The Quince Ensemble brings avant-vocal music to Cornish College on Saturday.

The Quince Ensemble brings avant-vocal music to Cornish College on Saturday.

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Classical Goes Contemporary for the Holiday Season

Just in case you are sick of all that caroling.

It’s December, and you know what that means in Seattle classical circles: tons of contemporary music—timed perfectly to attract those already weary of carols. The Chapel Performance Space is presenting three intriguing evenings in a row, par for the course for Seattle’s new-music epicenter. The chamber ensemble Inverted Space is playing an all-American program, including Kurt Weill’s “Alabama Song” (in anticipation of the Senate election, presumably) as reinvented by minimalist Morton Feldman, plus music by Fred Frith, John Luther Adams, and Lou Harrison (8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 7; invertedspaceensemble.com). Eveline Müller will collaborate with Vanessa Skantze on a sound-and-dance duo, then, with the Klang Quintet, “combin[e] acoustic, electric, and electronic worlds into beautiful, ugly, scratchy, ringy, loud, quiet, tense, and sparse soundscapes.” This will involve a performance on the “Boeing,” Müller’s ”home-built instrument … consisting of sawblades, airplane washer, school bells, and pan lids” (8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 8). And Seth Parker Woods combines solo cello with electronics and vocalizing in four works new to Seattle (8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 9). All $5–$15. Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., waywardmusic.org. Also Saturday, the Quince Ensemble (four singers: three sopranos and a mezzo), devoted to challenging and experimental vocal music, performs as part of a four-day residency, which will include master classes and composer readings. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College, 710 E. Roy St., quince-ensemble.com. $10–$20. 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 9.

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