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Special Supplement : Goings on out of town
phony No. 3, "Eroica"); Gerard Schwarz, the orchestra's longtime music director, conducts. Oct. 27-28 at 8: David Daniels, whose honeyed voice has made him one of the most celebrated countertenors today, performs in a program helmed by Nicholas McGegan, which fea- tures vocal and instrumental works by Tele- mann, Vivaldi, and Handel. (Benaroya Hall. 206-215-4747.) el CorAzón 109 Eastlake Ave. E. (206-262-0482)---Oct. 26: Be Your Own Pet is four teen-agers from Nash- ville who dispense with their native city's coun- try music in favor of speedy and limber punk rock. The group is touring with Awesome Color, a brilliant trio of hard-rock revivalists who hail from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Oct. 28-29: New Jersey's Bouncing Souls are staunch punk rock- ers of a slightly different vintage: they're clos- ing in on twenty years of strident guitars and pro igate energy. seATTle AsiAn ArT MuseuM 1400 E. Prospect St., Volunteer Park (206-654- 3100)---The Seattle Art Museum is closed for expansion until spring of 2007; its sister insti- tution SAAM is hosting "Vik Muniz: Re ex," a retrospective of work by the Brazilian artist known for composing images in chocolate sauce, dirt, and sugar. Nov. 9-Jan. 15. "American Art Deco and the Seattle Art Museum." Many of SAM's early acquisitions were chosen to com- plement its rst building, a local Art Deco land- mark; this show includes a selection of Deco- themed works by William Hunt Diederich, Alexander Archipenko, and Boris Lovet-Lorski. Through Jan. 15. seATTle oPerA This company draws the world to its door every summer for its renowned Wagner pro- ductions, but the upcoming season is diverse (if traditional). Their autumn offering is Ros- sini's "The Italian Girl in Algiers," a sparkling bel-canto comedy about Western-Islamic rela- tions from a comparatively innocent age. The Metropolitan Opera diva Stephanie Blythe al- ternates with Helene Schneiderman in the title role, in a production that also showcases the talents of William Burden and Lawrence Brown- lee; Edoardo Müller, a ne Met veteran, con- ducts. Oct. 14-28. (Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. 206-389-7676.) PACifiC norTHwesT BAlleT The fall program of company premières in- cludes Peter Martins's "Valse Triste," set to Jean Sibelius; Twyla Tharp's "Waterbaby Bagatelles"; and a world première of a piece by Victor Qui- jada, set to music by Mitchell Akiyama. Nov. 2-12. (Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mer- cer St. 206-441-2424.) PArAMounT THeATre 911 Pine St. (206-467-5510)---The Decemberists, a literary folk-pop band led by the singer, song- writer, and guitarist Colin Meloy, infuse quirky tales of faraway lands with bits of maritime lore. The band is set to release its rst album on a major label, "The Crane Wife," next month. They're barnstorming the country this fall, and they play their last tour date in the United States here on Nov. 17. washington, d.c. CorCorAn gAllery of ArT 500 17th St. N.W. (202-639-1700)---The Corco- ran is best known for its collection of great Amer- ican art---its Coles, Copleys, Cassatts, Hoppers, and Sargents---but "Rede ned: Modern and Con- temporary Art from the Collection" points up the museum's interest in more recent art. Almost two hundred works in all media dating from the nineteen- fties onward are gathered here, includ- ing pieces by Joan Mitchell, Jennifer Steinkamp and Jimmy Johnson, and George Condo. One gallery is devoted to the sculpture and photog- raphy of the Washington local William Christen- berry. Through January, 2007. "Joan of Arc" gathers more than two hundred paintings, tex- tiles, books, and sculptures made over the course of ve centuries, all depicting scenes from the life of the French martyr. Nov. 18-Jan. 21. “An eneMy of THe PeoPle” Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Ibsen's timeless tale of a truth-teller whom the public re- fuses to believe. The production is directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, from a translation by Rick Davis and Brian Johnston. Through Oct. 22. (Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. N.W. 202-547-1122.) wAsHingTon nATionAl oPerA Plácido Domingo, celebrating his tenth anniver- sary as the company's general director, brings a sense of European splendor to D.C.'s famously provincial classical scene. The season opener is a double bill of Bartók's chilling one-acter "Blue- beard's Castle" (with the commanding Samuel Ramey as the Duke and Denyce Graves as his doomed young wife), followed by Puccini's light- hearted "Gianni Schicchi." (Sept. 16-Oct. 7.) The American première of Nicholas Maw's "So- phie's Choice," an opera based on the William Styron novel, which opened to generally good reviews at Covent Garden last season, features Angelika Kirchschlager, the golden-toned Aus- trian mezzo-soprano, in the title role. (Sept. 21- Oct. 9.) More Puccini arrives in the form of "Madama Butter y," with a young international cast conducted by Domingo (alternating with Eu- gene Kohn). (Nov. 4-Nov. 19.) (Kennedy Center. 202-295-2400.) 22 goings on: fAll 2006
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