I go to symphony pops concerts about as often as I leave my beer unattended in a bar--which is almost never--but this concert might make me reconsider. Fiery violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg teams up with virtuoso duo-guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad. Along with Copland's Danzon Cubano, selections from Falla's Three-Cornered Hat, and Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas, they're performing Sérgio Assad's Concerto Originis, conveniently scored for violin, two guitars, and orchestra. Also Fri-Sat July 11-12 at 8 pm. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $16-$75.
FRIDAY JULY 11
Nope, not the sultry chanteuse who immortalized "Fever," but a Vancouver, BC-based cellist who wowed the crowd at this spring's Seattle Improvised Music Festival. To hear a master musician explore the frontiers of the cello, go to this gig. Joining Lee are dynamic drummer Dylan van der Schyff and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz. Polestar Music Gallery, 1412 18th Ave at E Union St, 329-4224, 8 pm, $7.
SATURDAY JULY 12
DON LANPHERE AND MARC SEALES
Saxophonist Don Lanphere and keyboardist Marc Seales team up in a benefit for Youth Advancement Through Music and Art (YATMA), which offers local arts programs for kids. Lanphere, a veteran of New York City's 1940s bebop scene, and Seales are both adept and exciting players who can really cook, so this should be a benefit actually worth attending. Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave NE, 524-2448, 7:30 pm, $5/$10.
MONDAY JULY 14
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Although the regular 8 pm concert features straight-ahead fare by Granados, Glazunov, Kreisler, and Brahms, the free 7 pm recital is the one that really caught my eye. In a bold programming coup, pianist Joel Fan couples George Gershwin's Two Preludes with the Sonata for Piano by (gasp!) the archmodernist and still-spry nonagenarian Elliott Carter. Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave NE, 292-2787, 7 pm, $16-$35.
SOUND OF THE BRUSH
Fresh from the Olympia Experimental Music Festival, bass clarinetist and sometime vocalist Arrington de Dionyso and his Movement Project roll into town with dancers from Olympia and Portland. CoCA, 1420 11th Ave, 728-1980, 8:30 pm, donation requested.
WEDNESDAY JULY 16
The lone summer concert of the Music for Lunch series features pianist Henry Kramer, who tackles the prelude from Bach's English Suite No. 3, the first movement of Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata op. 53, and some Chopin. This enterprising 16-year-old also ripples the ivories with two Ondines, one by Debussy, the other by Ravel. Sherman-Clay Piano & Organ, 1624 Fourth Avenue, 622-7580, 12:15 pm, free.
Avant electronics with Los Sonic Cabellieros. Otis Fodder, Ffej, Xaxis Wye, Noise Poet Nobody, XISIX, and other banditos from Seattle experimental music collective the SoniCabal coalesce into various groupings on a wide array of electronic instruments. Expect ambient textures, otherworldly loops, and merciless onslaughts of sound. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 861-8233, 8 pm, donation requested.