A Norwegian Foursome and Female Throat-Singers

Classical music (and more) this week.

 Send listings two weeks in advance to classical@seattleweekly.com.Concerts & EventsSeattle Symphony More free community concerts, with an eclectic program (Copland, Haydn, Piston, Sibelius) led by Carolyn Kuan. Langston Hughes Community Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 10 a.m. Wed. Jan. 24-Thurs. Jan. 25, also 7:35 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24. West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave. S.W., 7:35 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25. City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., noon, Fri. Jan. 26. Free. www.seattlesymphony.org.Vertavo String Quartet This Norwegian foursome plays music by Grieg (natch), Mozart, and Bartok (his Fourth Quartet, one of his toughest). Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, www.uwworldseries.org. $32. 8 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.Tyva Kyzy This female throat-singing ensemble performs as part of a panel presentation on traditional Tuvan culture at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St. Free. 6 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25, and in a full-scale concert at Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, www.uwworldseries.org. $30. 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27, and at The Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 842-8569, www.theplayhouse.org. $15-$20. 7 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28. Seattle Chamber Music Society SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.UW Symphony Four students play concerto movements (by Beethoven, Muczynski, Nielsen, and Shostakovich) with the orchestra. Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, www.music.washington.edu. $10. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25. Erwin Schulhoff Festival SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY, JAN. 18. Three concerts of boundary-pushing work by a composer persecuted and eventually murdered by the Third Reich. Friday and Sunday include chamber music; on Saturday, Peter Mack plays piano works including Schulhoff's Toccata sur le shimmy "Kitten on the Keys" de Zez Confrey. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St., 325-6500, www.ticketwindowonline.com, www.cornish.edu. $7.50-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26-Sat. Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Seattle Composers Salon Seattle's new-music open-mike night, the last Friday of every other month, curated by Tom Baker. This month, music by Chris Stover, Jay Holcomb, Richard Johnson, Don Craig, and David Mesler. Benaroya Hall, Soundbridge, Second Avenue and Union Street, 206-548-0981, www.composersalon.com. $5 donation. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26.Music of Remembrance "A Vanished World" is the latest in their chamber-music series, devoted to pre-WWII Jewish music, at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 365-7770, www.musicofremembrance.org. Free. 2:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27. Auburn Symphony Chamber Brass Music by Ewald, Gabrieli, and others. Theatre at Auburn Mountainview, 28900 124th Ave. S.E., Auburn, 253-939-8509, www.auburnsymphony.org. $12. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27. animist orchestra Some of Seattle's most adventurous musicians gather to create a listening environment—"delicate, extremely quiet, and completely spellbinding." Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 789-1939, nseq.blogspot.com. $5-$15. 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27.Gallery Concerts Two different programs of Bach, Mozart, and Schubert. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27; Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 Third Ave. W., 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28. 726-6088, www.galleryconcerts.org. $10-$25. Tom Baker Quartet This avant-jazz group celebrates the release of their CD Look What I Found. Café Solstice, 4116 University Way N.E., 234-5667, www.tombakerquartet.com. $5. 8:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27.Federal Way Symphony "The Art of Swing" features saxophonist Doug Reid. St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 515 S. 312th St., 253-529-9857, www.federalwaysymphony.org. $20-$24 (18 and under free). 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27, 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Jacques Després Piano works from the classical-romantic transition period, by Beethoven, Schumann, and Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-92). Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, 685-8384, www.music.washington.edu. $10. 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28. Christina Jennings & Nancy Andrew A two-flute recital. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St. Free. 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Musical Experiences Pianist Fred Kronacher leads an afternoon of Mozart, featuring the Piano Quartet in G Minor. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 368-9247, www.musicalexperiences.org. $12-$22. 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Roger Sherman When was the last time you heard an English horn recital? Or a program of all Dutch music? Tad Margelli (from the PNB orchestra) joins organist Sherman for just that. Thomsen Chapel, St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Ave. E., 323-0300 x296, www.saintmarks.org. Suggested donation $10. 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Seattle Youth Symphony Their new music director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe conducts music by Brahms, Chabrier, Liszt, and Prokofiev. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 362-2300, www.syso.org. $8-$35. 3 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Mostly Nordic Chamber music from Scandinavia (mostly), on five Sundays. First up, Sweden, in a performance by the Icicle Creek Piano Trio. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org. $34-$37 includes smörgåsbord. 4 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28. Joseph Adam Organ music from Scandinavia. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. Free. 12:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 29. Itzhak Perlman The still-puckish wunderkind/grand old man of the violin (take your pick) plays Franck and Schubert. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $36. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.OperaSeattle Opera Director Chris Alexander has kept the time and place purposefully vague in his sleek, chic, colorful production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, but the opera's core question remains unaffected by tinkering with the milieu: why do women fall for bad boys? As seductive-sounding baritone Mariusz Kwiecien played the preening, metrosexual Don, he's particularly bad, a borderline sociopath—somewhat undermining Marie Plette's thoughtful efforts to balance comedy and pathos as Donna Elvira, while Donna Anna (Pamela Armstrong), usually played as a fellow seducer with wiles of her own, is less interesting here as a pure victim. On the other hand, Don Ottavio (Richard Croft), one of opera's most notorious stuffed shirts, comes off as more than usually sympathetic. Ailish Tynan as Zerlina brought great charm to her folk-tune numbers; Kevin Burdette was virile and likable as her fiance Masetto; and Eduardo Chama proved a highly skilled comedian, master of both slapstick and subtleties, as Leporello. Andreas Mitisek conducts. In Italian with English supertitles. Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 389-7676, www.seattleopera.org. $43-$141. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24, Fri. Jan. 26, Sat. Jan. 27. Ends Sat. Jan. 27.

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