Weekly Concert Round-Up: April 15 – 21

This week’s featured concerts:

Apr. 16 — Local pianist and UW professor Craig Sheppard celebrates the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth with a concert of some of the composer’s most famous works for piano. Written at the height of the Impressionist era, Debussy’s Twelve Etudes, Estampes, and Images vividly depict scenes from nature and the 19th century world. More info

Apr. 17 — An institution in the chamber music world since 1969, the Tokyo String Quartet will disband at the end of the 2013 concert season. Now’s your last chance to see this storied ensemble in Seattle. They’ll perform Mozart, Auerbach, and Ravel at the UW’s Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. More info

Apr. 18 — The UW’s Inverted Space Ensemble is a group of graduate student musicians devoted to studying and performing modern and contemporary repertoire. This week’s concert features Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire song cycle as well as the West Coast premiere of a work by Elliott Carter. More info

Apr. 19 – 21 — Pianist Awagadin Pratt joins the Northwest Sinfonietta for a trio of concerts this weekend. Known for his interpretations of Mozart, Pratt will perform the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 23. Also on the program is the world premiere of a work by the ensemble’s Music Director, Christophe Chagnard. More info

Apr. 19 & 21 — Experience chamber music up close and personal with the musicians of Simple Measures. This time, they’re joined by Seattle Symphony concertmaster Alexander Velinzon for an exploration of the musical element of harmony, including a performance of Beethoven’s “Archduke” piano trio. More info

Apr. 20 — Soprano Ellen Hargis teams up with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra for scenes from operas of the Italian Baroque era. Hear three different composers’ interpretations of the mythological story of Orpheus, including excerpts from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. More info

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