Life and Death: Composed and Improvised Music

Music this week: strange, and not so strange at all.

 Send classical listings two weeks in advance to 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, $36. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.Naby Camara Traditional West African music from this master of the balafon (African xylophone) and his quartet. City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., 684-7171, Free. Noon, Thurs. Feb. 1.Wayne Horvitz/Gravitas Quartet The polystylistic pianist is joined by trumpet, bassoon, and cello for composed and improvised music. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St., 325-6500, Noon, Thurs. Feb. 1 (free), 8 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2 ($7.50-$15).Seattle Symphony Aaron Jay Kernis' Newly Drawn Sky opens the show, followed by Kodaly's Hary Janos suite and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 with André Watts. Gerard Schwarz conducts. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, $15-$89. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3, 2 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4 (no Kernis).Simple Measures SEE THE WIRE, SUNDAY.TARAB & Dale Lloyd Ambient/electroacoustic music based on field recordings. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 789-1939. $5-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1. Choral Arts Life and death explored in a concert entitled "From Mourning to Joy," led by Patrick Dupré Quigley. Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., 877-404-2269, $14-$20. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Masters of Scottish Arts The annual showcase for Caledonian music and dance. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 292-ARTS, $23-$32. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Guardian Ear/Tom's String Thing Improv for oboe/cello/percussion/guitar quartet and for string trio. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 719-5385. $5-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2. Northwest Chopin Competition Saturday's competition, free and open to the public, will be followed by Sunday's winners' recital. Sherman Clay Showroom, 1624 Fourth Ave. 9 a.m. Sat. Feb. 3, 5 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4 ($10). Thalia Symphony Favorites by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and others. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., 281-2048. $10-$15. 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Emerald City Ringers Music from Bach to Andrew Lloyd Webber at the debut concert by this new handbell choir. Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave. S., Des Moines, Suggested donation $10. 7 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Ahn Trio Reconfiguring the standard concert format as an extended mix of shorter pieces, this Korean three-sister piano trio plays music by Michael Nyman, Chick Corea, the Doors, and others. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds, 425-275-9595, $26-$30. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Sacred Fire Choir Celebrating their new CD, Ignite. Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 367-3840. $18. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Northwest Symphony Orchestra Their annual Valentine's concert includes music by Copland, Ravel, and local composer Huntley Beyer. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien, 292-ARTS, $10-$13. 8 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Baroque Opera Preview An introduction to an arcane art form, and a taste of the Early Music Guild's upcoming production of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea (Feb. 9-17). Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 325-7066, $5-$10. 1 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Philharmonia Northwest David Lamb's Song and Dance is the new piece on the program, alongside Irving Fine's slightly less new Diversions and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Roupen Shakarian conducts, with horn soloist Mark Robbins. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., 206-675-9727, $12-$18. 2:30 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers Oregon composer Bryan Johanson's guitar concerto The Underdog gets its premiere with soloist Michael Partington; George Shangrow also conducts music by Handel, Haydn, and Vivaldi. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., 800-838-3006,, 682-5208, $10-$20. 3 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Floyd Standifer Group A tribute to the trumpeter, who died Jan. 22, as part of the Seattle Jazz Vespers series, every first Sunday at Seattle First Baptist Church, Harvard Avenue and Seneca Street, 325-6051, Free. 6 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Seattle Symphony The Triple Door is collaborating with the Seattle Symphony on a chamber-music series. Headlining this time is violist Wesley Dyring and colleagues. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, $15-$20. 7 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.St. Olaf College Band All the way from Northfield, Minnesota, where they know from bands. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 292-ARTS, $10-$24. 7:30 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Joseph Adam Organ music from several centuries. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, $21-$30. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Pepe Romero Music from his homeland from this Spanish guitarist. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, $22-$73. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.

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