Cornish Dance Theater, The Esoterics

Cornish Dance Theater

Forget the "student" label—this is as far from the stereotyped dance recital as you can get. Cornish trains dancers by giving them some of the most sophisticated and challenging work in the art form, and this program follows that practice: the humanitarian grandeur of Josè Limón's Suite from Choreographic Offering; the snarky humor of Gerard Thèorêt's The Regional Balkan Touring Dance Ensemble IV; a piece by Peter Kyle based on a binary star system; and Love, by the eternally kinetic Wade Madsen (whose upcoming Earth is pictured here with Cornish grad Ben Maestas). Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave., 206-726-5011. $4-$8. 8 p.m. Fri. April 15-Sat. April 16. Also 2 p.m. Sat. April 16. SANDRA KURTZ

The Esoterics

This season, this ever adventurous a cappella choir explores Asian religions: Taoism, Islam, Buddhism, and, first up, Hinduism. Alongside music of Asian composers like Vanraj Bhatia (Six Hymns, based on the Rig Veda, receiving its American premiere), the group will perform commissioned settings of Hindu texts by local composers Roger Nelson and Diane Thome. Eric Banks, just back from a month's study of choral music in India, conducts. St. Joseph's Church, 732 18th Ave. E., 8 p.m. Sat. April 16. Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd Ave. N.W., 3 p.m. Sun. April 17. $15-$20. 206-935-7779. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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