THURSDAY JUNE 1
Two masterpieces: Beethoven's impetuous Symphony No. 7 and Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, which includes the ebullient "Hoe-Down." Paul Schoenfield's Viola Concerto with soloist Susan Gulkis Assadi rounds out the program, though the Fri June 2 concert at 7 pm swaps the Schoenfield for Poulenc's Organ Concerto in G minor. Also Sat June 3 at 8 pm and Sun June 4 at 2 pm. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $15–$87.
SATURDAY JUNE 3
SEATTLE CHORAL COMPANY
The SCC sings choral music from Finland and nearby Baltic states. I'm not too interested in the obligatory Sibelius piece, "Dreams," but conductor Fred Coleman and company venture further afield with works by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and Einojuhani Rautavaara, best known for his brooding 1972 work Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra. Also Sun June 4 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 3 pm. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 363-1100, 8 pm, $10–$22.
SUNDAY JUNE 4
CLARENCE ACOX TRIO
A drummer, teacher, and band director (SJRO, Garfield Jazz Band), Acox takes a turn at Seattle Jazz Vespers, a monthly concert series that tucks in a brief and generic worship interlude between sets. His sparse, wry elaboration of drumming rudiments—paradiddles, deft cymbal fills, and rolls—masterfully delineates space for his bandmates. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 325-6051, 6 pm, free-will donation.
MONDAY JUNE 5
JIM KNAPP ORCHESTRA
Bandleader Knapp has corralled a fine group of players (Jay Thomas, Phil Sparks, Tom Varner, and many others) to traverse his smartly constructed and swinging compositions. The band knocked me out when I heard them last month. Seattle Drum School, 12510 15th Ave NE, 364-8815, 8 pm, $5/$10.