If you go

CSO Masterworks

WHAT: CSO Masterworks V, featuring conductor Ken Lam

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday

WHERE: Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

COST: Tickets start at $25 for adults

MORE INFO: CharlestonSymphony.org or call 723-7528, ext. 110.

Coffee With the Maestro

WHAT: Coffee With the Maestro, moderated by Adam Parker

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Thursday

WHERE: Bethel Untied Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St.

COST: Free

MORE INFO: CharlestonSymphony.org or call 723-7528, ext. 110

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra's fifth Masterworks program is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 13-15 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

The program will feature Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Natalia Khoma, Richard Strauss' tone poem "Death and Transfiguration" and Vaughan Williams' "Dives and Lazarus."

The concert will be led by Ken Lam, a candidate for the music director post. The symphony has invited each of its six finalists to lead a Masterworks program this season.

Lam is the winner of the 2011 Memphis International Conducting Competition, resident conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, education conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and associate professor and director of orchestra at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

"At first glance, a program containing works by two English composers, one Russian and one German may seem like a disparate collection," Lam said in a statement. "However, these four composers are dealing with the legacy of late-Romanticism in their own unique way. While each of these composers hails from a different musical tradition, they all express an extreme range of emotions through gorgeous melodic writing, rich harmonies, and lush orchestration."

Lam made his professional U.S. debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin.

In recent seasons, he led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Illinois and Meridian, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

Khoma, a native of Lviv, Ukraine, is a professor of cello at the College of Charleston and co-director of the Charleston Music Fest. She has won numerous competitions, performed with major orchestras around the world and recorded for several major classical music labels.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League is sponsoring a public meet-and-greet for each of the candidates. The fifth "Coffee with the Maestro," with Lam, is 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Untied Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St.

The Q&A session, free and open to the public, will be led by Post and Courier arts writer Adam Parker.

Three pre-concert conversations hosted by William D. Gudger and free to all ticket holders, are scheduled for 6:30-7 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre.

For more information about Lam and the other candidates, and to buy tickets for Masterworks performances, visit CharlestonSymphony.org. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 723-7528, ext. 110.