April 11, 2013

Arts Roundup: Music, art — and a Western from the School of Drama

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Bill Lucia films Sylvia Kowalski as the two prepare for the School of Drama's innovative Western, "Once Upon a Time 6X in The West."

Monica Gonzalez.

Bill Lucia films Sylvia Kowalski as the two prepare for the School of Drama’s innovative Western, “Once Upon a Time 6X in The West.”

There’s a lot to see on campus just now, from art exhibits to lectures and several events from the UW School of Music and UW World Series. Also, the School of Drama wrangles the Western genre and comes up with a six-part, ensemble-created show.

Lecture: Artist Buster Simpson, 6:30 p.m., April 11. The Seattle artist discusses his work in Room 003 of the Art Building. Free, held in conjunction with Art 590, taught by Scott Lawrimore, a deputy director of the Frye Art Museum.

Global Health and the Arts Community Café, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., April 15. Join an informal gathering in the Parnassus Café associated with the April 20 Global Health and the Arts Symposium. Both events are free and open to anyone with an interest in the arts and global health. The event will include performances and conversation.

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts exhibit, April 16-26. A graduation exhibition in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery for honors students receiving Bachelor of Art degrees from the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Program and others who have graduated during the year. Gallery hours are normally noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Reception 4-7 p.m., April 16.

Craig Sheppard will play pieces by Claude Debussy on April 16 in Meany Hall.

Joanne DePue

Craig Sheppard will play pieces by Claude Debussy on April 16 in Meany Hall.

Faculty Recital: Sheppard plays Debussy, 7:30 p.m., April 16. Craig Sheppard, professor of piano, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy with a performance of “Estampes,” “Images, Books I and II,” and the Twelve Etudes in an evening of music titled “Reflections in the Water.” In Meany Hall. Tickets are $12-$20. 206-543-4880.

Play: “Once Upon a Time 6X in the West,” 7:30 p.m., April 17-28. Director Jeffrey Fracé views The Western through a series of theatrical lenses iconic in their own right, all created by the ensemble of actors. The play is divided into six sections, each devoted to a theater director. Advance notes say, “The ensemble delves below the surface of every ‘style’ to uncover the director’s process.” Presented by the School of Drama in the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. 2 p.m. matinees April 21 and 28. Tickets are $10-$20.

Saxophone Night, 7:30 p.m., April 17. Students of Michael Brockman perform in ensembles and as soloists, presenting classical works from the French conservatory tradition, modern works for saxophone, and jazz. In Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets $5, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.

The Tokyo String Quartet will perform in Meany Hall on April 17.

Marco Borggreve

The Tokyo String Quartet will play Meany Hall on April 17.

Tokyo String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., April 17. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, this group has built a comprehensive catalog of critically-acclaimed recordings. This will be the quartet’s final UW performance, as two members are retiring. Meany Hall. Tickets are $34-$38 ($20 for students). Purchase online, by phone at 206-543-4880 or at the UW Arts Ticket Office. Presented by the UW World Series, which offers up to two free youth tickets with the purchase of any regular price ticket.

Music of Today: Modern Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., April 18. This School of Music student ensemble — also known as Inverted Space — performs a program of works by Elliott Carter, Tristan Murail, Giacinto Scelsi and Arnold Schoenberg in Meany Hall. Tickets $12-$20. 206-543-4880.

Next week: A musical journey with Grammy-winner Lila Downs.