Music and museums lead this week in the arts as Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony music director, joins the University Symphony for a special Valentine’s Day performance. Also, don’t miss The Burke Museum’s Short Takes on Dam(n) Science and the Henry Art Gallery’s ArtVENTURES — both unique events for the creatively inclined.
HITS of Sunshine
6 p.m., Feb. 14 | Henry Art Gallery
Enjoy an evening of percussion, fashion and film that will bring some light to the dark days of winter. HITS, a multimedia collaboration, will perform percussive-focused music alongside fashion designed by Heather Treadway. Local filmmakers will also present work that plays on themes of rhythm and sunshine. More info.
University Symphony with Ludovic Morlot
7:30 p.m., Feb. 14 | Meany Theater
Morlot, Seattle Symphony music director, conducts the University Symphony in selections from Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique. Plus: Winners of the 2013 Concerto Competition perform with the University Symphony. More info.
ArtVENTURES at the Henry
2 p.m., Feb. 16 | Henry Art Gallery
ArtVENTURES encourage adults and children to play, learn, and create together. Each program, inspired by art on view, focuses on different activities and new ways of thinking about art. This program is best suited for elementary-aged children, but the Henry encourages older or younger kids to join in on the fun. More info.
Short Takes on Dam(n) Science
7 p.m., Feb.18 | Neptune Theater
Ten experts on the natural world will each have 20 slides and less than six minutes to tell us what they’re learning about the biggest dam removal/ecological restoration project on the planet — the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in the Olympic National Forest. The evening, presented by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, will feature guest host Ranae Holland, the skeptical scientist on Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” series and a fisheries biologist who has researched the Elwha River. More info.
7:30 p.m., Feb. 19 | Meany Hall
Pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences around the globe with a full schedule of concerto and recital performances. This performance marks Yang’s Seattle debut. More info.
Jazz Innovations, Part 1 & 2
7:30 p.m., Feb. 19-20 | Brechemin Auditorium
Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions. More info.
3D4M Undergraduate + First-Year Graduate Students Exhibit
Through Feb. 20 | Ceramic and Metal Arts Building
These two shows feature student work selected by 3-Dimensional Forum faculty. More info.