The School of Drama leads this busy week in UW arts events with the opening of its new show, “Pentecost.” Also, Robin McCabe and Maria Larionoff kick off their Beethoven Project with sonatas for violin and piano and the dance company Black Grace visits campus. You don’t need a presidential address to know that the state of UW arts is strong.
Exhibit: “Sean Scully, Passages,” Feb. 16 – June 2. A pairing of the British artist’s photographic portfolio and large-scale oil painting to, as press notes state, “examine and expose the rich dialogue between the two mediums in the artist’s oeuvre.” In the Henry Art Gallery’s North Galleries. Learn more online.
Strange Coupling Art Auction, 6 p.m., Feb. 16. The group, formed in 2002, seeks connections between local artists and UW students. Learn more about this off-campus event online.
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.
McCabe/Larionoff Duo, The Beethoven Project, 2 p.m., Feb. 17. Two musicians — McCabe on piano and Larionoff on violin — begin their traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with a duo recital of Sonata Nos. 1, 8, 4, and 5. Commentary is provided by UW Beethoven scholar Stephen Rumph. Part of the Barry Lieberman and Friends series, in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets $15, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Play: “Pentecost,” Feb. 20 – March 3. The School of Drama presents a play by David Edgar, directed by Andrew McGinn, about a mysterious church fresco discovered in a Balkan country that may rewrite the history of art. In the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. Watch a video about the show. Tickets are $10-$18.
Black Grace dance company, 8 p.m., Feb. 21-23. New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company has earned acclaim for its unique fusion of Pacific Islander and contemporary dance.The performance features the Seattle premiere of a new piece titled “Vaka.” In Meany Hall. Tickets $41-$45, online, by phone or in person at the UW Arts Ticket Office.
School of Art lectures, Feb. 21. Alum Zac Bedell will discuss his transition from school to work at Webtrends at 6:30 p.m. in Room 236 of the Art Building.
Sam Levitt, a New York-based artist, will discuss his art at 7:30 p.m. in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium, the sixth lecture in the Critical Issues in Contemporary Art series.