THURSDAY OCTOBER 12
Violinist-turned-conductor Pinchas Zukerman helms the Seattle Symphony in Mozart's Symphony No. 39 and other works, including the Adagio in E major K. 261 and the Serenata Notturna. Also Sat Oct 14 at 8 pm. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave and Union St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $15—$64.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 14
Reptet, who make swinging jazz scented with dissonant yet festive Dixieland polyphony, headline this outdoor festival. They share the bill with another offshoot of the Monktail Creative Music Concern, Special Ops, along with the hypnotic Seattle Harmonic Voices and Jesus & the Bobcats, an "evangelical death surf band." Cal Anderson Park, 1632 11th Ave, 684-4075, noon—6 pm, free.
To celebrate the centennial of Dmitri Shostakovich, director Eric Banks and crew sally through all of Shosty's published compositions for a cappella chorus. Count on bits from film scores, the obligatory settings of folk songs, and a generous helping of keep-your-ass-out-of-the-gulag pieces with titles like Loyalty. Also Sun Oct 15 at Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd Ave SW, at 3 pm. St. Joseph's Church, 732 18th Ave E, 935-7779, 8 pm, $15/$18.
TONE ACTION HOUSE
Why are dub plates so popular? Traditionally used to road-test a vinyl-LP pressing, limited-edition batches of dub plates cost less than a full run of records. They're less durable too and thus act as a kind of hardware plug-in: Inevitably, crepitating pops and crackles appear sooner, much to the delight of experimental musicians. Here, Gust Burns premieres two pieces: "Gardens from Piano on Dub Plates," a set of improvisations for dub plates with prerecorded piano, and earth . a body . bodies for solo piano performed by Julie Ives. Burns, electronicist Jaime Potter, and Nick Trotter on Fender Rhodes conclude the evening with a set of "slowly evolving sounds and tones." Catch the open rehearsal earlier at 3 pm. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $5—$15 sliding scale donation.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 15
Mark Salman, whose ear-boggling traversal of Franz Liszt's terrifyingly difficult piano music was a highlight of last year, tackles two Beethoven piano concertos, nos. 3 and 4. Also on the program: Beethoven's Choral Fantasia, op. 80. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave W, 800-838-3006, 3 pm, $10—$20.
MONDAY OCTOBER 16
I like how the tunes on this quartet's winning double-disc set 11:11 (Origin) cogently shift from sunny boppish melodies to a pastoral calm and then burst into a propulsive groove conjured from Miles Davis's In a Silent Way. On the front line, Chris Fagan's dry alto-saxophone tone contrasts nicely with David White's shimmering guitar and occasional (and most importantly, tasteful) guitar-synth comping. Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333, 7 pm, free.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 17
The charismatic conductor Valery Gergiev conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, subtitled "The Year 1905," and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave and Union St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $30—$95.