Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend.
1. Korean quartet Black Strings is on a mission to create a new sound. The group’s music is inspired by Korean traditional music and improvisational approaches like jazz.
Founded in 2011 through the Korea/United Kingdom cultural exchange program “UK Connection,” the group has performed at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival (South Korea) and London Jazz Festival. They’ve collaborated with UK artists Tim Garland, John Turville, Asaf Sirkis and Gwilym Simcock.
Black Strings will perform at Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington at 8 p.m., Friday. COST $25 students; $30 members; $35 non-members. INFO delart.org or 571-9590.
2. One of the most popular instruments of the Renaissance era, the lute, is Ronn McFarlane’s possession.
McFarlane is a Grammy-nominated lutenist who aims to share the instrument with a contemporary audience. The sound is reminiscent of a guitar.
Having started playing the lute in 1978, McFarlane has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort, touring 49 of the 50 United States and Canada, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria and more.
You can catch the lutenist in the Bennett Chapel of Wesley College, 3 N. Bradford St., Dover at 7:30 p.m., Saturday. COST $7 members; $10 non-members; free for ages 12 or younger. INFO delfolk.org or 827-FOLK.
3. Sizzling baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica has shimmered on stages since their founding in 1990. The group has performed in some of the most prestigious concert series in the United States.
Musica has performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and has been heard on German National radio, and on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” “Harmonia” and on Minnesota Public Radio.
The baroque ensemble will dazzle at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 West Fourth St., Lewes at 2 p.m., Saturday. COST $35. INFO coastalconcerts.org or 645-5132.