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Originally published Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:10 AM

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5 concerts for (classical) lovers

Valentine’s weekend is loaded with classical-music concerts in the Seattle area, including programs by NW Sinfonietta, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Demarre McGill, The King’s Singers and Seattle Symphony.

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Does classical music make your heart beat faster? If so, you have your choice of activities Feb. 14-16, all with far fewer calories than chocolate:

• NW Sinfonietta, “Soundscapes — Go Green”: A program with this title naturally includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral,” with Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” and “The Hebrides” overture by Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; (concerts also in Tacoma/Puyallup) $42 (206-215-4747 or

• Northwest Symphony Orchestra, “Latin Passion”: Hot stuff! Conductor Anthony Spain will lead the NSO in Bizet’s “Carmen” Suite No. 1; Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien; Ravel’s “Bolero”; and a work called “Salsa” by local composer Ian Guthrie. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien; $10-$15 (206-242-6321 or

• Simple Measures, “The Magic of the Flute”: Seattle Symphony principal flutist Demarre McGill (currently filling that position with the Dallas Symphony) returns to Seattle for an evening of works accompanied by a string quartet of local notables Elisa Barston, Michael Jinsoo Lim, Melia Watras and Rajan Krishnaswami. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Good Shepherd Chapel, Seattle, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, Town Hall Seattle; $15-$30 (206-853-5672 or

• The King’s Singers, “In Memoriam Josquin des Prez”: The British sextet salutes the unbelievably prolific Renaissance composer as well as Jean Richafort and Maurice Durufle. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Town Hall Seattle; $42 (206-325-7066 or

• Seattle Symphony, “The Fantastique”: Music director Ludovic Morlot will lead the orchestra in Berlioz’s gem about a lovelorn artist, and guest cellist Xavier Phillips will perform Schumann’s very short and very lovely Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or

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