CLASSICAL MUSIC

In the suburbs, where classical music is booming, there will be three specially notable programs this week:

The Montgomery Chamber Orchestra with violinist Alexis Galpe'rine and violist Miles Hoffman, Saturday night at the National Bureau of Standards.

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, playing Stravinsky, Grieg and Beethoven, Saturday and Sunday nights at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville.

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra playing Mozart, Bruckner and Menotti, Saturday night at Fairfax High School.

Downtown, Rafael Fru hbeck de Burgos returns to the National Symphony this week for a program that includes Piston's "The Incredible Flutist" and Bruckner's Second Symphony. A new work by Jon Deak will be performed by the New York Woodwind Quintet Friday night at the National Academy of Sciences, with music of Stravinsky, Mozart, Ligeti and Nielsen. Steve Reich will give a program of his own works, including his recent "Desert Music," Friday night at the Kennedy Center.

A Brahms program, including his Horn Trio, Cello Sonata in E Minor and Hungarian Dances, will be given by the Smithsonian Chamber Players Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the National Museum of American History's Hall of Musical Instruments as part of the "Romantic Legacy" series.

Pianist Jeffrey Chappell will perform his own "American" Sonata, this afternoon at the Phillips Collection, as well as music of Beethoven, Chopin, Faure' and Ravel. At the National Gallery of Art, guitarist William Feasley's program will include music of Dowland, Bach, Granados and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

And at the Trinity Theatre in Georgetown, the Washington Savoyards will be performing "The Mikado," beginning Thursday evening. DANCE

Daniel McCusker and the Ram Island Dance Company, a troupe based in Portland, Maine, makes its Washington debut at the Dance Place in three performances starting Friday night. McCusker, a first-rate dancer who was formerly a member of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, took over artistic direction of this New England group earlier this year. The program will feature three works by McCusker, including his newest, "Story," created for Ram Island, as well as a reconstruction of "Brahms Waltzes" by modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman. POP MUSIC

Tracy Schwartz, one of the New Lost City Ramblers and a great friend to old-time music, performs at the Takoma Cafe on Monday.

The best, most consistently challenging big band in jazz belongs to Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin; they'll be at Blues Alley on Wednesday.

The outstanding guitarist and Appalachian traditionalist Doc Watson makes his first local appearance since the death of his son and playing partner Merle. At the Barns on Friday.

Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley, where you been? Never mind, 'cause he'll be at the 9:30 club on Friday, a week before his induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.