48 Voices Sing Lush Vocal Tone-Poems

Classical (and hard to classify) music happenings this week.

Send classical listings two weeks in advance to classical@seattleweekly.com. Concerts & EventsUW Choirs "Songs of Life and Love" includes music by Palestrina, Whitacre, and others. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880, www.music.washington.edu. $10. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29. UW Jazz Ensembles Music by Miles Davis and Pat Metheny, plus originals and arrangements by students. Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, 206-685-8384, www.music.washington.edu. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29-Thurs. Nov. 30. Music for Lunch Pianist Christopher Bowlby performs music by Messiaen on this free weekly lunchtime recital series at Sherman Clay Showroom, 1624 Fourth Ave., 206-622-7580. Free. 12:15 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 30.Seattle Symphony Bramwell Tovey conducts music for the dance by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Weber. (Saturday morning is a family concert, $15–$20.) Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $15-$64. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 30, 1 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1, 11 a.m. Sat. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.Amy Denio This vocalist/accordion player is joined for improv by Francoise Houle, Ben Thomas, and Jeff Norwood. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 206-322-1533, www.gallery1412.org. $5-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 30. Cello Mania Bainbridge's own cello ensemble. Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. N.E., Bainbridge Island, 206-842-2306. $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.UW Composers Workshop New acoustic and electroacoustic works. Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, 206-685-8384, www.music.washington.edu. $5. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.Seattle Composers Salon Seattle's new-music open-mike night, curated by Tom Baker. Benaroya Hall, Soundbridge, Second Avenue and Union Street, 206-548-0981, www.composersalon.com. $5 donation. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.Sea Songs A choral celebration of maritime traditions around the world. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. Free. 1 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2. Susan Chan Contemporary piano music by Asian woman composers. Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, 206-685-8384, www.music.washington.edu. $10. 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2.Jazz Cabaret With refreshments and dancing. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-323-0300, www.saintmarks.org. $25. 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2.UW Vocal Jazz Ensembles Directed by Dave Cross. Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, 206-685-8384, www.music.washington.edu. $5. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2.Jesse Canterbury An improv quartet with Tari Nelson-Zagar, Greg Sinibaldi, and Tom Swafford. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 206-322-1533, www.gallery1412.org. $5-$15. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2. Shantala Indian music and participatory devotional singing, led by this duo. Planet Earth Yoga Center, 418 N. 35th St., 206-499-8255. $15. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2.Tallis Scholars Two different programs (mostly English on Sat., mostly Italian on Sun.) from one of the world's most acclaimed choirs. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-7066, www.earlymusicguild.org. $20-$38. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2-Sun. Dec. 3. Seattle Youth Symphony Their four training orchestras, with kids age 7–18, perform. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-362-2300, www.syso.org. $8-$12. 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.David DiFiore Organ music by Bach and Franck, with appearances by the Rainbow City Band and Rain City Women's Chorus. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., 206-282-5471. Suggested donation $5-$10. 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.The Esoterics They'll expand to 48 voices to sing lush vocal tone-poems by Berg, Britten, Mahler, Strauss, and others. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina, 206-935-7779, www.theesoterics.org. $10-$20. 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.Hildman Strings Seattle's community string orchestra plays music by Foote, Handel, and others. Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., 206-526-8443, www.mcnw.org. Suggested donation $10-$15. 4 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.The Katatonics This klezmer group performs as part of the Seattle Jazz Vespers series, every first Sunday at Seattle First Baptist Church, Harvard Avenue and Seneca Street, 206-325-6051, www.seattlejazzvespers.org. Free. 6 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.U2charist SEE THE WIRE. The band's music and lyrics are the heart of a special worship service. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina. Freewill offering. 6 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.Tuning the Air Improv, original music, and arrangements played each Monday by a 10-piece guitar orchestra. Seattle Circle Performance Space, Trinity Church Annex, 6512 23rd Ave. N.W., Room 329. 206-789-8481, www.tuningtheair.com. Free. 8 p.m. Mon. Dec. 4.UW Gospel Choir Over 100 strong, led by Phyllis Birdwell. Room 130, Kane Hall, UW campus, 206-685-8384, www.music.washington.edu. $5. 7 p.m. Tues. Dec. 5.UW Percussion Ensemble Music by Beethoven (the "Pathetique" for marimbas), Lou Harrison, and others. Meany Studio Theater, UW campus, 206-543-4880, www.music.washington.edu. $10. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 5.Pacifica Quartet SEE THE WIRE. Quartets by Mendelssohn and Smetana, plus Dutilleux's Ainsi la nuit. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880. $32. 8 p.m. Tues. Dec. 5. Scores of Sound Cornish's annual music marathon, with offerings from gamelan to string quartet, African drumming to jazz vocals. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues Dec. 5-Wed. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8.Holiday ConcertsMedieval Women's Choir City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., 206-684-7171, www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents. Free. Noon, Fri. Dec. 1.Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition SEE THE WIRE. Over 40 teams vie. Westlake Center, 206-728-2773. Free. 6 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.BCC Choirs Including Ariel Ramirez' Misa criolla. First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-454-3082. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.Seattle University Choirs St. Joseph's Church, 732 18th Ave. E., 206-296-6428. $7-$30. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.Celtic Holiday Concert Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 N.E. Juanita Dr., Kenmore, 425-602-3272, www.bastyr.edu. $12-$15. 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2.Northwest Chamber Chorus Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2. Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9. $14-$20. 206-523-1196, www.northwestchamberchorus.org.Master Chorus Eastside A Christmas Carol, in readings and song. Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish. $9-$18. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425-893-9900, www.kpcenter.org. $15-$20. 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3. 425-392-8446, www.masterchoruseastside.org. Northwest Chorale First Christian Reformed Church of Seattle, 14555 25th Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2. Northminster Presybterian Church, 7706 25th Ave. N.W., 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16. Freewill offering. 206-522-9853, www.nwchorale.org. Northwest Girlchoir Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. $12. 1:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3. Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers Handel's Messiah (the 1742 Dublin version). First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.osscs.org. $10-$15. 3 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3. Advent Carol Service St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Ave. E., 206-323-0300 x220, www.saintmarks.org. Free. 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.Cascade Brass Quintet St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N., 206-784-1040. Donation. 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.Opus 7 Britten's cantata St. Nicolas. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 206-782-2899, www.opus7.org. Suggested donation $20-$25. 7:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.Seattle Men's Chorus Their annual holiday extravaganza. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-388-1400, www.flyinghouse.org. Opens 8 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3. Six performances, various dates and times, through Dec. 21. Seattle Pro Musica City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., 206-684-7171, www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents. Free. Noon, Mon. Dec. 4.Joseph Adam A free lecture-demo on the Watjen Concert Organ. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. Free. 12:30 p.m. Mon. Dec. 4.UW Choirs Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-685-8384, www.music.washington.edu. $10. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Dec. 4.Seattle Symphony Holiday Musical Salute A benefit for the SSO Pension Plan. Washington State Convention & Trade Center Ballroom, 206-215-4852. $75-$1,500. 11:30 a.m. Tues. Dec. 5.OperaAmahl and the Night Visitors Menotti's musical Nativity tale. LGI Theatre, Bainbridge High School, 9330 N.E. High School Rd., Bainbridge Island, 206-842-0472, www.ovationmtb.com. $13-$18. Opens Fri. Dec. 1. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 10.

 
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