Danza Floricanto, Marin Alsop

Danza Floricanto/USA

Mexican immigrants to the U.S. have brought many different parts of their culture with them over the years, including the special combination of music, dancing, and general hubbub that is fandango. Part performance and part festival, fandango is a melding of the theater and the village square. Danza Floricanto, the oldest authentic Mexican dance company in Los Angeles, presents a celebration of its heritage in Fandango Without Borders, reflecting the history and culture of the Veracruz region. Meany Theater, University of Washington, 206-543-4880. 420-430. 8 p.m. Fri. April 22-Sat. April 23. SANDRA KURTZ

Marin Alsop

Though the field of orchestral conducting is still far from achieving gender parity, for me the most notable fact about Alsop is not that she's one of the most prominent female conductors of our time, but that she's a friend to new music. A star for the Naxos label, she's recorded music from Brahms to Bartok to Glass and Adams, and she's chosen Tibetan Swing by former SSO composer-in-residence Bright Sheng to open this weekend's Seattle Symphony concerts. Cellist Truls Mork, known for his grand, incisive, heartfelt playing, joins them for Dvorak's Concerto. Benaroya Hall, Third and Union, 206-215-4747. $15-$85. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. April 21; 8 p.m. Sat. April 23; and 2 p.m. Sun. April 24 (no Sheng). GAVIN BORCHERT

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