Northwest New Works, Craig Sheppard

Northwest New Works

This is an action-packed weekend for the annual art-a-thon. The early show downstairs features an example of Kristen Tsiatsios' movement/theater work, while the upstairs space has an all-dance program, most of it spliced with film and video, including the tricky duo from SOM plus a work full of implied danger by Paige Barnes (whose Molt is pictured here) that leaves you slightly apprehensive by the end. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888. $14-$30. 5 p.m. studio theater, 7:30 p.m. lobby installation, 8 p.m. mainstage Sat. April 2-Sun. April 3. SANDRA KURTZ

Craig Sheppard

"I always felt that I could live without the Chopin concertos, and managed to," wrote Glenn Gould, "until Alexis Weissenberg dusted the cobwebs from Mme. Sand's salon and made those works a contemporary experience." Craig Sheppard, too, is a pianist similarly skilled at cobweb-dusting, making any music he touches—from the most arcane Beethoven sonata to the fluffiest Brahms dance—leap vividly and authoritatively to life. He'll play both of those same much-maligned Chopin concertos (revolutionary piano textures and harmonies surrounded by leaden orchestral writing) with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra this weekend. Joseph Silverstein conducts. Recital Hall, Third and Union, 206-343-0445. $25-$35 (17 and under free w/adult). 8 p.m. Sat. April 9, 2:30 p.m. Sun. Benaroya April 10. GAVIN BORCHERT

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