March 7, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, opera, drama — and dinosaurs

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Dino Day at the Burke Museum

Lora Shinn

The Burke Museum’s annual Dino Day will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10, at the museum. Here, young visitors to a previous Dino Day check out the cool stuff.

There’s a whole lot of music on campus this week: jazz, baroque, choral, wind ensemble, chamber singers and more. Plus, undergraduates continue their run of “Cyrano” and the Burke Museum holds Dino Day, a family-friendly event 65 million years in the making.

Tafelmusik, 7:30 p.m., March 7. This Canadian orchestra that uses period instruments has been lauded by Gramophone magazine as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras.” The group will perform “House of Dreams,” a multimedia journey to the meeting places of baroque art, music and architecture — five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Marais were played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. In Meany Hall. Pre-performance lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the west lobby. Regular tickets $37-$41, faculty and staff $35-$39. A free youth ticket is included with every purchase of a regular ticket. Presented by the UW World Series.

the play CyranoUndergraduate Theater Society: “Cyrano,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28 – Mar. 10. Cyrano de Bergerac’s larger-than-life personality is matched only by his even-larger nose, performed in verse. In the Hutchinson Hall Cabaret Theatre. Directed by UW senior Ben Phillips. Tickets $5-$10.

School of Art faculty candidate lecture, 4:30 p.m., March 7. A finalist for the Japanese art faculty position in the art history division meets the public in Room 003 of the Art Building.

Dino Day, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., March 10. Discover the secret life of dinosaurs at this family-friendly event at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Learn how paleontologists know what dinosaurs looked like, how they lived, and what they ate. Plus, hands-on activities, including uncovering a fossil ichthyosaur in the Dino Dig Pit. Included with museum admission, free for members. Learn more online.

UW Symphonic Band Chamber Concert, 1:30 p.m., March 10. Members of the band perform chamber arrangements of works by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Percy Grainger, Igor Stravinsky and others. Program also includes the world premiere of “…and the rage begets the rain” by UW composition student Kim Rivera. In Brechemin Auditorium, $5 cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.

Opera_posterUW Opera Theater, 7:30 p.m., March 8; 2 p.m., March 10. Under the direction of Thomas Harper, UW associate professor of music, the company performs Mozart’s comic chamber opera “Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario),” plus scenes from “Carmen,” “Fidelio,” “La Forza del Destino,” “Così fan Tutte” and “Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor).” In the Meany Studio Theater. Tickets $10-$15. Learn more online about the March 8 and March 10 performances.

Studio Jazz Ensemble and Modern Band, 7:30 p.m., March 11. The ensemble will perform big band arrangements and repertory selections, including works by Edgar Sampson, Mark Taylor, Cole Porter and Don Menza. The band will perform innovative arrangements of jazz standards, selections from the outer limits of the genre and new original compositions. In Meany Hall. Tickets $10-$15. 206-543-4880.

UW Wind Ensemble performs March 12 in Meany Hall.

Joanne DePue

The UW Wind Ensemble will perform March 12 in Meany Hall, in advance of its March 22-April 2 concert tour in Beijing.

UW Wind Ensemble China Tour Preview Concert, 7:30 p.m., March 12. The group will perform works prepared for its March 22-April 2, 2013, concert tour to Beijing. Selections will include works by Kevin Puts, John Mackey, David Gillingham, David Maslanka and Bruce Broughton. Soloists include David Gordon, Seattle Symphony principal trumpet and School of Music faculty artist; and graduate students Danny Helseth and Jon Hansen. In Meany Hall. Tickets $10-$15. 206-543-4880.

University Chorale and Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m., March 13. The two groups will present their winter quarter concert in Meany Hall, titled “Sweet, Sour, Salty, and Bitter: Music for the Flavors of Our Lives.” The concert includes an array of choral works ranging from new arrangements of traditional folk songs to pop arrangements and a work by J.S. Bach. Tickets $10-$15. 206-543-4880.  

New Voices in World Jewish Music: Guy Mendilow Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., March 14. The series concludes with this award-winning ensemble that advance notes state “beathes new life into centuries-old Sephardi songs — epic tales of sailors and love lost to the seas, fantastic dreams and the intrigue of kings and queens abound in arrangements that crackle with rich musical storytelling.” At the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle WA 98103. Tickets $10-$15. 206-543-0138

Journeys Ashore: South Asian Immigrants in the Pacific Northwest, through March 31. An exhibit in the Allen Library exploring the various routes that brought South Asians to the Pacific Northwest through photographs and oral histories, from the 1890s through the Second World War.

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