Listen to classical music: Pianist Kirill Gerstein tackles the famously difficult “Rach 3” (Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3) with the Cleveland Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Severance Hall. Bartok’s “The Wooden Prince” is also on the program. Tickets are $21 and up at 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 or clevelandorchestra.com.
Watch folk legend perform: Arlo Guthrie continues his “Alice’s Restaurant” 50th anniversary tour with an appearance at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Tickets are $45-$95 at uaevents.com. Read more in today’s Pulse section.
Meet some authors: The Akron Children’s Museum marks National Family Literacy Day with appearances by several local authors and illustrators between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. They will tell stories, sign books and meet with fans. The event is free; museum admission is $5. akronkids.org.
Honor shooting victims: The Schultz Campus for Jewish Life on White Pond Drive in Akron will host a vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Those of all faiths are welcome. Doors open at 5 p.m. 330-867-7850, jewishakron.org.
Enjoy work of choreographers: The University of Akron is a hotbed for up-and coming choreographers. Catch some new works at the Choreographers’ Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at Daum Theatre. Tickets are $7, $5 with the donation of two canned goods. 330-972-7895.