Big names in music from campus and beyond lead a crazy-busy week in UW Arts that also features new art exhibits, undergraduate theater and the annual Halloween Organ Concert on the famous — and occasionally spooky — Littlefield Organ.
Also, the Henry Art Gallery has its open house and Kathy Mattea and La Catrina Quartet will visit and perform, as will faculty pianist Robin McCabe and the University Symphony.
Your conductors for the week will be Timothy Salzman, Erin Bodnar, Dan McDonald and Jiannan Cheng for the Wind Ensemble Chamber Concert and Jonathan Pasternack with the symphony. Take a bow, maestros!
“Site-specific” dance performance, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., Oct. 25. The second of two events where the UW Dance program delves into the world of site-specific dance. Following an Oct. 22 lecture is this free performance by Jennifer Salk, associate professor of dance, titled “Hello!?” in Gould Hall.
“Five Flights,” Undergraduate Theater Society, through Oct. 28. A comedy by Canadian playwright Adam Bock performed in Hutchinson Hall’s Cabaret Theater. Tickets are $5-$10.
University Symphony with Robin McCabe, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25. Jonathan Pasternack conducts the University Symphony in a program of works by Gubaidulina, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich, featuring School of Music faculty member and pianist Robin McCabe. Meany Hall. Tickets are $10-$15.
Exhibit: “Face and Place: UW MFA Drawing + Painting Summer Works,” Oct. 26 through Nov. 1. Showing art by second-year graduate students Carly Cummings, Margarita Melniciuc, Travis David Smith, Marcus Watson and Ryan Weatherly. Sandpoint Gallery, reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26.
Littlefield Organ Series: Halloween Organ Concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Students of Carole Terry, School of Music professor of organ and harpsichord, perform spooky organ classics — including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor — on the UW’s Littlefield Organ in Kane Hall’s Walker-Ames Room. Tickets are $15, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Kathy Mattea, 8 p.m. Oct. 27. From her signature ballad “Where’ve You Been” to the iconic “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” Mattea has long been known as an impeccable singer-songwriter. Her 17 albums and 30 hit singles are woven through with bluegrass, gospel and Celtic influences and have garnered multiple awards. With her new release, “Calling Me Home,” and her 2008 album “Coal,” Mattea and her band return to the rich musical heritage of her Appalachian roots. Presented in Meany Hall by the UW World Series. Tickets are $20-$38.
Exhibit: “Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell,” Oct. 27 through Jan. 27, 2013. Press notes state that for 25 years, Seattle artist Mitchell ‘s work “radiates with a charming appeal, marked by an exuberant abundance of forms, materials, and techniques … What might first appear as childlike sweetness or nostalgic sentimentality quickly gives way to complex emotional content and deeper narratives that touch upon his identity as a creative artist and gay man as well as his working class Catholic background.” In the Henry’s North Galleries.
Wind Ensemble Chamber Concert: “Occidental Octagons,” 1:30 p.m., Oct. 28. Members of the ensemble perform works by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Bourgeois in Brechemin Auditorium. Timothy Salzman and Erin Bodnar conduct. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Lecture by Douglas Kahn, 5 p.m. Oct. 30. Kahn, professor and Australian Research Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales, will present a free lecture titled “Conceptualism and Energy” in 121 Raitt Hall.
“Beyond the Uncanny Valley,” lecture by Andrew Tsao, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Head of the School of Drama’s undergraduate program, Tsao gives the final lecture in the school’s series “Why Live: The Value of Live Performance in a Digital Age” at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. Tickets are $10. Tsao is a stage and screen director whose work ranges from network prime-time comedies such as “Home Improvement” to Shakespeare and cutting-edge original performances. Learn more at the School of Drama website.
La Catrina Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30. Counted among the most dynamic young string quartets today, the quartet’s unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proved enormously engaging for audiences. The quartet performs the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, while promoting Mexican, Latin American and new music worldwide. Presented in Meany Hall by the UW World Series. Tickets $20-$35.
Faculty Recital: Dainius Vaicekonis, piano, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The School of Music’s newest keyboard faculty member, an artist in residence, performs works by Berg, Debussy, Schubert, Scriabin, Kutavičius and Ligeti in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $15, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Next week: Violist Melia Watras performs with former teacher Atar Arad.