Parisian bossa-nova and lounge music group "Nouvelle Vague" performs as part of French Week Miami, with Miami native front-woman Liset Alea. 9 p.m. Grand Central, 697 N Miami Ave., Miami. $30. Details: www.grandcentralmiami.com/nouvelle-vague-performing-live.
The fifth anniversary Jazz Roots season kicks off with "Unforgettable: Tribute to Nat King Cole," a one-night-only tribute program featuring vocal stylist and guitarist George Benson. Backed by his band and UM's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, the concert includes songs from Cole's classic albums as well as rarely-performed songs associated with Mr. Cole, interpreted by his younger brother Freddy Cole. 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Knight Concert Hall, Miami. $25-$150. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest perform in the unique American art form: Barbershop Harmony. 7:30 p.m. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. $15-$20. Details: (786) 573-5300 or www.smdcac.org.
Jon Secada performs an intimate cabaret-style show in a new concert program created for Festival Miami. The program highlights his numerous hits, popular Broadway selections, and classics as "It's Impossible," "What a Wonderful World," My Way," and more. 8 p.m. UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. $25-$65. Details: (305) 284-4940 or www.festivalmiami.com.
Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" is a 20th century composition with texts based on love, lust, drinking and springtime; and bridging the classical and rock genres for wide appeal. It is also the final performance of Festival Miami 2012 featuring the Master Chorale of South Florida, Florida Singing Sons Boychoir, University of Miami Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Chorale and soloists. 4 p.m. Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Knight Concert Hall, Miami. $35-$80. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Jazz at Wolfson series presents saxophonist Richie Cole. Mr. Cole began playing alto saxophone at age 10, winning a full scholarship in high school to attend Berklee School of Music. In 1969, he joined the big bands of Buddy Rich, and then Lionel Hampton and Doc Severinsen. Next he formed his own quintet, touring worldwide and popularizing his own "Alto Madness." He is now director of The Alto Madness Orchestra, which he founded with a rhythm section and four horns that achieve a Big Band sound through his arranging. He regularly gives master classes and has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall and for the Queen of England. Noon. MDC Wolfson Campus auditorium, 300 NE Second Ave., room 1261, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 237-3930 or www.mdc.edu.
The Adrienne Arsht Center presents Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray in her only Florida appearance. She performs hits and new songs from her latest album "Covered." 8:30 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Knight Concert Hall, Miami. $35-$75. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.