by Christopher DeLaurenti
NORTHWEST CHAMBER ORCHESTRA--Actually, the NWCO has dispatched a string quartet from its ranks to do their part for this lunch time concert series. Count on bread-and-butter Classical. Two Union Square, 6th and Union, noon, free.
UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA--Conductor Jeremy Briggs Roberts leads this talented student band in Corelli's Concerto Grosso in D Major, op. 6 no. 7 and Dvorak's Serenade for Winds in D minor, op. 44. They will also perform Haydn's Symphony no. 44 in E minor, dubbed the "Tragic" because back then, symphonies with silly nicknames were easier to sell. Brechemin Auditorium, UW campus, 685-8384, 7:30 pm, free.
TACOMA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL--I always cringe when a Classical music festival adopts a grandiose appellation. While I applaud booking stellar performers like Kathleen Battle, Byron Janis, and Jon Nakamatsu, limiting the festival to European Classical composers circa 1675-1935 looks tawdry: It's like proclaiming yourself Grand Galactic Emperor when you actually rule several solar systems and some stray moons. Maybe inserting "Classical Chamber" proved too long for the brochure. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, (253) 591-5894 or www.tacomamusicfestival.com, 8 pm, $31-$88. Also Thurs Aug 16, Sat Aug 18, and Sun Aug 19 $14-$58.
ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL--Alongside Classical, Folk, Rock, and Jazz, this festival has a healthy dose of the Avant, including the Animist Orchestra, Ensemble Non Grata, Christian Swenson, Bill Horist, Gamelan Pacifica, and the Knotty Ensemble. Assorted composers and sound artists collaborate on sound installations and performances at each cabin, too. Both days start with "moving circles of sound" where wandering musicians--trombonist Stuart Dempster, dried-kelp virtuoso Suzie Kozawa, stringboard maker Dave Knott, and others--coalesce and fragment into groups throughout the camp. Camp Long, 5200 35th SW, 923-0853 or www.naturec.org, 10 am-7 pm, free. Also Sun. Aug 19.
MARROWSTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL--Glenn Gould was right: early Beethoven is very addictive. I'm always pleased when pieces like the Piano Trio in C minor, op. 1, no. 3 crop up at concerts. Also on the program: Brahms' Four Serious Songs arranged for bass trombone and piano as well as Schubert's Trout Quintet. Western Washington University Concert Hall, Bellingham, (360) 362-2300, 3 pm, $14-$18.
OWEN CANNON--As part of their squeaky-clean "Young Artists at the Organ" series, plucky 17-year old Owen Cannon performs works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, and Locklair. Cannon, a prize winning organist, was recently featured on radio's "From the Top," so you know he means business. Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, (425) 745-1316, 7 pm, $5-$10.
MILLINGTON/CALLAND--To celebrate the one-year anniversary of St. James' Rosales pipe organ, this London-based duo play stirring voluntaries for organ and trumpet. St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave, 382-4874, 7:30 pm, $15.
OUT OF TOWN
DUTCH FLAT, THE LIGHTS: Thurs Aug 16, Showoff Gallery, Bellingham.
DIRTBOMBS, THE REAL PILLS, STAGGER LEE, THE NEARLY DEADS: Thurs Aug 16, Satyricon, Portland
TRICKY WOO: Thurs Aug 16, Starfish Room, Vancouver, BC
DWIGHT YOAKAM: Fri Aug 17, Fox Theater, Spokane
WESTERN IDAHO FAIR w/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS, WYNONNA: Fri-Wed Aug 17-22, Boise
THE JOHN DOE THING, SEAN CROGHAN, THE OBLIVION SEEKERS, THE VOLUMEN: Fri Aug 17, Satyricon, Portland
CITIZEN FISH, JUNO, TED LEOA, THE PHARMACISTS: Fri Aug 17, Meow Meow, Portland
X, SUPERSUCKERS, MAGSTATIC: Fri Aug 17, Roseland, Portland
THE MOODY BLUES: Sat Aug 18, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
LIVING LEGENDS, ACEYALONE, ABSTRACT RUDE, SWOLLEN MEMBER, DJ MACKRICE: Sat Aug 18, Roseland, Portland
OWLS, 31 KNOTS, AVEO, GET HUSTLE: Sun Aug 19, Meow Meow, Portland
FASTER PUSSYCAT: Tue Aug 21, Double Dribble, Spokane
KINSKI: Wed Aug 22, Meow Meow, Portland