MUSIC * Friday - BOSTON LYRIC OPERA, Northeastern University, Alumni Auditorium, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston - ''Death in Venice.'' 8 p.m. Repeated Sun., 3 p.m.
GENESIS, The Centrum, 50 Foster St., Worcester - Rock. 7:30 p.m. Repeated Sat.
HANDEL & HAYDN, Symphony Hall - All-Mozart Program. 8 p.m.
KING'S SINGERS, Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston - Male vocal sextet from England. 8 p.m.
NEW WORLD STRING QUARTET, Paine Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge - Music of Mozart, Berg, Mendelssohn. 8 p.m.
* Saturday - BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Symphony Hall - With conductor Sergiu Comissiona. Program includes Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Brahms/Schonberg. 8 p.m.
THE BOSTON CAMERATA, Jordan Hall - King Arthur. 8 p.m. Program repeated Sun., 3 p.m., Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge.
YOUTH CONCERTS, Symphony Hall - Program includes Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel. 10:30 a.m.
* Sunday - OPUS ENSEMBLE FROM LISBON, Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston - 3 p.m.
* Tuesday - BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Symphony Hall - With Joseph Silverstein conducting. Program of Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven. 8 p.m.
* Wednesday - RALPH TOWNER AND OREGON, Sanders Theatre - Folk/Jazz. 8 p.m.
* Thursday - BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Symphony Hall - With conductor Andrew Davis, program of Nielsen and Beethoven. 8 p.m.
COMPOSERS IN RED SNEAKERS, Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Mass. Ave., Cambridge - Classical music. 8 p.m. THEATER
AGNES OF GOD, Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston - Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., mats. Wed. & Sat. 2, Sun. 3. Through Nov. 6.
COME BACK TO THE 5 AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, The Alley Theatre, 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge - Begins Thurs., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Through Dec. 8.
THE DARK SIDE, Storytellers in Concert Halloween special, First Church, Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. Sat., 8 p.m.
MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston - Begins Tues., 8 p.m.; mats. Wed. & Sat., 2, Sun., 3. Through Nov. 20.
PERICLES, Boston Shakespeare Company, 52 St. Botolph St., Boston - Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Ends Sun. DANCE
BOSTON BALLET, Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston - ''Carmina Burana, '' Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sat., Sun. mats., 2. Ends Sun.
ODYSSEY MIME THEATRE, KAFKA'S METAMORPHOSIS AND OTHER WORKS, The Dinosaur Space, 10 West St., Boston - Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through Nov. 12. OTHER EVENTS
A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH, 101 Belvidere St., Christian Science Center, Boston - Free, nondenominational exhibit exploring the Bible in sight and sound. Includes audiovisual time-line; giant acrylic map with Bible journeys; Bible stories for children; film of Bible lands; multi-image slide show; research area. Mon.-Sat. , 10-5; Sun. 12-5; closed Tues.
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS, Boston Garden, 150 Causeway St., Boston. Fri., 4 & 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m., 3 & 7:30 p.m. Ends Sun. All seats reserved, call 742-0200.