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This week’s top arts events

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Today and Friday

Grupo Corpo. Back by popular demand. Brazil’s renowned modern dance troupe returns after its thrilling 2009 performance. Grupo Corpo’s singular style merges the sharp angles of modern dance and the rhythmic complexity of Afro-Brazilian dance with the sharpness of classical ballet. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Bass Concert Hall, UT campus. $10$42. 477-6060.

Friday and Saturday

Washington García and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Now a professor at Texas State University, Ecudorean-born pianist Washington García will perform Tchaikovsky’s dramatic, sweeping Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Festival Coronation March for Alexander III and Copeland’s Symphony No. 3. 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dell Hall, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. $23-$54.

Friday and Sunday

“The Cataract.” Playwright and UT alumna Lisa D’Amour debuts her latest play, a quiet yet potent drama that finds a staid Midwestern couple in 1880s Minnesota who take in a strange pair of vagabond lovers from the South. 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 24-27; 2 p.m. 21, 27-28. B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Building, UT campus. $15-$25. 477-6060.


“Soundspace: Space and Symmetry.” Prepare to be amazed. The last time Steven Parker, composer-in-residence at the Blanton Museum, staged a sprawling performance in the University of Texas art museum, more than 400 people turned out. Now, Parker gets big again with the Texas premiere of ‘Orbits,’ a work by visionary spatial composer Henry Brant featuring 80 trombones, a soprano and organ, all assembled in the museum’s soaring two-story atrium. And if that weren’t enough, also included on the program is a theatrical work by composer Karlheinz Stockhausen that incorporates physical movement and some interactive works for guitar and theremin. 2 p.m. Sunday. Blanton Museum of Art, 202 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free with museum admission ($5-$9). — Jeanne Claire van Ryzin