SATURDAY MAY 13
Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who came to international prominence after winning the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989, makes his Celebrity Series debut with a program that includes Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Duparc, and Rachmaninov at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | 8 pm | $41-$61 | 617.482.6661.
The 18th-century French dramatist Pierre Marivaux, long one of the most celebrated playwrights in France, remained little-known in the States until a craze swept through ambitious stateside theaters in the late ’90s and made him a sudden staple of the American stage. American Repertory Theatre artistic director Robert Woodruff is at the helm for his company’s production of Marivaux’s Island of Slaves, in which two servants and their masters are shipwrecked on a remote beach when the hierarchy goes to hell. It runs through June 11 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge | $37-$74 | 617.547.8300.
WEDNESDAY MAY 17
A.M. Homes, author of the acclaimed short-story collections Things You Should Know and Safety of Objects and novels The End of Alice and Music for Torching, writes about the desperation and desolation of middle-class life. But she’s no Cheever — hers are darker, more bizarre tales. She reads from This Book Will Save Your Life (Viking) — her first novel in six years — at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Ave, Brookline | 7 pm | Free | 617.566.6660.
SATURDAY MAY 20
The First Lady of Boston jazz, Rebecca Parris, comes to the Real Deal Jazz Club and Café in Cambridge in an excellent quartet with pianist Brad Hatfield, bassist Peter Kontrimas, and drummer Matt Gordy | Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St, Cambridge | 617.876.7777.
TUESDAY MAY 23
Despite the decidedly Celtic lilt to his name, Alastair Moock is a Boston phenomenon whose musical leanings have been compared with those of cross-genre roots masters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Moock is at Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville | 617.776.2004.