Holy Trinity

An Irish dance company from Chicago visits Meany. Plus: Tudor Choir goes colonial.

Trinity Irish Dance Company

St Patrick's Day was a couple weeks ago, but we're only getting to critical Celtic mass this weekend with performances by this group. Traditional Irish dance is a study in freedom and control—with feet flying at the bottom and curls bounding on top, the middle of the body is stock still. Trinity might be based in Chicago, but they're authentic masters of that anatomical double message. Meany Theater, UW campus, 206-543-4880, www.meany.org. $30-$42. 8 p.m. Thurs. April 6-Sat. April 8. SANDRA KURTZ

Tudor Choir

Charles Ives is often cited as the first innately American composer, which may be true if you're talking about concert music; but the hymns and anthems of William Billings (1746-1800), plain, square, fervent, a bit roughhewn, couldn't possibly have come from Europe. Doug Fullington leads the Tudor Choir in a program drawing on this tradition: music by Billings and other works from colonial America; adaptations (including Copland's) of the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts"; and new settings of 19th-century poets, including a suite by composer Kevin Siegfried (pictured) on texts of Sarah Orne Jewett. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-323-9415, www.tudorchoir.org. $15-$25. 8 p.m. Sat. April 8. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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