Ebène Quartet. Called "one of the standout quartets of the new generation" by The New York Times, the stylish young French musicians of Ebène Quartet make their Spivey Hall debut playing the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Nov. 8. Spivey Hall. www.spiveyhall.org
"Madama Butterfly." This will be Atlanta Opera's first production with new artistic director Tomer Zvulun in complete artistic control. Nearly the entire cast, including soprano Dina Kuznetsova in the role of Cio-Cio San, will be making their Atlanta Opera debuts, and the production will feature a sliding screen for projections of photographs and video of Nagasaki Bay. Nov. 8-16. The Atlanta Opera. www.atlantaopera.org.
Kathleen Battle. The diva who became as famous for her tempestuous behavior as for the beauty of her voice gives a rare performance at the University of Georgia's Performing Arts Center. Battle will perform spirituals and hymns celebrating the roots of African-American music and the Underground Railroad. Nov. 9. University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens. pac.uga.edu