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Best of the week, Oct. 11-17: Arts

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin


“Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” UT’s department of theater presents Frederick Knott’s 1952 classic stage thriller that Alfred Hitchcock later made a film noir classic. Set in 1950s London, a frustrated husband concocts a plot to murder his wealthy wife. But when the scheme goes awry, he devises a sinister backup plan to get her out of the picture for good. 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Building, UT campus. $15-$25. 512-477-6060,


“Honor and Celebrate.” The chamber choir of Chorus Austin performs Poulenc’s “Un soir de neige” and Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” with baritone soloist Eric Johnson. Gil Zilkha is baritone soloist in Norman Dello Joio’s “Songs of Walt Whitman.” Austin composer Donald Grantham’s “We Remember Them” is also on the program. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St. 4 p.m. Sunday. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. $15-$20. 512-719-3300.


Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet. It seems strange that the foremost new music string quartet in the world, the Kronos Quartet, has never before collaborated with a pioneering sound artist Laurie Anderson. But thanks to a co-commission from University of Texas, Kronos and Anderson teamed up to create “Landfall,” a multi-media music piece that blends music and text, a work inspired by Hurricane Sandy. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Bass Concert Hall, UT campus, 2450 Robert Dedman Dr. $38-$48. 512-477-6060,