We’ll post a trio of upcoming events here each Monday that we think you’ll enjoy, and one will be free! Welcome to Trio!

• Pacific Symphony – A Hero’s Life

The Pacific Symphony opens its season with a heroic tone poem by Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, (A Hero’s Life) and are joined in the first half by the GRAMMY® Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, to play a work called Vital Sines by composer Viet Cuong in a world premiere scoring for wind ensemble and orchestra. The first work on the program is Mozart’s brief Symphony No. 32, which serves as an “amuse bouche”. Music Director Carl St. Clair will be leading the concert, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa at 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday (21-23), with Alan Chapman giving a preview talk at 7.

Carl St. Clair leading the Pacific Symphony

• Jacaranda: Hanging Gardens

Opening its “Planet Schoenberg” Season, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Arnold Schoenberg, the Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble presents a concert that pairs his Book of the Hanging Gardens with a chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Mark Alan Hilt conducts, with mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sądej, pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, and soprano Julia Metzler. The concert is Saturday (23) at 8pm, at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica.

• FREE: LA Opera Live Simulcast of Don Giovanni

LA Opera presents Opera Under the Stars, with Mozart’s Don Giovanni appearing on outdoor LED screens at La Mirada Community Regional Park and the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday the 23rd. Bring your lawn chairs and picnics and settle in for the tale of the roguish Don, sung by Lucas Meachem, with Isabel Leonard singing Donna Elvira in her mainstage company debut. James Conlon conducts the production, directed by Kasper Holten. Gates open at 4:30 in both locations, with a 6pm broadcast simulcast from nine cameras at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The “Opera at the Beach” and “Opera at the Park” events are free, and those who RSVP will receive updates and a free gift when they arrive. This is the tenth time Santa Monica Pier has had a simulcast, and the first time for the La Miranda location.