by Christopher DeLaurenti


MANUEL BARRUECO--It seems to be an immutable law of touring Classical guitarists: Thou shalt play Bach. A deft and agile player, Barrueco performs Bach pieces that other guitarists love or dread: the Chaconne in D minor and the Lute Suite in E major. Along with a clutch of Jazz pianist Chick Corea's Children's Songs, the Cuban guitarist also plays music by Rodrigo and Fariñez. Recital Hall at Benaroya, 200 University St, 297-8788, 7:30 pm, $22-$28.

SEATTLE COMPOSERS SALON--Local composers present and perform finished works, previews, and works-in-progress. Composer Tom Baker curates an eclectic collection of acoustic and electronic music as well as facilitates an informal discussion to help nervous composers explain themselves. Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St, 417-2690, 8 pm, $5 donation.


DAY OF MUSIC--Once a year the folks at Benaroya book almost everything under the sun and throw the doors open to the public. You can catch the Seattle Symphony at 2 and 3:15 pm, but many Classical and other community arts groups will be performing throughout the day, too. To alleviate long lines, the doors open an hour before the performances at 10 am. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 11 am to 6 pm, free.

EARLY MUSIC GUILD--In honor of Mary Queen of Scots, the EMG has cobbled together a concert of Scottish Gaelic songs, poetry by Elizabeth I, courtly dance music, chansons, and English composer William Byrd's Lament, which was inspired by Mary's execution. On Sunday, the family version of this concert presents excerpts, costumes, a demonstration of early music (pre-Bach) instruments, and, I hope, omits the gory details. Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, 325-7066, 8 pm, $10/$15. Also Sept 30 at 3 pm, $10, kids free.


PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA--Since we're not in New York, visiting orchestras come to town all too infrequently. Back in the '60s and '70s, the Philadelphians were renowned for their precise yet fulsome sound. Under the no-nonsense Mitteleuropa conducting of Wolfgang Sawallisch, the orchestra has enjoyed a comeback and is worth hearing. Slated for the program is Smetana's The Moldau, Elgar's Enigma Variations, and Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $26-$80.


EMERSON STRING QUARTET--Apart from Crumb's Black Angels, the quartets of Béla Bartók remain the pinnacle of 20th century string quartet music. While not a fiery or famed innovator like Schoenberg or Stravinsky, Bartók challenged the bugbear of tonal music while staying true to the rhythmically vital folk music of his native Hungary. The Emersons tackle the first two of the six Bartók quartets along with a Beethoven middle-period "Razumovsky" quartet, op. 59, no. 1. Meany Theater, UW campus, 543-4880, 8 pm, $30.


ALABAMA Thurs Sept 27, General Motors Palace, Vancouver, BC

BLACKFIRE Thurs Sept 27, Evergreen State College, Olympia

GEORGE WINSTON Thurs Sept 27, Pantages Theatre, Tacoma

WINDOWPANE, RETROGRADE Fri Sept 28, Shoboat, Tacoma

MOTÖRHEAD Fri Sept 28, Crystal Ballroom, Portland

PEEPSHOW Sat Sept 29, Shoboat, Tacoma

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GOSPEL CHOIR Sat Sept 29, Historic Everett Theatre, Everett

PAUL de LAY Sat Sept 29, Wild Buffalo, Bellingham

KARMA Sat Sept 29, Berbati's Pan, Portland

RATT, HELL'S BELLES Sat Sept 29, Crystal Ballroom, Portland

ROCK THE BOOKS w/ BLÖÖDHAG, NUTHOUSE Sat Sept 29, Downtown Public Library, Tacoma

ORGANIC MUSIC FESTIVAL Sat Sept 29, Olympia World News, Olympia

BACHIR & MUSTAPHA ATTAR Sat Sept 29, Western Washington University, Bellingham

Q-BURNS ABSTRACT MESSAGE Sun Sept 30, Sonar, Vancouver, BC

BACKSTREET BOYS, SISQO Mon Oct 1, General Motors Palace, Vancouver, BC

A.F.I. Tues Oct 2, Crystal Ballroom, Portland

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