Music: Spring Arts Preview 2012

6 events and 3 new albums reflect the wide range of Seattle’s music scene.

Superstar soprano Renée Fleming joins the Seattle Symphony to stun the audience with her spectacular vocals (conducted by music director Ludovic Morlot) on a diverse mix of compositions by Maurice Ravel, Ben Gibbard, Leonard Cohen and others.
3/16. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;

If you've been missing the retired maestro Gerard Schwarz, never fear, the conductor laureate is here—quite a bit, actually, conducting the Seattle Symphony in several heavy hitters this spring, including Mahler’s First Symphony (4/5–4/7),  Mozart’s Requiem (5/18–5/19) and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle (5/15 & 5/17).

Times and prices vary. benaroya hall, 200 university st.; 206.215.4747;

For those about to rock, EMP salutes you with a new AC/DC exhibit, AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels. A virtual Highway to Hell, the show features more than 400 “artifacts,” including concert footage and tour costumes (which we hope were dry-cleaned first).

4/28–9/23. Times and prices vary. EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N; 206.770.2700;

The Seattle Rock Orchestra pays tribute to the Beatles, playing the albums Rubber Soul and Revolver in their entireties, with guest singers from the local rock and musical theater community.
5/12–5/13. Times and prices vary. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 877.784.4849;

Never before performed on the McCaw Hall stage, Puccini's Madama Butterfly flutters in to Seattle Opera, bringing tragic love, gorgeous costumes and soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San.

5/13–5/19. Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.389.7676;

In The Gurs Zyklus, Seattle sound artist Trimpin brings the voices of the Holocaust alive via musical sculptures and vocalists that tell an operatic story based on letters sent from the Gurs internment camp.

5/17–5/20. 8 p.m. $20. On the Boards, 100 W Roy; 206.217.9888; 

New Local Albums
Three March debuts reflect the wide range of Seattle’s music scene
Thee Satisfaction: Awe Naturale (Sub Pop).

Irresistible grooves on the first full-length album by Seattle’s funky female hip-hop duo.
Lindsay Fuller: You, Anniversary (ATO Records).

Smart, mournful folk rock from the local singer-songwriter fresh off her tour with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.
Poor Moon: Illusion (Sub Pop).
Retro indie rock from the new band featuring Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott of the Fleet Foxes.