SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SSO conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the SSO in meat-and-potatoes classical: two by Sibelius (Symphony No. 1 in E Minor and Romance, op. 42) and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Also Fri Nov 22 at 1 pm and Sat Nov 23 at 8 pm. Benaroya Hall, Third & Union, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $11-$75.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22
Apart from showcasing works by student composers, this gig illustrates trends in naming compositions. With a typically plain title, you would never guess that Joshua Parmenter's Music for Guitar and Vibraphone uses microtones, splitting the 12-note octave into more notes. Another microtonal work, Michael Rook's kollaps/relaps[wormhole] for amplified accordion and electric bass reflects recent tendencies toward long, unusually spaced titles. Cristopher Ewing's somewhere i have never traveled reveals its debt to e. e. cummings' poetry and thankfully avoids the noxious habit of jUmbliNG caPs wIth LoweR caSe leTTers often seen in music today. With texts torn from the lust-laden pages of this very rag, the titular winner of the bunch is Ben Houge's Stranger Personals. Brechemin Auditorium, UW campus, 543-4880, 8 pm, free.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23
You might expect me to spew fiery vitriol against a smooth jazz singer/guitarist like Jonathan Butler, but smooth jazz is merely mislabeled, smartly constructed R&B whose ancestors include EW&F's "Runnin'" and Chic's "Savoir Faire" (the flip side of "Le Freak"). Anyway, my weakness for benefit concerts should clamp my tongue. Butler plays a benefit for FareStart, which supports the homeless through job training and placement in the restaurant industry. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 292-2787, 8 pm, $36/$75.
Can Seattle sustain another jazz club devoted to importing top-drawer (and therefore top-dollar) jazz headliners? We shall see. Bassist Stanley Clarke and his quintet help celebrate the opening of About the Music, a new jazz club in South Seattle. Clarke, revered for his fleet-fingered playing with Chick Corea, George Duke, Al DiMeola, and a host of other jazz greats, will make musicians in the audience quiver with envy or quail in fear. About the Music, 6010 Airport Way S, 762-5518, sets at 8:30 and 10:30 pm, $35.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY
The SYSO's new maestro, Welsh-born Huw Edwards, conducts this orchestra of talented teenage musicians. Weber's Concertino for Clarinet & Orchestra, op. 26 features soloist Dileep Gangolli, an SYSO alumnus currently gigging in Chicago. Also on the program is the Crown Imperial March by Walton, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Weber, and Saint-Saëns' rousing Organ Symphony. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 362-2300, 3 pm, $7-$35.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 25
UW viola professor Callus performs a slew of pieces by UW composers. The music ranges in sound and style from European Complexity (Durand's Cinq Duos and Karpen's Solo/Tutti for amplified viola and computer) to down-home, tonal tunes (Benshoof's Rondo and Bergsma's Fantastic Variations on a Theme from Tristan und Isolde). Brechemin Auditorium, UW campus, 543-4880, 7:30 pm, $8/$10.