The School of Music leads this crowded week in UW arts with several events, from baroque to modern, percussion to a combined band concert, plus a display of musical instruments from the Ethnomusicology Program, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Also, Taiko drummers visit, the Henry Art Gallery has its annual gala and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture holds its popular annual Artifact ID Day — you know, for that thing you found in the garden.
Modern Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7. A new School of Music student ensemble performs its debut concert, a program of works by Xenakis, Sciarrino, Hosokawa, and Grisey. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
“Hammer Jazz”: Marc Seales and Tom Collier, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8. Collier, director of Percussion Studies, joins pianist Seales for a program of original compositions and unique arrangements of jazz standards. Part of the ongoing Mallethead Series, featuring original compositions and arrangements of music for vibraphone and other instruments. Meany Studio Theater. Tickets are $12-$20. 206-543-4880.
Baroque Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8. School of Music students perform music by Handel, Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, and Buxtehude in Brechemin Auditorium. $5, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Burke Museum’s Artifact ID Day, 1-3:30 p.m., Feb. 9. The museum hosts its popular day where its experts identify objects brought in by the public. Now in its 28th year. There’s a limit of three objects each, and no actual appraisals will be given. Free with museum admission. Learn more online.
2012 Henry Art Gallery Gala, 6 p.m., Feb. 9. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, and Northwest artist Jeffrey Mitchell has transformed the museum for the occasion. Tickets available online. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-221-3244.
Art exhibit: “Chamber Music,” Feb. 9 – May 5. Jamie Walker, professor of art, and Michael Van Horn of the Photomedia program are among 36 artists contributing to a new work based on a book of poetry by James Joyce at the Frye Art Museum. Learn more online.
Kodo, 8 p.m., Feb. 9; 2 p.m., Feb. 10. Taiko drumming pioneers from Japan perform in Meany Hall as part of their One Earth Tour 2013. Press notes state, “Although the company plays a variety of instruments, it’s their massive drums weighing as much as 900 pounds that mesmerize the audience. Seeing Kodo is an unforgettable experience.” Tickets $41-$45 ($20 for students). Presented in Meany Hall by the UW World Series.
Galeet Dardashti in conversation with Jessika Kenney, 7 p.m., Feb. 10. Dardashti is the granddaughter of Yona Dardashti, renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran, and daughter of esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti. A Middle Eastern vocalist and composer, she is the first woman in her family to continue the tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. This interview, in Brechemin Auditorium, is the second of three events in the New Voices in World Jewish Music series. Kenney is a vocalist and composer. Free but registration is requested.
Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12. Co-directed by Tom Collier and Andrew Angell, the ensemble will perform new and standard works for percussion. Featured standards will include Paul Creston’s “Ceremonial, Opus 103 for Percussion Ensemble and Piano” and “Double Music for Percussion Quartet” jointly composed by 20th century icons John Cage and Lou Harrison. New works on the program include those by Andy Harnsberger and Christopher Rouse. Meany Hall. Tickets $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
Symphonic, concert and campus Bands, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14. The bands combine for an evening of music for wind band ensembles. The program features works by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, Gordon Jacob and Steven Bryant. Meany Hall. Tickets $10-$15, 206-543-4880.
Musical Instruments from the Ethnomusicology Collection, through Feb. 21. UW Libraries commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Ethnomusicology Program with a display in the Allen Library lobby. On display are samples of the program’s collection of more than 400 instruments reflecting musical traditions from Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas, and more. Also, musician photographs and a video sampler. Learn more online.
Winter Interdisciplinary Arts Social, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 13. Join Interdisciplinary Visual Arts students for a t-shirt screen printing party in Room 204 of the Art Building. No experience necessary, but bring something on which to print. Refreshments will be provided.
Lecture: Oscar Tuazon, 7 p.m., Feb. 14. The fifth lecture in the free Critical Issues in Contemporary Art series in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium. Tuazon, born in Seattle, now lives in Paris.
Student art exhibit, “Phillip Carpenter: Six Portraits.” An exhibit of photographs by second-year Master’s of Fine Art student Phillip Carpenter, curated by art history doctoral student Lauren Palmor, in a Pioneer Square pop-up gallery, 117 Main St. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 7, at the gallery.
Helen O’Toole exhibit, through March 2. A solo show of recent work by the associate professor of painting and drawing at the Linda Hodges Gallery. Reception is 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7, at the gallery.
Next week: McCabe and Larionoff, together again.