Arts picks for the week of March 22-28
Ballet Austin’s “Director’s Choice.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. March 29. Dell Hall, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. www.balletaustin.org
Up first in Ballet Austin’s mix repertoire program is a restaging of Stephen Mills’ sensual and athletic “One: The Body’s Grace,” set to music by Bach and Handel.
Then it’s two new short ballets by a pair of emerging choreographers.
Jennifer Hart — a New York City Ballet Fellowship recipient — uses the ethereal music of Gavin Bryars for a new short ballet, which Ballet Austin commissioned.
And Jimmy Orrante — a participant in Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American Talent: Dance competition — debuts a new work set to the music of tango composer Astor Piazzolla.
“Four Seasons for Wind Quintet.” New compositions by Butler School of Music faculty Donald Grantham, and Dan Welcher and Yevgeniy Sharlat were conceived as companion pieces to and will be performed with Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $10-$20. Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. www.music.utexas.edu.
“The Big Picture.” Grammy nominated clarinetist and cultural visionary David Krakauer brings his live ensemble and multimedia exploration of the music found in “Sophie’s Choice,” “Life is Beautiful,” “The Pianist,” “Radio Days” and others. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. McCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Dedman Drive. $34. 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org
Cordova Quartet. The Butler School of Music’s young professional string quartet in residence gives its first recital, a free concert featuring a virtuosic selection from the string quartet repertoire: Haydn’s String Quartet No. 2, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 10 and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6. 7:30 p.m. Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. Free. www.music.utexas.edu.