Performance Picks

Urmila Nagar and Dina Blade

Kathak virtuoso Nagar (pictured, left) is back in Seattle, this time collaborating with jazz tap dancer and singer Dina Blade (right) in a concert that explores their two specialties. Nagar is one of the leading Kathak gurus in India, while Blade's work combines the "flat foot" styles of Appalachian clogging and French-Canadian step dancing with the articulation of rhythm tap. There are obvious percussive similarities between the two, but the differences in rhythm—the long, complex phrases of one, and the distinctive swing of the other—should give both artists a challenge as they dance together. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-522-4404. $15-$20. 6:30 p.m. Sun. July 18. SANDRA KURTZ

Northwest Mahler Festival

Each of the past ten summers, local community-orchestra musicians have gathered for informal readings of big, late-romantic works that smaller ensembles don't usually get to tackle. The sessions culminate in a public concert led by Geoffrey Simon (pictured) featuring one of their patron saint's extravagant symphonies. Mahler's First, which the young composer (29 at its 1889 premiere) modestly titled Titan, is this summer's selection, on the bill with two American works: Bernstein's Candide Overture and Barber's choral cycle Prayers of Kierkegaard. Meany Hall, UW campus, 800-965-4827. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Tues. July 20. GAVIN BORCHERT

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