer also will solo in the Concerto No. 2 for Double Bass by Giovanni Bottesini, a 19th century Italian composer and double bass virtuoso. Conductor JoAnn Falletta will lead the orchestra in John Adams' "The Chairman Dances" and Dvorak's Seventh Symphony.

"Tell Me Something Good," ETHEL with Todd Rundgren, Oct. 30, The American Theatre

This one gets my vote for one of the quirkier concerts of the year. ETHEL, a New York-based string quartet known for its cutting-edge programming and delivery, teams up with pop icon Todd Rundgren for a concert that celebrates the 70s.

The title of the show refers to the popular Stevie Wonder-penned song released by Rufus and Chaka Khan in 1974. The music explored in the program reflects the turbulent decade that saw Watergate, the Vietnam War, and funk, glam rock and early minimalism in music.

Rundgren and ETHEL first toured together in 2005 and found a friend and compatible musical voice. Rundgren will perform his music, and the program also features Lou Harrison's Quartet Set; Kimo Williams' "Quiet Shadows," a work inspired by Vietnam; arrangements of music by Sun Ra and a new work by rising composer Judd Greenstein.

Pitchford.com called ETHEL a "necessary jet of cold water in the contemporary classical scene." The group is known for bringing together diverse musical sources. Its members are violinists Kip Jones and Tema Watstein, violist Ralph Farris and cellist Dorothy Lawson.

November

"Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle," Nov. 9, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts

Lindbergh remains one of America's aviation pioneers whose life was marked by triumph and tragedy. "Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle" is a one-man show written and performed by actor Steve Carroll.

The play examines how Lindbergh achieved worldwide fame with his 1927 flight to Paris, then saw his life spiral out of control when he lost his privacy and his firstborn son in a notorious kidnapping. Originally produced at New Jersey Repertory Company, the show has been endorsed by The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.

Carroll, who appeared as Dr. Matt Rawlins in ABC's "One Life To Live," has worked extensively in theater, commercials, films and television since 1977.

Joan Kwuon, violinist, and Andre-Michel Schub, pianist, Nov. 17, The American Theatre

Top-notch chamber music is always a welcome addition to the Hampton Roads music scene. Violinist Joan Kwuon and pianist Andre-Michel Schub make a fabulous team.

Kwuon, who made her debut at the Tanglewood Festival, is a frequent performer with symphony orchestras and at chamber music festivals. Schub, a former Gold Medalist at the Van Cliburn International Competition and a regular contributor to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is familiar to Hampton Roads audiences as director of the chamber music series for the Virginia Arts Festival.

Their program will feature works by Beethoven and Stravinsky.

William Shatner, Nov. 30, Ferguson Center

From his memorable portrayal as Capt. Kirk on "Star Trek" to his irreverent turn on "Boston Legal" and price.com and other commercials, Shatner is a survivor in a tough entertainment field. In "Shatner's World," he combines humor, storytelling and select musical selections.

Christmas with The Romeros and Concerto Malaga, Dec. 22, The American Theatre

One of the world's most recognized guitar families, The Romeros are joined in this concert by Concerto Malaga, a 13-piece string orchestra under the direction of Massimo Paris.

Founded in 1960 by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his three sons, the ensemble today is composed of the family's second and third generations. Soloists for this Christmas program include Pepe, Celin, Lito and Celino Romero.