by Bruce Reid
SEATTLE SYMPHONY--He may no longer have a major-label deal after the dissolution of BMG Classical, but James Galway can still blow a mean flute. Hear him in all his freelancing glory in finely poised Concerti by Mozart (No. 2 in D, K. 314) and Cimarosa (Concerto for Two Flutes in G, with Jeanne Galway--certainly a relation, but I don't follow this most annoying of instruments enough to say how). Also the overplayed Semiramide Overture by Rossini, and the widely overplayed Symphony No. 4 ("Italian") of Mendelssohn. Benaroya Hall, Taper Auditorium, 215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat July 14-15, 8 pm. $15-$47.
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL--One of this summer series' stronger offerings, the opening recital by Jonathan Biss covers piano works by Beethoven (Fantasie for Piano in G, Op. 77) and Mendelssohn (Variations in D, Op. 54), with the world-apart (well, still Viennese) Six Little Pieces, Op. 19 by Schoenberg sandwiched in between. The concert proper includes the typically robust, folkish Trio by Khachaturian, Brahms' Trio in C, Op. 87, and Bridge's Sextet for Strings, lovely enough to remind you he was more than merely an inspiration for Britten. Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave NE, 283-8808 or 292-ARTS, 7 pm (recital), 8 pm (concert), $15 students/$25-$32 general, free seating on the lawn.
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL--Two utter masterpieces framing two pleasant, inconsequential works. In the recital, Mark Kaplan essays Bach's eloquently insistent Sonata No. 2 for Violin. The concert opens with Glinka's Trio Pathetique and Dick Schoenfield's background-filler Café Music, before hitting the expressive, tragic depths of Schubert's String Quartet in D, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden." Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave NE, 283-8808 or 292-ARTS, 7 pm (recital), 8 pm (concert), $15 students/$25-$32 general, free seating on the lawn.
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL--Mr. Kaplan follows up Monday's reading of Bach's Sonata No. 2 with the even more difficult and majestic Partita No. 2 in the recital portion of the evening. The concert kicks off with Debussy's sole, celebrated String Quartet, bounces around Dick Hyman's inoffensively jazzy Sextet, then finishes with Rachmaninoff's "Elegiac" Trio in D, Op. 9. Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave NE, 283-8808 or 292-ARTS, 7 pm (recital), 8 pm (concert), $15 students/$25-$32 general, free seating on the lawn.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY CHORALE--The second sing-along of the summer (best if you bring your own score, but they'll try to accommodate you otherwise). Pergolesi's Magnificat is a fine work on its own, but anything must take a second place behind Haydn's noble, transcendent Missa in angustiis, or the "Nelson Mass," if you prefer nicknames based on then-contemporary political events to the composer's own titles. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 215-4734, 7 pm, $8.
by Kris Adams
WEEKDAY--For those of you who have an opportunity to tune in when you should be working or on your way to work, Mayor Paul Schell will be on hand to talk about issues near and dear to our fair city. Obscure topics like the WTO protests or the monorail may come up. KUOW 94.9 FM, 9 am.
BEST WRITERS OF BUMBERSHOOT '96-'98--As the time draws near for another Labor Day weekend entertainment overload, let us take pause to revisit the wordsmiths who have endeavored to enrapture us with their flowery language lo these recent years. KUOW 94.9 FM, 9:30 pm.
WORLDPLAY 2--Second International Festival of International Drama. Original radio dramas from around the English-speaking world. That means people with accents trying to make you cry. KUOW 94.9 FM, 10 pm.
ALTERNATIVE RADIO--Over the past century, corporations have amassed more rights than citizens through charters, which license them to do business. Theoretically a charter can be revoked when a corporation violates it, but this rarely happens. Richard Grossman, a top expert on law and corporations, will talk about the reasons behind this fact in a program taped at the University of Colorado. KUOW 94.9 FM, 3 pm.
LIVE ROOM--For those who enjoy playing power chords on tennis racquets in your bedroom, the early punk/progressive rock combination of the Last Great Liar will be playing live from Jack Straw studios for your convenience. KCMU 90.3 FM, 8 pm.
WHAT'S THE WORD--Choosing a new language. Tune in if you want to progress past learning how to swear in someone else's language. Common myths regarding language learning, the importance of learning a new language, and how national and international events impact the popularity of a language are all discussed. Sehr gut! KUOW 94.9 FM, 2:30 pm.
RUN DMC, 5 FINGERS OF FUNK: Thurs July 13, Crystal Ballroom, Portland
"TATTOO THE EARTH" TOUR with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, NASHVILLE PUSSY: Fri-Sat July 14-15, Portland Meadows, Portland
OMA YANG, ROOTS OF ORCHIS: Fri July 14, Arrowspace, Olympia
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Fri July 14, Taste of Beaverton, Portland
MERLE HAGGARD: Sat July 15, Crystal Ballroom, Portland
CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES: Sun July 16, Griffith Park, Portland
PAUL OAKENFOLD: Mon July 17, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
COLIN RAYE: Mon July 17, Spirit Mountain Casino, Grande Ronde
INDIGO GIRLS, SPEARHEAD: Tues July 18, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland
HEAVY JOHNSON TRIO, JUCIFER: Wed July 19, Satyricon, Portland
CHRISTINA AGUILERA: Wed July 19, GM Place, Vancouver, BC