by Bruce Reid
SEATTLE SYMPHONY--Emanuel Ax is one of our finer pianists, so perceptive and supportive of his collaborators that I never miss the flash and razzle-dazzle he's nearly incapable of providing. Even his Chopin is thoughtful, arguably overly mellow, but undeniably original; here's your chance to hear for yourself, with the Concerto No. 1 in e. The symphony itself performs Lullaby from Panufnik (I'm guessing the emotive, rigorously formal Andrzej, though his daughter has been making quite the name for herself recently) and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D, who come to think of it has a pretty famous lullaby of his own. Benaroya Hall, Taper Auditorium, 215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org, 7:30 pm, $10-$69. Also Fri-Sat Nov 17-18, 8 pm.
TACOMA YOUNG ARTISTS ORCHESTRA--The vibrancy of youth is exactly what you need to pull off Copland's rousing Dance Episodes from Rodeo; then again, inexperience could sink Dvorák's magnificent but over-familiar Symphony No. 9, From the New World. So what could end up splitting the difference is Cowell's lovely but not excessively taxing Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 16. Rialto Theater, 301 S Ninth St, Tacoma, 253-591-5894, 7:30 pm, $9 balcony, "free-will" donation for main-floor seating.
ORCHESTRA SEATTLE--Haydn's Symphony No. 60, "Il distratto," is one of the wittiest, most enjoyable works from that most humorous of the great composers. (Which is what makes him the greatest, in my opinion.) Salvaged from a stage production, the work mirrors the "Absent-Minded Gentleman" of the title, rife as it is with mistunings, missed entrances, and developments that go precisely nowhere. Paired with two other playful pieces--Milhaud's lyrical Le boeuf sur le toit and Telemann's Concerto in D for three Trumpets, two Oboes, Timpani, and Strings--it highlights a quite amusing evening. Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 682-5208, 3 pm, $20 general, $15 students/seniors.
CASCADE YOUTH SYMPHONY--Guest composer and trumpeter Allen Vizzutti performs two pieces that I'll assume are typically jazzy and properly idiomatic, if nothing else: The Rising Sun and Snow Scenes. Also Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 in G, and Berlioz's rousing Roman Carnival Overture. Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 292-ARTS, 7 pm, $15.
BACHMANN-KLIBONOFF-FRIEDMAN TRIO--They don't possess the catchiest moniker in the business, but this new ensemble have been getting good write-ups as they make the scene. Like most acts intent on introducing themselves to an audience, BKF are opting for a showy, eclectic program: Beethoven's haunting "Ghost" trio, Schoenfield's Café Music, and Ravel's lovely Piano Trio in a. Meany Theater, UW Campus, 543-4880 or 800-859-5342, 8 pm, $30.
by Megan Seling
VINTAGE JAZZ--Host and self-proclaimed jazz expert Al Barnes features jazz at its best, beginning in the '20s and moving into the '30s. KBCS 91.3 FM, 9 am.
SPECIAL GUEST--An appearance by Stew, funny front man of L.A.'s the Negro Problem, known for his clever and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Judge for yourself. KCMU 90.3 FM, 3 pm.
THE LIVE ROOM--Melodic-pop band Man of the Year is both live and in the room tonight. KCMU's Abe Beeson hosts an hour-long show featuring music from and interviews with this "shoegazing pop" project. KCMU 90.3 FM, 8 pm.
SOUNDTRACK CINEMA--This week's two-hour special features the work of Thomas Newman and Graeme Revell from the movies Pay It Forward and Red Planet, respectively. Who needs to pay $8.25 to see a whiny kid anyway? KING 98.1 FM, 10 pm.
SONARCHY RADIO--Grab your glow sticks and homemade amphetamines... Eva Las Vegas and Jeremy Moss bring the rave over to your place as they mix hardcore techno and downtempo styles live on Sonarchy Radio. KCMU 90.3 FM, 11 pm.
BLUEGRASS RAMBLE--One of the country's longest running bluegrass shows is still bringing you the best. Your source for anything and everything bluegrass. KBCS 91.3 FM, 12 pm.
GRATEFUL DEAD HOUR--Enjoy archived rarities, interviews, and other classic Dead moments. Or avoid them entirely. KBCS 91.3 FM, 8 pm.
CAUSTIC RESIN: Thurs Nov 16, Tonic Lounge, Portland
IAN MOORE: Thurs Nov 16, Berbati's Pan, Portland
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA: Thurs Nov 16, Crystal Ballroom, Portland
MURDER CITY DEVILS, AT THE DRIVE IN, EASTERN YOUTH: Thurs Nov 16, Pine Street Theatre, Portland
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, PEDRO THE LION: Fri Nov 17, Brickyard, Vancouver, BC
THE WALLFLOWERS, EVERLAST: Fri Nov 17, Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland
HERBIE HANCOCK & WAYNE SHORTER: Sat Nov 18, Elsinore Theatre, Salem
MARTIN SEXTON: Sat Nov 18, Aladdin Theater, Portland; Tues Nov 21, Richard's on Richards, Vancouver, BC
CARISSA'S WIERD, CITY IN THE STARS, TWO PLAY COLOR: Sat Nov 18, Meow Meow, Portland
GROOVE COLLECTIVE, MAKTUB: Sat Nov 18, Roseland Theater, Portland
DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS: Mon Nov 20, Roseland Theater, Portland
PETER MURPHY: Mon Nov 20, Richard's on Richards, Vancouver, BC
JOE COCKER, TINA TURNER: Wed Nov 22, Rose Garden Arena, Portland