Seattle Symphony has a busy weekend coming up:
—On Thursday, the orchestra will present an all-Russian program: the U.S. premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s “Night Butterflies,” along with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from “The Snow Maiden” and Tchaikovsky’s famous “Pathetique” Symphony — the composer’s last, and he led its debut just nine days before he died in 1893. Pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama will be the guest soloist. Concerts repeat Saturday and Sunday.
–The orchestra’s annual Celebrate Asia concert is Friday, with guest conductor Julia Tai; 2009 Van Cliburn gold medalist Haochen Zhang and dan tranh player Nguyen Thanh Thuy, among others. The program will include the premiere of a work by Richard Karpen, head of the UW School of Music, for Vietnamese and Western instruments.
–Continuing the Russian theme, the orchestra is hosting a free/open-to-the-public conference, “Creative Diaspora: Emigre Composers from the Former USSR,” Saturday-Sunday at Benaroya Hall. Presenters will discuss such topics as “The Incurable Russian Soul: Seattle Discovers Russian Music, 1903-54”; “Whose Home and Where? Russian School Composers in Israel”; and “Historical Features of Jazz Migration in the USSR and Russia to the USA.” The symposium includes pre- and post-concert talks Saturday evening.