This week’s featured concerts:
Aug. 20 – 25 — This is your last chance to experience Wagner’s Ring cycle at Seattle Opera until 2017. Dubbed the “green” Ring because of its lush, forested sets, this particular production was conceived in 2001 and has been revived every four years since. This year marks the final run for the “green” Ring, so catch it while you can.
Aug. 20 – 21 — Escape the weekend crowds and head to the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival mid-week for a performance of Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet for Strings in E-flat Major. You’ll also hear a collection of favorite encore pieces by Paganini, Gershwin, Smetana, and others.
Aug. 22 — Summer’s not over yet! The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra performs a medley of pops at Pine Lake Park, just east of Lake Sammamish. Bring a picnic dinner and your lawn chairs for this free, kid-friendly concert.
Aug. 24 — Music Northwest kicks off their 2013-14 concert season with a program of vocal music from the British Isles. Enjoy songs by Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and others performed by soprano Jordan McClellan, tenor Matthew Richardson, and pianist Jane Harty.
Aug. 25 — Head to Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park for an outdoor concert presented by the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle. The program features works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Glinka.