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March 3, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Modern Music Ensemble, Brazilian Percussion, and more

This week, attend a Modern Music Ensemble performance, learn how creating great urban neighborhoods and environmental justice go hand in hand, witness percussionist Jeff Busch in a concert of Brazilian music, and more.


March 7, 7:30 PM | Modern Music Ensemble, Meany Hall

Cristina Valdés leads the UW Modern Music Ensemble in performances of works from the mid-20th century and beyond. Program includes pieces by Patricia Alessandrini, Kaija Saariaho, Christian Wolff, Huck Hodge, Sarah Hennies, and Huang Ruo.

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March 7, 7:30 PM | Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert: Jeff Busch, Brazilian Percussion, Brechemin Auditorium

Seattle-based percussionist Jeff Busch presents a concert of Brazilian music, featuring students from his Winter 2023 percussion ensemble, and spanning genres from samba to maracatú to forró. With guest appearances by pianist Jovino Santos Neto, singer Adriana Giordano, and other luminaries of the local Brazilian music scene, as well as UW faculty Marc Seales, Steve Rodby, and Shannon Dudley.

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March 8, 5 – 7 PM | Mapping the Unmappable: A Conversation with Four Southeast Asian Writers, Communications Building

Southeast Asian writers experience diaspora, and its losses, both within the region and without, both psychologically and socially. How do they contend with the multiple manifestations of diaspora in their writing? Jee Leong Koh (Snow at 5 PM), Jim Pascual Agustin (Waking Up to the Pattern Left by a Snail Overnight), Lawrence Lacambra Ypil (The Experiment of the Tropics), and Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint (Names of Light) read from their work and converse with Reuven Pinnata (University of Washington, English) on mapping the unmappable.

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March 9, 6 – 7:30 PM | Reconnecting Communities: Undoing Institutional Racism in Urban Highway Projects, Architecture Hall

Understand how planners, civic leaders and activists are organizing around the idea of reparations for the damage caused by driving urban freeways through urban communities. Lauren Hood, Chair of the Detroit Planning Commission and a nationally known urban planner, Rosa Lopez, Reconnect South Park Organizer, and Madeleine Spencer, a leader of Placemaking US, will describe the project to restore Seattle’s South Park community, which was divided by State Highway 99.

Highway 99 in Seattle cuts through the heart of South Park. When Highway 99 was constructed, South Park was home to an immigrant population largely of Mexican heritage. It is now the home of numerous immigrant and refugee communities. Highway 99 through South Park is underutilized, and its path is another example of environmental racism. The Washington Legislature has appropriated $600,000 to explore possible actions to repair this rift. The City of Seattle is supporting this initiative and investing in community consultation around alternatives.

Creating great urban neighborhoods and taking action for environmental justice go hand in hand. This panel will make that crucial connection and show how we can envision and attain just and sustainable future cities.

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March 9, 7:30 PM | Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Meany Hall

The UW Wind Ensemble director, Timothy Salzman, performs music by Chang Su Koh and Jennifer Higdon. The Symphonic Band director, Shaun Day, performs music by Darius Milhaud, Philip Sparke and Valerie Coleman. With Scott Farkas, percussion soloist on Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Solo Percussion and Band.

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March 9, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Party and Reading with Northwest Literary Translators, Solo Bar & Eatery

Seattle has become an exciting center of literary translation over the past few years. Visitors to the 2023 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference and local fans of translation are invited to help celebrate Seattle’s translation community at a party hosted by the Northwest Literary Translators, the UW Translation Studies Hub at the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and Seattle City of Literature. This event features select readings by local translators, delicious food, and a cash bar.

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March 10, 7:30 PM | UW Symphony with John Turman, horn; Sunny Xia, Seattle Symphony, Meany Hall

The UW Symphony director, David Alexander Rahbee, performs music by Sibelius, Glière and Tchaikovsky in this end-of-quarter concert. With faculty artist John Turman, horn soloist on Glière: Horn Concerto, Op. 91 in B flat Major; and Seattle Symphony assistant conductor Sunny Xia, guest conductor for Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36, in F minor.

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Have an event that you would like to see featured in the ArtSci Roundup? Connect with Lauren Zondag (zondagld@uw.edu).