Classical galore is on the bill in and around Seattle this weekend, with performances ranging from solo piano to full orchestra:
–You can’t beat free, can you? The Seattle Symphony performs at no charge at 7:30 Friday night at Chief Sealth High School, Seattle. Associate conductor Stilian Kirov will be on the podium.
–Andras Schiff, piano man of iron, will perform the complete Goldberg Variations by Bach, at 8 Friday night at Benaroya Hall.
–Speaking of piano, Northwest Sinfonietta launches its 23rd season with an appearance by pianist Joel Fan, on a program that includes works by Saint-Saens, Chopin and Schubert. The first of three weekend concerts is 7:30 Friday night at Benaroya’s Nordstrom Recital Hall. Others are in Tacoma on Saturday and Puyallup on Sunday.
–Auburn Symphony Orchestra offers the aptly named program “The Triumph of Tchaikovsky” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Auburn Performing Arts Center. The ASO will perform Tchaikovsky’s great Fourth Symphony and two works by Beethoven.
–Seattle Baroque Orchestra will be led by guest conductor/violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock in a program called “Musica Transalpina,” celebrating the vibrancy of instrumental music in Italy and Germany in the 18th century. 8 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall Seattle. Note: The SBO is in process of selecting a new music director; expect new faces leading concerts this season as candidates try out for the post.
–Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle also has guest soloists in town — violinist Yury Revich and cellist Serafimi Smigelskiy — who will perform with RCMF founder/pianist Natalya Ageyeva at 5 p.m. Sunday at Benaroya Hall’s Nordstrom Recital Hall. The “Autumn Evenings” program features works by Arensky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Zimbalist.