Next, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers

Next

Velocity has reordered its performance programs, and Next is the next new thing, a more formal showcase for some of the most interesting work being created in the Northwest. The inaugural lineup includes: Wade Madsen, with an excerpt from his upcoming show; a very pregnant Amii LeGendre; Portland artist Emily Stone with a dance/video "reaction to the color orange"; and, pictured, a new work by Ricki Mason for six women and six beanbag chairs. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., second floor, 206-325-8773. $12-15. 8 p.m. Fri. June 3- Sat. June 4. SANDRA KURTZ

Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers

As if the iconic—and a bitch to sing—Beethoven's Ninth weren't enough, OS/SCS is coupling it on this concert with Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Anyone who still thinks of Stravinsky's music as cold, dry, and unemotional (a stereotype he had a hand in promulgating, admittedly, with his arch, uncompromising anti-romantic polemics) should hear this intimately devotional 1930 masterwork. Other pieces of his may be flashier, but Stravinsky never surpassed the Symphony in orchestrational subtlety; so distinctive is his sound-world here that a favorite grad-school aural exam question is to identify the work from its quarter-second-long opening E minor chord. George Shangrow conducts. Benaroya Hall, Third and Union, 206-682-5208. $15-$35. 7 p.m. Sun. June 5. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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