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Originally published Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:15 AM

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5 ways to enjoy classical music in the Seattle area, April 26-27

A wrapup of classical concerts by the Seattle, Northwest and Auburn symphonies and Philharmonia Northwest, plus a Metropolitan Opera broadcast for good measure, during the weekend of April 26-27, 2014.


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It’s a big weekend for local orchestras and the patrons who love them. Happenings include a Met favorite, a CD-release concert, exquisite Brahms and a “Carnival of the Animals.” A selection of notable happenings Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27:

• Mozart fans will want to take in Saturday’s “Met Live in HD” broadcast of “Cosi fan tutte,” conducted by James Levine and including rising star Susanna Phillips. You can see the opera at 9:55 a.m. Saturday at Pacific Place in Seattle and Lincoln Square in Bellevue, among many other screens. Complete list: fathomevents.com.

• It will be a night of pinnacles when Seattle Symphony’s well-regarded concertmaster Alexander Velinzon tackles the challenging but exalted Brahms Violin Concerto in D major (1878). The SSO will also jump ahead in time and perform Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra (1943), considered the composer’s finest work. 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $19-$112 (seattlesymphony.org).

• Northwest Symphony Orchestra closes its season with a CD-release celebration featuring soprano Alexandra Picard, who is backed by Anthony Spain and the NWSO on the new disc, “Dream Songs.” She’ll perform classic arias, and the orchestra will close the night with Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. Picard will meet patrons and sign copies of the CD. 8 p.m. Saturday, Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien; $12-$15 (206-242-6321 or northwestsymphonyorchestra.org).

Auburn Symphony Orchestra also bids goodbye to its season with “The Farewell” concert, with music director Stewart Kershaw leading the ASO in Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony of the same name, as well as Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Auburn Performing Arts Center, Auburn; $10-$34 (253-887-7777 or auburnsymphony.org).

• Philharmonia Northwest and music director Julia Tai invite families to “It’s a Carnival!” featuring works such as Milhaud’s “The Ox on the Roof,” Cornish faculty Emily Doolittle’s “Why the Parrot Repeats Human Words” and Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Instrument Petting Zoo is at 1:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Seattle; $15-$20 (800-838-3000 or www.brownpapertickets.com).

Seattle Times staff



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