by Chris DeLaurenti
JEFFREY WANG--Student recitals are an excellent opportunity to hear fine up-and-coming musicians. Cellist Jeffrey Wang plays Kodaly's Sonata for cello solo op. 8 and the irresistible Bach Suite No. 4. Pianist Nino Merabilis joins Wang for Chopin's Polonaise Brilliante. Brechemin Auditorium, UW campus, 685-8384, 8 pm, free.
FRED KRONACHER--After performing piano sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, pianist Fred Kronacher discusses why those three titans of the Classical keyboard hold up so well today. On the program: Haydn's Sonata in B minor, Mozart's Sonata in D major K. 576, and Beethoven's big hit, the Moonlight Sonata. What's with the K. 576? Ask Fred! Green Lake United Methodist Church, 6415 First Ave NE, 368-9247, 8 pm, $10-$15.
OLYMPIA EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FESTIVAL--After the demise of artsEdge (not to mention the slumbering Electromuse festival) you won't find a bigger smorgasbord of experimental music: the Bran Flakes, Evolution Control Committee, Wood Paneling, the Glamorous Pat, Noggin, Big Tom the Lithuanian, rebreather, Dead Air Fresheners, and A-Nat-Hema. If you're leery of new music or afraid to hug the duck, you can find Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado somewhere in Olympia this weekend. Olympia World News, 116 E Fourth Ave, Olympia, 6 pm, $6. Also Fri Jun 15, 8 pm and Sun Jun 17, 3 pm.
WASHINGTON WIND SYMPHONY--Doing their bit for American composers, the WWS offers Paul Creston's Concerto for Trombone featuring soloist Don Immel, Pastime by Jack Stamp, and de rigeur selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess as well as The National Game March by John Philip Sousa. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, 425-899-9900, 3 pm, $5-$10.
LES VOIX VULGAIRES--No, it's not a misprint but an eminently suitable moniker for the extended singing techniques and vocal mayhem of Amy Denio, Detonator Beth, and King Leah. The last time I saw the Berlin-bound King Leah, she was hypnotically chirping though a saxophone while standing in a bag of soil, so this should be an unusual, if not surreal, show. Coffee Messiah is essentially a charming art-festooned corridor, so plan on getting cozy. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive, 8 pm, free.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY--The astounding Andre Watts returns to thunder atop the ivories for Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. Organist Carole Terry joins the Symphony for Samuel Barber's Toccata festiva which should be a dazzler, too. David Diamond's Symphony No. 2 rounds out the program. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $10-$69.
OUT OF TOWN
DEL McCOURY BAND: Thurs June 14, Aladdin Theatre, Portland
RICHMOND FONTAINE: Thurs June 14, Roseland Grill, Portland
LORDS OF LIGHTSPEED, HARKONEN, THE GO-CART THEORY, THE NARROWS: Fri June 15, Arrowspace, Olympia.
JUNO REACTOR, MEDICINE DRUM: Fri June 15, B Complex, Portland
KOOL KEITH: Sat June 16, Crystal Ballroom, Portland
MICHELLE SHOCKED: Sat June 16, Aladdin Theatre, Portland
HERMAN'S HERMITS: Sat June 16, Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester
CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Sun June 17, Aladdin Theatre, Portland
COLDPLAY: Sun June 17, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC
CHERRY VALENCE, NEBULA: Sun June 17, Starfish Room, Vancouver, BC
THE ARSONISTS, THE BEATNUTS: Sun June 17, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC; Mon June 18, Crystal Ballroom, Portland
Headed to Portland? Visit www.portlandmercury.com.