Aono Jikken Ensemble, American String Project

Aono Jikken Ensemble

In her own work, choreographer and dancer Yoko Murao has explored both traditional forms of Japanese dance and contemporary performance practices, which should make her a logical contributor to this many-layered event. The nominal subject is the life of female journalist and activist Suga Kanno (Naho Shioya, pictured), who was executed in 1911 for plotting to assassinate the Emperor, but the work extends both back to the mythology of the gods and forward to the multi-media practices of today. Murao's breadth of experience should act as a bridge between it all. Theater Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., 1-800-838-3006. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs. June 9-Sun. June 12. SANDRA KURTZ

American String Project

For the fourth summer in a row, UW bassist Barry Lieberman is gathering fifteen string players from all over the country into an all-star conductor-less chamber orchestra for a three-concert mini-festival. Lieberman's own arrangements of string quartets and quintets anchor the programs—played by a larger string section, the music gains in richness and oomph and loses nothing in intimacy or spontaneous give-and-take. The menu includes Bach, Peteris Vasks, and Brahms on Thursday; Mendelssohn, Bizet, and Schumann on Friday; and Mendelssohn, Bizet, and Brahms again on Sunday. Benaroya Recital Hall, Third and Union, 206-292-ARTS. $14-$26. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. June 9-Fri. June 10; 2 p.m. Sun. June 12. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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