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Spring Arts Guide
Stephen Lynch, The Wedding Singer
Visionary architect, Maya Lin
Clown prince, Hacki Ginda
The grand Dame Edna
Legendary sleuth, Arthur Conan Doyle
Raunchy comic, Dave Chappelle
27 RADU LUPU Idiosyncratic pianist plays Schumann and Schubert. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org.
28 GALLERY CONCERTS Bach flute sonatas with Janet See. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-726-6088, www.galleryconcerts.org. Also Jan. 29 at Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 Third Ave. W.
1 SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY WINTER FESTIVAL Four concerts, three solo recitals, and more, all in one extended weekend. Benaroya Recital Hall, 200 University St., 206-283-8808, www.seattlechambermusic.org. Ends Feb. 5.
3 masters of scottish arts Bagpipers, fiddlers, and Highland dancers bring their popular annual tour to Seattle. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-292-ARTS, www.ticketmaster.com.
8 SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL In its 21st year, it's the longest-running such event in North America. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave. E., 206-324-0671, www.seattleimprovisedmusic.com. Ends Feb. 12.
12 KAREN BENTLEY POLLICK/IVAN SOKOLOV New music for violin and piano, part of the Washington Composers Forum's "Transport" series. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-985-7003, www.conworks.org.
17 NORTHWEST SINFONIETTA Music by Mozart and his (justly?) maligned rival Salieri. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 253-284-9400, www.nwsinfonietta.org.
17 SEATTLE CHAMBER PLAYERS A follow-up to their 2004 exploration of new music from the Baltic, Icebreaker III goes even further afield: to the Caucasus, with music from Azerbaijan (a premiere from Franghiz Ali-Zadeh), Turkey, and Iran (getting the four visiting composers over here has been a logistical and diplomatic ordeal). Benaroya Recital Hall, 200 University St., 206-286-5052, www.seattlechamberplayers.org. Ends Feb. 19.
18 OPUS 7 Choral music celebrating the approach of spring. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 206-782-2899, www.opus7.org.
25 SEATTLE CHORAL COMPANY Music by African Americans, including highlights from Scott Joplin's adorable opera Treemonisha. A rural community of freed slaves looks to a young woman to lead them from superstition to education—a plotline even more progressive in feminist terms than in racial ones. Plus, the ragtime choruses and dances are ravishing. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-365-8765, www.seattlechoralcompany.org. Ends Feb. 26.
25 SEATTLE OPERA Mozart's Così fan tutte, the opera that asks the question, "Can women be trusted?"—and which asserts flat-out that men can't be. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 206-389-7676, www.seattleopera.org. Ends March 11.
3 SEATTLE PRO MUSICA Choral music from, and influenced by, the Middle East. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 206-781-2766, www.seattlepromusica.org. Ends March 4.
5 NORTHWEST CHAMBER ORCHESTRA With pianist/conductor Lorin Hollander. Benaroya Recital Hall, 200 University St., 206-343-0445, www.nwco.org.
5 SEATTLE PHILHARMONIC A miscellany from Mozart to Shchedrin. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-528-6878, www.seattlephil.com.
5 SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1, conducted by Christian Knapp. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-362-2300, www.syso.org.
5 THE ESOTERICS This a cappella chorus presents Rautavaara's haunting Vigilia. Various venues, www.theesoterics.org. Ends March 12.
11 RICHARD EGARR From this harpsichordist, Bach's Goldberg Variations. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-7066, www.earlymusicguild.org.
13 MURRAY PERAHIA One of the world's great pianists, program TBA. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880, www.uwworldseries.org.
18 MICHAEL NICOLELLA Superlative Seattle guitarist. Benaroya Recital Hall, 200 University St., 206-365-0845, www.seattleguitar.org.
26 PHILHARMONIA NORTHWEST I've been waiting a quarter-century to hear one of Josef Rheinberger's organ concertos live, and here it is. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., 206-675-9727, www.philharmonianw.org.
29 SEATTLE SYMPHONY It's hard to think of another 20th-century composer who has captured both the hearts of listeners and the attention of scholars as Shostakovich has. In his centennial year, his tormented relationship with the Soviet regime still raises tangled, heated questions about the intersection of art and politics. The SSO's Shostakovich Uncovered festival brings illustrious guest conductor Mstislav Rostropovich and the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev to explore his legacy. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. Ends April 15.
8 TUDOR CHOIR Shaker tunes and Anglo-Americana in Simple Gifts. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-323-9415, www.tudorchoir.org.
8 SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS Working hard to dispel stereotypes with a salute to Judy Garland. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 206-388-1400, www.flyinghouse.org. Ends April 9.
9 ORCHESTRA SEATTLE Verdi's thundering Requiem. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-682-5208, www.osscs.org.
14 LAKE UNION CIVIC ORCHESTRA Music by two birthday boys: Mozart and Shostakovich. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-343-LUCO, www.luco.org.
18 DAEDALUS QUARTET Bartok's Third Quartet, plus Dvorak's Quintet with Seattle pianist Byron Schenkman. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880, www.uwworldseries.org.
21 2 FOOT YARD Exploring art song/pop song boundaries with this vocal/instrumental trio. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888, www.ontheboards.org.
22 BELLEVUE PHILHARMONIC Takashi Yoshimatsu's rock-influenced orchestral suite Atom Hearts Club. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 425-455-4171, www.bellevuephil.org. Ends April 23.
22 SEATTLE BAROQUE Virtuoso Vivaldi concertos. Benaroya Recital Hall, 200 University St., 206- 322-3118, www.seattlebaroque.org. Ends April 23.
22 SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS The songs of Carole King. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-388-1400, www.flyinghouse.org. Ends April 23.
27 CRAIG SHEPPARD How do you top yourself after playing Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in one triumphant series, as Sheppard did in 2003–04? With Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, which he's offering next season. As a warm-up this spring, Sheppard will play Bach's gemlike Two- and Three-Part Inventions, studies for the WTC's contrapuntal consummation. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880, www.music.washington.edu.