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Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet's The Romantics spring program is designed to stir our hearts, and there is a variety of possibilities: Paul Taylor's melting tenderness in "Roses" contrasts with the more overt virtuosity of Kent Stowell's new duet "Dual Lish"; Nicolo Fonte, pictured here in a recent rehearsal with dancers, comes back to PNB for "Within/Without," set to music by Arvo Pärt ("Almost Tango," Fonte's study in transitory relationships, was featured at the company in 2002). McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 206-292-ARTS. $16-$125. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. March 18-Sat. March 20. Also 2 p.m. Sat. March 20 and 1 p.m. Sun. March 21. SANDRA KURTZ

Arnaldo Cohen

When the Romantic movement came along around the second quarter of the 19th century, the scope of music both expanded and contracted: to epic statements like Beethoven's or Berlioz's; or to unprecedentedly intimate explorations of the subtlest moods and colors, like Chopin's Preludes (1836-39)—24 in all, totaling about a half-hour. Prelude No. 1 is a moto perpetuo that works up a surprisingly sweeping climax in thirty seconds; No. 2 has some lurid, shifty harmonies that, out of context, might be mistaken for Schoenberg; the rippling No. 3 is sunlight on a rushing brook…Arnaldo Cohen is playing them all next week, alongside Haydn's Sonata No. 23 and Schumann's Fantasy in C. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880. $30. 8 p.m. Wed. March 24. GAVIN BORCHERT

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