SEATTLE SYMPHONY -- Mezzo Marilyn Horne is the distinguished guest for the opening night gala. In keeping with this year's season-long salute to Aaron Copland, she'll be performing his Old American Songs; we also get Four Episodes from Rodeo (don't worry, some of Copland's meatier, more adventuresome stuff is coming up later in the year). Also excerpts from Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila and Thomas' Mignon. Otherwise, the orchestra is putting the same old foot forward: a suite from Carmen and (how's this for daring programming?) Ravel's Boléro. Benaroya Hall, Taper Auditorium, 215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org.
TUDOR CHOIR -- Peter Phillips, director of a little group called the Tallis Scholars (perhaps you've heard of them?) will guest conduct a collection of English Renaissance music: Byrd, Tallis, and Taverner. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 322-3118 or 323-1040, 8 pm (pre-concert lecture at 7:15 pm), $15/$18.
ELIZABETH FALCONER -- The gifted performer/composer presents her first recital entirely of her own work on the Japanese koto, the uncommonly lovely stringed instrument that rests on the floor. The seven different pieces are inspired by different artworks currently on exhibition as part of the Year of Japan series; Falconer's studied her art enough to be authentic, but is talented enough to be far from a slavish imitator. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 3 pm, free with admission to museum.
GANGER, MOGWAI, SUPERCHUNK -- Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR.
BLACK ANGER, MAKTUB -- Metropolis, Olympia, WA.
FEAR -- Metropolis, Olympia, WA.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS -- Rage, Vancouver, B.C.
THIS AMERICAN LIFE -- This week, Ira Glass brings you "Accidental Documentaries" -- stories culled from found tapes. KUOW 94.9 FM, 7 pm; also Saturday at 11 am.
AMERICAN ROUTES -- The private life of Willie Nelson makes for good, juicy roadkill in this week's American Routes. Learn about his early days and the fact that he sleeps on the tour bus even when it's parked in his own goddam driveway. KUOW 94.9 FM, 1 pm.
THE LIVE ROOM -- Your host Abe Beeson treats you to local and national indie acts playing live sets, with some interviews. Tonight's performance is by Mia Boyle. KCMU 90.3 FM, 8-9 pm.
SONARCHY RADIO -- Jack Straw Production's Doug Haire mixes it up for you, tonight featuring FCS North, bearing down on drum 'n' bass! KCMU 90.3 FM, 11 pm-midnight.
ON THE EDGE -- Edge host Paul Aleinikoff brings you music from groups like KMFDM, Ministry, and Hate Dept. -- you know, edgy. C-89.5 FM, 6 pm-midnight; also real-time at www.c895fm.com.
EXPANSIONS -- Acid jazz/triphop mix, hosted by DJs Riz, Nasir, and/or Masa. KCMU 90.3 FM, 8 pm.