With the weather by turns lovely and lousy, it certainly feels like spring on the UW campus and there are many arts events to enjoy. The School of Music presents visiting artists, student recitals and Saxophone Night.
Plus, an exhibit at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, the Chunky Move dance troupe and the Undergraduate Theater Society continues its production of “Mr. Marmalade.”
Oh, and save some time next weekend, because the UW continues its 150th anniversary with a wealth of activities called HuskyFest 2012, April 19-21.
Brechemin Piano Series, 7:30 p.m. April 12. School of Music students will perform works for piano in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Chunky Move dance troupe: “Connected,” 8 p.m. April 12-14. Founded in 1995, this Australian dance troupe has earned a reputation for producing a distinct yet unpredictable brand of genre-defying performance. The company seeks to redefine contemporary dance within an ever-evolving Australian culture. In “Connected,” the work the company will perform at Meany Hall, Chunky Move teams up with California artist Reuben Margolin. The result is an animation of both body and machine. Presented by the UW World Series. Tickets are $20-$39, by phone at 206-543-4880, online or at the UW Arts Ticket Office.
Ethnomusicology visiting artist recital, 7:30 p.m., April 13. Visiting Artist Ade Suparman, instrumentalist and composer of Sundanese music, will perform music of West Java, Indonesia. Tickets are $15, cash or check at the door.
“Mr. Marmalade,” Undergraduate Theater Society, 7:30 p.m. April 12-15. He’s a violent, conniving, addicted character — but he’s an imaginary creation from the mind of a 4-year-old girl. In this black comedy directed by Mary Hubert, a girl navigates friends both real and imagined as she goes through the hilarious and traumatic experience of growing up. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote of the play, “With imaginary friends like Mr. Marmalade, the creepy title character in a new play by Noah Haidle, what 4-year-old needs enemies?” Hutchinson Cabaret Theater. Tickets are $5-$10.
Photomedia BFA exhibit, through April 21. Spring quarter is a busy time at the School of Art because of all the graduation shows. Just now, students the Photomedia BFA Program are showing their work in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Check the schools full events calendar online.
Solaris Vocal Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 14. The School of Music presents the debut performance of the Solaris Vocal Ensemble, a new contemporary choral group founded by assistant professor Giselle Wyers with support from the UW Royalty Research Fund. The group will perform world premieres of newly commissioned works by noted American composers Meredith Monk, Anne Le Baron, Ingram Marshall, and Frances White. At Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, in Kenmore. Tickets are $10-$15, 206-685-8384.
Student recital: Colleen McElroy, flute, 7:30 p.m. April 16. A junior recital in Brechemin Auditorium. No charge.
Emerson String Quartet, 8 p.m. April 16. The quartet has been anchoring the International Chamber Music Series since 1988 when it made its Seattle debut on the Meany stage where they return this week. The New Yorker wrote, “The four minds play upon each other, and upon the work, in perfect harmony.” Tickets are $36.
Saxophone Night, 7:30 p.m. April 18. Students of Michael Brockman will perform classical works from the French conservatory tradition, modern works for saxophone and electronic accompaniment, and jazz in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.