Merry Widow, Bacchus

Merry Widow

The plot of Lehar's operetta is pretty silly stuff, full of willful misunderstandings and love eventually requited, but the music is so silky and danceable it makes any objections seem trivial. Ronald Hynd moves his dancers in and out of their various trysts deftly, while giving us plenty of time to admire the lavish production values. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 206-292-ARTS. $20-$137. Opens Thurs. March 17. 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat; 2 p.m. matinees Sat. Also 1 p.m. Sun March 27. Closes Sun. March 27. SANDRA KURTZ


David Schiff's nature-inspired, birdsong-evoking Canzona was one of the most memorable of the Seattle Symphony's recent centennial commissions. The Portland composer and first-rate writer (his articles appear in Atlantic Monthly, one of the few general-interest magazines that bothers to acknowledge the existence of classical music) will be back in town to host a concert by the piano trio Bacchus. Violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, pianist Judith Cohen and cellist Mara Finkelstein will give the local premiere of Schiff's New York Nocturnes, coupled on the program with Leonard Bernstein's Seven Anniversaries. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth, 206-652-4255. $13-$16. 5 p.m. Sun. March 20. GAVIN BORCHERT

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