THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16

TANGO INFUSIONS
Violinist Tom Swafford and pianist Amy Rubin slink through tangos by Astor Piazzolla. Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, 684-7171, noon—1:30 pm, free.

GUARDIAN EAR
This chamber improv group blends the unlikeliest of instruments: electric cello, oboe, acoustic guitar, and a suitcase of percussion instruments that ping, rattle, and chime. On the House, 1205 E Pike St, 324-3974, 8 pm, donation requested.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17

SUNSHIP
Ex-Stinkhorn saxophonist Michael Monhart and guitarist Brian Heaney front a quintet named after the classic Coltrane LP. Expect hard-blowing, feverishly fierce free jazz laden with the occasional funk groove. Mr. Spots Chai House, 5463 Leary Way, 297-2424, 8 pm, free.

GRETA MATASSA QUINTET
A superb and sassy vocalist, Matassa presents Ella and Billie, an homage to Ella Fitzgerald and to Billie Holiday. Dinner at 7 pm. Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Dr SE, Issaquah, 425-391-3335, 8 pm, $22.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18

PUGET SOUND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conductor Alan Shen, who charmingly describes himself as "the yahoo who put this symphony together" on the PSSO website, directs an ambitious program: the Turandot Overture by Carl Maria von Weber, Paul Hindemith's not-so-stodgy Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, the Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz, and Richard Strauss' mighty tone poem, Death and Transfiguration. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, 353-5128, 7:30 pm, $5/$8.

MICHAEL PARTINGTON
Fresh from a tour of England and Wales, this Seattle-based British guitarist performs music by Toru Takemitsu, Astor Piazzolla, and Portland's Bryan Johansen. Partington also flouts the Second Law of Classical Guitar: Thou shalt play Bach at every concert. Recital Hall at Benaroya, 200 University St, 297-8788, 7:30 pm, $22/$28.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19

LES BORÉADES DE MONTRÉAL
Recorder and baroque flute virtuoso Francis Colpron leads this period instrument ensemble of strings and harpsichord in works by Frescobaldi, Fontana, Riccio, Merula, and others. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, 325-7006, 8 pm, $15—$34.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 20

UW CONTEMPORARY GROUP
Hardly anyone complains anymore that Pierre Boulez—the foremost living example of the conductor-composer—should have composed more and conducted less, but his early works remind me what the fuss was about. His two Études of musique concrète and the 1945 Notations for piano still startle and ravish the ear. Pianist Regina Yeh tackles the kinetic, quicksilver Notations and Poulenc's "Napoli" for solo piano. The rest of the concert is willfully eclectic, ranging from Toru Takemitsu's "Masque" for flute duet to Walter Piston's ho-hum Divertimento for nine instruments to a classic by Igor Stravinsky, The Soldier's Tale. Joshua Parmenter's Organon Sostenuto for flute, cello, bassoon, bass and real-time electronics rounds out the program. Meany Theater, UW Campus, 543-4880, 7:30 pm, $10.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21

GARRICK OHLSSON
One of the great pianists of our time plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 5, a Chopin Nocturne, and two daunting works, the Liszt Sonata in B minor and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7. Meany Theater, UW Campus, 543-4880, 8 pm, $36.