What to Do This Fall: Music Events

From opera to a jazz fest, our picks for the best musical acts in town

By Brangien Davis and Dana Standish

914fallartsmusic

September 10, 2014

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Seattle Magazine.

JAZZ
The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 performances, including an opening-night birthday tribute to Thelonious Monk, “Monk 10/10,” featuring 10 of Seattle’s best jazz pianists playing works by the jazz genius, and a 10-piece ensemble led by local jazz pioneer Wayne Horvitz. Seattle’s avant-jazz scene is well represented at the fest, with performances by Beth “Crystal Beth” Fleenor and Industrial Revelation; plus, Seattle vocalist Johnaye Kendrick sings sweet songs, and legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders works his woodwind magic. 10/10–11/11. Times, prices and venues vary. earshot.org

CLASSICAL
Late-20th-century Czech composer Antonín Dvořák dominates the season at the Seattle Symphony, with Ludovic Morlot conducting several of his masterworks over three weeks. We suggest the performance of Symphony No. 9 in E minor (aka “From the New World”), the energetic, rhythmic work Dvořák wrote when he was living in New York City, featuring a guest appearance by violinist Hilary Hahn. Also on the bill (10/2 and 10/4 only) is contemporary composer John Adams’ lively “Lollapalooza,” which captures a new world of a different sort. 10/2–10/4. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747; seattlesymphony.org

OPERA
The Seattle Opera kicks off the season—its first with new general director Aidan Lang at the helm—with Don Giovanni, by the one, the only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Premiered in 1787, “The Don” still captivates as it chronicles the last 24 hours of a lothario who delights in philandering, conniving and killing. Spoiler alert: In the end, the jerk gets his comeuppance. 10/18–11/1. Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.389.7676; seattleopera.org

Read all of our picks for fall arts, including theater, film and more here.

 

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Seattle Artifacts: The Mystery of Chief Seattle’s Death Mask

Is it real? Where did it come from?

In different parts of the world, and throughout the course of history, death has been memorialized in a variety of different ways. One of the more intriguing was death masks. Typically, a wax or plaster cast was made of a deceased person’s face, which then served as a model for sculptors when creating statues and busts.  …

Photography by Sage Chen

The Art of Weathering Winter: Foraging, Bathing, and Gold Dust

Two Seattle Chefs on the Soothing Hobbies that Get Them through the Winter

Though I’ve lived in Seattle nearly my entire life, the early winter sunsets, which fall like a set of blackout curtains over the world, never fail to feel like a curse. This year, though, I wanted to challenge myself to find a better way to get through it. Could it be an opportunity to surrender…

DSC_5132 copy 2 hero-min

Hip-Hop Healing in Seattle

Rapper Carter Costello’s house is more than just a venue for artists

The last time I was at Seattle rapper Carter Costello’s house was under the cloak of night. I had been invited to an art and music show — featuring Seattle photographer and artist Baby Claypool, a duo of fire dancers, rapper Nobi and Costello — by local photographer James Gerde. Once I set foot on…

Seattle artist and curator Anthony White challenges consumerism and societal hierarchy in his work.

Seattle’s Prince of Plastic

Artist Anthony White’s work offers deep, and sometimes uncomfortable, cultural commentary

Overheard conversation at artist Anthony White’s current exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum plays out like a zeitgeisty spoken-word soundtrack that weaves between the past and present, hitting various cultural milestones along the way. “Is that Lindsay Lohan?” “Look, Nintendo!” “Do you notice the Greek columns?” “Ah, Lisa Frank!” The joyful cacophony is a reaction…