SCORES OF SOUND DAY THREE
The most stylistically manic day of this marathon staged by Cornish students and faculty veers from the "Bebop Ensemble" (yikes, they have a "Fusion Ensemble" too, but that's Friday at 9 pm) that starts at the unmusicianly time of 11-fucking-am to "Classical Instrumentalists" at 9 pm. In between is "Vocal Standards Section II" at 1 pm, the chorus at 5 pm, and the cryptically christened "Ensemble IV" at 8 pm. Kerry Hall at Cornish College, 710 E Roy, 325-6500, 11 am-9 pm, free.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6
SEATTLE COMPOSERS SALON
An informal presentation of new music by Seattle composers, this round of the Salon features finished works, previews, and works-in-progress for solo piano, solo bassoon, and electronic tape, as well as music for saxophone, soprano, and tape. Unless the composer is a crank or a masochist, the "tape" is most likely a CD-R. There's also a piece by Jay Hamilton for "big stick, metronome, balloon, wine glass, and audience," which is either a willfully perverse roster of instruments or a wry comment on our nation's foreign policy. Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall, Second & Union, 215-4747, 8 pm, $5.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7
Like, love, or loathe him for his wide-ranging influence on American academic electro-acoustic music, composer Larry Austin presents his restoration and octophonic expansion of John Cage's Williams Mix. Also on the program: Austin's Djuro's Tree, Richard Karpen's Camera Cantorum, Noel Paul's The Sundering Seas, and Bret Battey's imaginative video piece, Writing on the Surface. Brechemin Auditorium, UW campus, 685-8384, 8 pm, $5/$10.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8
A CELTIC CHRISTMAS
This Christmas gig has the works: candlelight processional, an audience sing-along of traditional carols, and holiday music sung in Welsh, Gaelic, Latin, and English. Along with new music for choir and harp by composers from Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, Seattle Pro Musica performs Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols for treble choir and harp and C. V. Standford's Magnificat for double choir. Also Sat Dec 7 at Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue, 8 pm. Town Hall, Eighth and Seneca, 781-2766, 7:30 pm, $10-$21.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 10
All hail thematic programming! Each piece in this choral concert relates to a monarch: Handel's "Zadok the Priest" has been sung at the coronation of every English monarch since George II. The Kyrie and Gloria from Duruflé's Mass Cum Jubilo aim a bit higher, praising the Head Honcho on High. My pick for this gig is the oratorio King David by Arthur Honegger, whose biggest hit, Pacific 231, has overshadowed the rest of his music. Meany Theater, UW Campus, 543-4880, 7:30 pm, $5/$8.
Kudos to About the Music for booking two out-jazz groups, Anansi and Stinkhorn. Led by trumpeter Jim Knodle, Anansi ranges from chamber jazz to outright dodecaphony, while Stinkhorn spews delightful scree. The two bands plan to join forces for the third set. About the Music, 6010 Airport Way S, 762-5518, 8 pm, $7.