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April’s top arts events

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Celebrated Austin flamenco troupe A’lante takes a contemporary look at immigration and gentrification through the musical and theatrical lens of the traditional flamenco experience.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchestra. 8 p.m. Monday. Bass Concert Hall, 2305 Robert Dedman Drive. $36-$42. 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org.

Suave and debonair, Berlin crooner Max Raabe returns with his 12-member Palast Orchestra and their stylish repertoire of 1920s and 1930s music, from early jazz standards to torch songs to foxtrots to stylish tangos.

“Esprit.” April 16-26. Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $23-$34. 512-474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org. Tapestry Dance Company once again marshals a celebration of world music with a collaborative concert featuring, among others, classical Indian dancer Anu Naimpally, Zein Al-Jundi and the Bint El Balad Bellydance Ensemble, the Irish Dance Company, Lannaya African Drum and Dance Ensemble and Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico.

“Desplazados.” April 17-26. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St. $23. www.alanteflamenco.com

With its hybrid Muslim, Jewish, Gypsy and Spanish influences, flamenco music and dance have long represented the art of migratory cultures. Celebrated Austin flamenco troupe A’lante takes a contemporary look at immigration and gentrification through the musical and theatrical lens of the traditional flamenco experience. The company’s five dancers and five musicians perform a new show, “Desplazados,” or “the displaced ones.”

Austin Dance Festival. April 18. Austin Ventures Studio Theatre, Ballet Austin, 501. W. Third St. $10-$25. 512-934-1082,www.kdhdance.com

Some 23 modern dance companies from around the country alight into town for a fast-paced one-day festival, including San Antonio’s SpareWorks Dance, Houston’s MET Dance Company, ModArts Dance Collective of North Hollywood, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance from Dallas. Presented by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance.

“How Little You Are.” 8 p.m. April 18. Bass Concert Hall, 2305 Robert Dedman Drive. $36-$45. 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org. One the most highly anticipated events of the arts season comes from Nico Muhly, the 33-year-old composer whose phenomenal talents have made him one of the most sought-after composers in the world. Texas Performing Arts commissioned Muhly for a Texas-specific new piece, “How Little You Are.” Using letters and writings by 19th-century Texas pioneer women, Muhly crafted a shimmering yet poignant concert-length piece for choir and 12 guitars. Grammy-winning choir Conspirare performs along with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet and Texas Guitar Quartet.

Trouble Puppet Theatre’s “The Wars of Heaven, Part 1.” April 23-May 17. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. www.troublepuppet.com. Ever-inventive Trouble Puppet Theatre launches the first chapter of its original epic three-part Miltonic saga, in which timeless ideas and issues are dramatized by little handmade puppets.

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” April 25-May 3. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $15-$200. 512-474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org. Austin Opera stages Mozart’s dark comedy of seduction and manipulation featuring Morgan Smith in the title role.