The Abramyan String Quartet - violinists Gerald Elias and Lynnette Stewart, violist Scott Lewis and cellist John Eckstein - will present its first concert of the season today at 5 p.m. at the Salt Lake Art Center.

Featured will be three works - Paul Hindemith's "Minimax," in honor of the Hindemith centennial; the Second String Quartet of Utah composer Ann Hankinson; and Beethoven's Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, the third of his "Razumovsky" Quartets.Admission is $10, or free to students and children. At 4:30 Hankinson will also lead a pre-concert discussion of her piece, which includes the use of the Tibetan bowl.

The concert will be repeated Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 569 S. 1300 East. Admission is $10 ($5 students and senior citizens).

- MARY WESCOTT will lead the Salt Lake Vocal Ensemble at 7 this evening at First United Methodist Church, 203 S. 200 East. Featured will be music of Monteverdi, d'Indy, Stephen Foster, Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Virgil Thomson and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert is dedicated to recently retired founding SLVE members William and Lois Drews.

Suggested donation is $7.50.

- THE WASATCH COMMUNITY Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert this evening at 7:30 at First Presbyterian Church, South Temple and C streets.

Under music director Kenneth Kuchler the orchestra will be heard in the overtures to Glinka's "A Life for the Czar" and Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" along with music of Bach, Beethoven, Anderson, Corigliano and Hawley Ades' "A Carol Festival."

Marion Albiston will also conduct the brass of the orchestra in a selection of pieces.

- THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Percussion Ensemble and Ute Drum Line will perform Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Gardner Hall on the U. campus.

Featured will be an arrangement of the "Chanson Boheme" from Bizet's "Carmen" as well as a new work by Christopher Coleman, "Cat Spanking." Admission is $2 and $4 at the door. In the past, SRO houses have been the rule.

- THE WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Guitar Ensemble will perform Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Allred Theatre of the Ogden school's Browning Center for the Performing Arts.

Directed by Todd Woodbury, the group will be heard in music of Vivaldi, Sor and Alonzo Muderra. Admission is by a canned-food donation for the homeless.

- MUSIC DIRECTOR Joseph Silverstein will lead the Utah Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Utah Symphony Chorus in performances of Mozart's "Great" Mass in C minor in concerts Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center and Thursday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall.

With sopranos Diane Owens and Susan Huff, tenor Robert Breault and baritone Clayne Robison as soloists, the mass, begun in 1782, will be performed in the New Mozart Edition of 1986. In addition BYU faculty pianist Irene Peery will join the orchestra in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K. 450, from 1784.

Tickets to the Abravanel Hall concert are priced from $16 to $22; call 533-NOTE. BYU tickets are $12 ($10 students, faculty and staff, $11 alumni and senior citizens), available at the fine arts ticket office (378-4322).

- THE UTAH CHILDREN'S CHOIR will join the Utah Valley Symphony for its annual holiday concert Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 6 and 7, in the Provo Tabernacle.

Starting time is 7:30 p.m. each night for a program that will feature the orchestra, conducted by Clyn Barrus, in Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 - the "New World" Symphony - as well as the traditional carol sing-along.

The children's choir will perform John Rutter's "Dancing Day: A Cycle of Traditional English Chistmas Carols," with Karin Magleby as soprano soloist, along with arrangements of familiar and unfamiliar carols.

Tickets are $5 ($4 students and senior citizens) at the door, with parking available at the NuSkin plaza adjacent to the tabernacle.

- THE CACHE DANCE COMPANY will present the heart-tugging tale of "Little Match Girl" at the Eccles Theatre in Logan Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9, at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Eccles Theatre box office. Evening performances are $7 and the matinee is $5.