Call it a duet. This Saturday, Musica Reginae Productions will present the VENTI Wind Quartet at the Church-in-the-Gardens. This group will explore combinations of wind instruments with accompaniment by well-regarded pianist Barbara Podgurski. The focus will be on 20th century chamber music, especially compositions inspired by the French Renaissance and Romanian folklore. The next day at the same Forest Hills Gardens house of worship, the Con Brio Ensemble will present a twilight concert. Violinist Alexander Meshibovsky and pianist Diana Mittler will play Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major and other selections. Oboist Alan Hollander will present Bach, Schumann, and others. And baritone Darian Worrell will perform Dvorak.

Details: VENTI Wind Quartet with Pianist Barbara Podgurski, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills Gardens, January 10th, 7:30 pm, $12-$22.

Bonus details: Con Brio Ensemble, The Church-in-the-Gardens, January 11th, 4:30 pm, $12.

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Queens will be filled with beautiful music this Sunday. At 3 pm at Flushing Town Hall, Trio Cavatina will play classical and romantic music featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms. It will be the NYC premiere for Douglas Boyce, who writes chamber music that bridges the medieval and the modern, the visceral and the cerebral. This chamber ensemble, consisting of pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, violinist Harumi Rhodes and cellist Priscilla Lee, won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition. Meanwhile at 4:30 pm, the Con Brio Ensemble will perform a twilight concert at the Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills. World famous violinist Alexander Meshibovsky and pianist Diana Mittler will perform Respighi-Violin Sonata, Bloch-Baal Shem Suite and Sarasate-Introduction and Tarantella. Plus, Alan Hollander will play works for oboe and piano by Telemann, Ravel and Saint-Saens, and baritone Darian Worrell will sing the Four Serious Songs by Brahms. And if these concerts inspire their audiences, the Oratorio Society of Queens will hold auditions for those who enjoy choral singing at Flushing’s Temple Beth Sholom on Monday, January 13th, at 7:45 pm.

Details: Trio Cavatina, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, January 12th, 3 pm, $25/$20 for Queens residents/$15 for students.

Bonus details: Con Brio Ensemble, The Chuch-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, January 12th, 4:30 pm, $12/$10.

Final details: January 13th, Oratorio Society of Queens Auditions, Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, January 13th, 7:45 pm, free but make reservations at 718.279.3006.