Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, Eric Rynes and Ann Cummings

An Evening with Kent Stowell and Francia Russell

Among the series of "farewell" appearances that Stowell and Russell (pictured) will make this year, this evening should be one of the most interesting, with these outgoing directors of Pacific Northwest Ballet joined on stage by their sons Christopher, Ethan, and Darren (an artistic director, a restaurateur, and an educator, respectively); Louise Nadeau and Jeffrey Stanton from PNB; and Donald Byrd, the frequently opinionated director of Spectrum Dance Theater. Moderator Spider Kedelsky will have his hands full. Town Hall, Eighth Ave. and Seneca St., 206-652-4255. $10. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 20. SANDRA KURTZ

New Music for Violin and Piano

Even in a city rich with players enthusiastic about new music, Eric Rynes and Ann Cummings stand out, tackling music both by locals and by some of the thorniest, modern-est, European-est composers around. The Seattle Composers Salon, flourishing in its sixth season, is branching out to its first commissioned work; Sarah Bassingthwaighte (pictured) is the recipient, and Rynes and Cummings will premiere her "Stochastikos" this weekend. Also on the program—maybe a bit more UW-centric than it needed to be—will be works by Bret Battey, Joel- Francois Durand, Eric Flesher, and improv eminence grise Stuart Dempster. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 206-548-0981. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Oct. 15-Sat. Oct. 16. GAVIN BORCHERT

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