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Musical Arts International will kick off its 2013-14 season at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Latvian Lutheran Church, 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville. The program will include a special performance of the Sunrise Quartet, featuring pianist Li-Ly Chang and the monumental Piano Quintet of Dmitri Shostakovich, op. 57. Also featured will be Claudia Chudacoff, violin; Teri Lazar, violin; Osman Kivrak, viola and Diana Fish, cello. For more information, visit www.musicalartsinternational.org.

Also this weekend, retirees in Montgomery County can meet composer Janice Hamer, who will tell the behind-the-scenes story of “Lost Childhood,” a new opera based on a Holocaust memoir. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Ingleside at King Farm retirement community, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. The National Philharmonic will perform Hamer’s “Lost Childhood” at Strathmore on Nov. 9 — the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”), when a series of coordinated attacks against Jews occurred in 1938 throughout Germany and elsewhere. For more information on Sunday’s event, visit www.inglesideatkingfarm.org.

The Tantallon Community Players make music with Ronald Harwood’s “Quartet” this weekend, a tale about four famed, retired opera singers living under the same roof, rekindling old relationships and unearthing old grudges. Directed by Charla Rowe, the lyrical comedy continues at the Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington to Oct. 13. For more information, visit www.tantallonstage.com.

Finally, in Fairfax County, Men at Work’s Colin Hay comes to Alexandria, Va. this weekend. The “Down Under” singer will bring his “Finding My Dance Tour” to The Birchmere Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit www.birchmere.com.