Taking the Piano Beyond Playability

Classical - and uncategorizable - music this week.

 Send classical listings two weeks in advance to classical@seattleweekly.com.Concerts & EventsSeattle Symphony Violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo joins SSO members for three concertos each by Bach and Vivaldi. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $15-$64. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12-Sat. Jan. 13.Mackris v. O'Reilly SEE THE WIRE, FRIDAY.Seattle Symphony Carolyn Kuan conducts music by Copland, Stravinsky, and others on a "Discover Music!" family concert, with special guests the ARC Dance Company. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $15-$20. 11 a.m. Sat. Jan. 13 & 20, 10:30 a.m. Tues. Jan. 16.Children of the Revolution Energetic world music, with flamenco and salsa dance. Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 First Ave. E., Shoreline, www.cotrmusic.com. $15. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13. Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus On the bill, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Vivaldi's Gloria. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., 860-SLGC, www.slgc.org. $12-$15. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13, 3 p.m. Sat. Jan. 20.Cappella Romana This choir presents a concert titled "Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium," a smash at the Smithsonian and at L.A.'s Getty Museum. Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4139 42nd Ave. S.W., 800-992-8499, www.cappellaromana.org. $25. 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13. La Poésie Musical Baroque chamber music in two rival styles, the French and Italian. Sponsored by the Early Music Guild. Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 Third Ave. W., 325-7066, www.earlymusicguild.org. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13. Bellevue Philharmonic "A Grand Night for Singing" offers opera and musical excerpts by Bizet, Korngold, Sondheim, and others. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 325-6500, www.ticketwindow.com, www.bellevuephil.org. $10-$30. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 14. Auburn Symphony SEE THE WIRE, SUNDAY.Bainbridge Performing Arts Romantic chamber music in two rival styles, the French and German. The Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 842-8569, www.theplayhouse.org. $10. 3 p.m. Sun. Jan. 14. Studies for Player Piano The series of mind-bogglingly intricate and complex Studies by Conlon Nancarrow were composed for player piano—old-fashioned punch-card technology that took the piano beyond the realm of what can be played by humans. Sculptor/musician Trimpin has updated the machinery, building a box that fits over an ordinary piano and plays the keys with 88 computer-controlled pistons, bringing Nancarrow's sonic vision back to life. This performance also includes a filmed interview from 1998 with the composer. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org. $5-$10. 3:30 p.m. Sun. Jan. 14.OperaSeattle Opera SEE THE WIRE, SATURDAY.Met at the Movies SEE REVIEW. Another live broadcast via HD satellite broadcast from N.Y.C.'s Metropolitan Opera. It's gotten mixed reviews, but the new opera The First Emperor by Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) probably still deserves a look. Plus, Placido Domingo's taking the title role. Auburn 17 Theaters, 1110 Supermall Way, Auburn; Bella Bottega Theaters, 8890 161st Ave. N.E., Redmond. $15-$18. 10:30 a.m. Sat. Jan. 13.

 
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