THURSDAY JUNE 15
Gerard Schwarz leads the band in Belshazzar's Feast, William Walton's oratorio setting of the Book of Daniel. The superb violinist Julia Fischer, whose 2005 disc Mozart: Violin Concertos (Pentatone) remains in heavy rotation on my CD player, tackles Dvorák's Violin Concerto. Also on the program: Last Round, Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov's tribute to tango master Astor Piazzolla. Also Fri June 16 at 1 pm and Sat June 17 at 8 pm. The Sun June 18 at 2 pm concert omits Last Round. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $15–$87.
FRIDAY JUNE 16
Few jazz drummers sound so equally at ease swinging on straight-ahead tunes or delivering a feisty, freely improvised solo set. Bennington duets with bassist Paul Blaney, a fixture of the Vancouver, BC, scene who has backed up Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, pianist Paul Plimley, and a slew of others. Bennington is bound for Chicago later this year, so catch him while you can. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $5–$15 sliding scale donation.
A truncation of "repertoire" and "quartet," Reptet celebrates the release of its fine new disc, Do This! (Monktail Records). This pianoless sax 'n' horn-driven sextet never plods, instead whipping up smartly arranged, swinging jazz scented with dissonant yet festive Dixieland polyphony. Saxophonist Amy Denio, who always seems to be on tour these days, opens. ConWorks, 500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218, 8 pm, $8.
SATURDAY JUNE 17
HAROLD BUDD/ROBIN GUTHRIE
Budd famously fused minimalism and ambient music with his 1970 score The Candy Apple Revision, which specifies a D-flat major chord of open duration and instrumentation. His collaboration with Brian Eno on Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (reissued on Astralwerks) remains an essential album. Here, he collaborates with Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie and premieres music composed for avant-garde films by Man Ray, Maya Deren, Bruce Baillie, and others. Egyptian Theatre, 801 E Pine St, 324-9996, 7 pm, $20.
SUNDAY JUNE 18
FELIX SKOWRONEK MEMORIAL CONCERT
A bevy of musicians, many of them flutists, honor this flutist and UW professor who passed away in April. An astounding musician, Skowronek was ardently devoted to contemporary music; along with countless fine performances and recordings, I still remember his graceful discussion and demonstration of extended techniques at Brechemin in the late '90s. Part of the Wood Flute Festival. Brechemin Auditorium in the Music Building, UW campus, 685-8384, 8 pm, free.
EMIL DEWAAL TRIO
The Danish drummer, guitarist, and vocalist teams up with Wayne Horvitz and shares a bill with the Suffering Fuckheads, a rowdy jazz-rock ensemble stocked with fine players including organist Ron Weinstein, manic basher Mike Peterson on drums, and multi-instrumentalist Craig Flory. I'm intrigued by the rare solo appearance of opener Martin Bland, whose "Randomized Controlled Trials" shuffle multiple CDs of improvised instrumental segments. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 789-3599, 9 pm, $8.