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April 22, 2015

Arts Roundup: Music, drama — plus UW Symphony and Seattle Symphony ‘Side by Side’

This coming week, the School of Music leads the way with a variety of events to keep your calendar full. Highlights include the UW Symphony performing with the Seattle Symphony in a “Side by Side” concert, a faculty recital with faculty pianist Craig Sheppard, and the annual Improvised Music Project’s jazz festival. Also this week, don’t miss the School of Drama’s production of William Inge’s “Bus Stop.”

William Inge's "Bus Stop," Through May 3.

William Inge’s “Bus Stop,” through May 3.Mike Hipple Photography

Simone Dinnerstein
7:30 p.m., April 23 | Meany Hall
This American pianist is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. More info.

William Inge’s “Bus Stop”
Through May 3 | Jones Playhouse
Sixty years after its Broadway premiere, first-year MFA directors Malika Oyetimein and Sean Ryan lead us back to the small town diner 30 miles west of Kansas City where the great American playwright William Inge revealed simple truths of our common humanity. More info.

UW Symphony and Seattle Symphony: “Side by Side”
7:30 p.m., April 24
Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee share conducting duties in a program that features the UW Symphony and members of the Seattle Symphony, performing both separately and side by side. Works by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Debussy showcase the talents of each group prior to a side-by-side performance of Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite. More info.

2013Sheppard performs April 25, Mean Hall.

Craig Sheppard performs April 25, Meany Hall.

Faculty Recital: Craig Sheppard
7:30 p.m., April 25 | Meany Hall
Faculty pianist Sheppard gives Seattle audiences a rare treat — the opportunity to hear, in a single performance, the entirety of the 24 Preludes and Fugues, Opus 87, by Dmitri Shostakovich. Among the most influential in the canon of 20th century solo piano works, these incredibly varied pieces were composed over an intense three-month period following an inspirational October 1950 meeting between the composer and the great Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva. More info.

Painting + Drawing BFA Show
April 28-May 9 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
The graduation exhibition for students receiving Bachelor of Fine Art degrees from the Painting and Drawing Program. More info.

  • April 28– Opening night reception, 4-7 p.m.

May 1-3 | Ethnic Cultural Center
The School of Music joins forces with the student-led Improvised Music Project (IMP) to present leading forces in Seattle’s jazz and improvised music community. The annual festival pairs up-and-coming musicians with seasoned professionals. This year, IMP and the school welcome legendary bassist Steve Swallow and acclaimed saxophonist Chris Cheek to perform with UW students and a faculty house band led by Jazz Studies faculty members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu and Ted Poor. More info.

UW Music and Pacific MusicWorks: W.A. Mozart, “The Magic Flute”
7:30 p.m., May 8-9 | Meany Theater
One of Mozart’s crowning achievements, this opera is a potent mixture of popular music and theater with a depth of meaning that is still mysterious and controversial. This production will combine entirely new staging by stage director Dan Wallace Mille with new dialogue by Karen Hartman, and will feature . It will feature one of the reigning Queens of the Night of our time, Cyndia Sieden. Hear Mozart’s beloved opera, conducted by Stephen Stubbs, performed in the Northwest’s first historically informed performance with a classical orchestra. More info.

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