South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim's music has been described as a seamless musical quilt of gospel, jazz and folk music. Ibrahim will lead his trio in concert Saturday afternoon.
Abdullah Ibrahim Trio, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 4 p.m., $32 to $36. (310) 954-4300.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary season, the acclaimed Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet returns to Founders Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Its program: Haydn's Quartet in G minor, Opus 74, No. 3; "Rider," Bartok's Quartet No. 3; and Beethoven's Quartet in F, Opus 59, No. 1.
Emerson String Quartet, Founders Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 7:30 p.m. $50. (714) 740-7878.
Beethoven's complete incidental music to Goethe's "Egmont," heard only three times in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's history, returns to the orchestra's repertory this week. Guest conductor Lawrence Foster leads this stirring music; joining the orchestra are soprano Christine Brandes and narrator Mervon Mehta. Also on this program are the first Philharmonic performance of George Enescu's Orchestral Suite No. 1 and the Grieg Piano Concerto with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Lawrence Foster with the L.A. Philharmonic, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., 8 p.m. $12 to $72. Also Sunday at 1 p.m. (323) 850-2000.
Jo Anne Worley will be the narrator in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" when Nan Washburn conducts the West Hollywood Orchestra in an evening of Russian and Ukrainian music--also works by Borodin, Ippolitov-Ivanov and Tchaikovsky--in Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park.
Jo Anne Worley and "Peter and the Wolf," West Hollywood Orchestra, Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, West Hollywood, 8 p.m. $13 to $23. (866) 946-2255.
Bossa nova heiress Bebel Gilberto turned over her album "Tanto Tempo" to a bunch of studio wizards, who came back with the tracks for the new "Tanto Tempo Remixes." Sustaining that spirit, the Brazilian singer has enlisted English dance-music star A Guy Called Gerald to mix beats in her touring band and to open the show with a DJ set.
Bebel Gilberto, with A Guy Called Gerald, House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 9 p.m. $27.50. (323) 848-5100.
Incubus has an ominous name but a rich and sophisticated sound. The Calabasas band has become a staple with the young rock audience, especially on its home turf; with its new album, "Morning View," holding strong locally, it plays two sold-out shows at the Universal Amphitheatre.
Incubus, with Onesidezero, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 8:15 p.m. Sold out. (818) 622-4440. Also Sunday, 8:15 p.m.
The Latin jazz sounds of the Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra and a salute to Count Basie by Frank Capp's Juggernaut big band will be the top features at the 12th annual Malibu Optimist Club Jazz Festival at Pepperdine University.
Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra and Frank Capp's Juggernaut, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 8 p.m. $35. (310) 456-4522.
Some 250 horn
players will gather to perform holiday music at the 26th annual TubaChristmas in front of the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 5:30 p.m. (323) 656-6510.