Cornish Dance Theater, Northwest Sinfonietta

Cornish Dance Theater

Some of the best dancers in town have come from this program, which would itself be enough to recommend it. But—alongside new work by guests Sonia Dawkins and KT Niehoff, and fellow Cornish faculty Pat Hon—Deborah Wolf has restaged her "Blue Decorum," which stunned audiences at the recent Men In Dance Festival. This ensemble piece is both intensely powerful and deeply musical, a difficult combination that's very satisfying to watch. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave., 206-325-6500. $4-$8. 8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 19-Sat. Nov. 20. Also 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 20. SANDRA KURTZ

Northwest Sinfonietta

OK, I promise not to complain for a while about conservative programming— conductors Christophe Chagnard (pictured) and Roupen Shakarian have dug deep into the history books for concerts with their respective orchestras. Jan Vorisek, an acquaintance of Beethoven and Schubert, might be better known had he not died at age 34; his only symphony is a bold, forward-looking work. Chagnard conducts it alongside music by Dvorak and Chopin. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth, 888-356-6040. $13-$18. 8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 19. One of the 19th century's one-hit wonders, Emil von Reznicek's name survives only as the composer of the bubbling overture to his opera Donna Diana. Still, he's one up on the more obscure Zdenek Fibich, whose Third Symphony (1898) concludes Philharmonia Northwest's concert. In between, Shakarian conducts Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., 206-675-9727. $10-$15. 2:30 p.m. Sun. Nov. 21. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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