Stage Highlights

Strange bedfellows: Pianist Barry Douglas, Cirque du Soleil, and the breakdance crew Massive Monkees.

Massive Monkees

This is the week for fans of this break-dance crew. They're spinning in Red Square for the opening of the University of Washington's fall quarter, and then dancing at the War Room to raise money for their upcoming trip to the U.K. Championships in London. They'll be one of only eight crews, representing Seattle against all-star national teams from around the world, among them three-time champion Korea's Project Seoul. Red Square, UW campus, Free. 11:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:20 p.m. Wed. Sept. 27. Also: War Room, 725 E. Pike St., 206-328-7666, $5. 10 p.m. Wed. Oct. 4. SANDRA KURTZ

Barry Douglas

It's compare-and-contrast time at the Seattle Symphony's first regular-season subscription concerts. Irish pianist Douglas plays Rachmaninoff's sweeping Concerto No. 3 not long after Lang Lang brought that composer's Paganini Rhapsody to its knees at the SSO's Sept. 16 gala. Black Swan, Bright Sheng's orchestration of Brahms' Intermezzo in A Major, receives its premiere; hear the original piano version at Byron Schenkman's City Hall recital at noon on Thursday. And Gerard Schwarz closes the concert with Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, the "Eroica," a piece every conductor has wrestled with. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747, www.seattle $15-$89. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 28, 1 p.m. Fri. Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Sat. Sept. 30, 2 p.m. Sun. Oct. 1. GAVIN BORCHERT

Cirque de Soleil: Delirium

Call it DJ Cirque du Soleil. The famed Montreal circus troupe has taken its favorite sound scores, remixed them, added lyrics, and created a kind of acrobatic rock show that's touring North America for limited engagements. It'll stand on its head (among other things) for two nights only in Seattle. KeyArena, Seattle Center, 206-628-0888, www.cirquedu $69.75-$125.25. 8 p.m. Tues. Oct. 3-Wed. Oct. 4 only. LYNN JACOBSON

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