Everett Symphony will join Brahms and Barber

Samuel Barber and Johannes Brahms … two expert craftsmen of composition. Brahms’ symphonic masterpiece, Symphony No. 2 in D, will be coupled with Barber’s lyrical and passionate Violin Concerto and Overture to “School for Scandal” in the Everett Symphony’s Maestro’s Choice concert tonight at Everett Civic Auditorium.

Everett Symphony conductor Paul-Elliott Cobbs has created a concert including some of his favorite pieces from some of his favorite composers.

Barber’s Violin Concerto features guest artist Karen Johnson.

Johnson is known internationally as a violin virtuoso. She began her studies at the age of 4 and by the age of 10 was studying at the University of Arizona. Under the direction of William Magers, she won several competitions including the Corpus Christi (Texas) International Young Artist Competition.

Johnson continued her studies at Julliard, where she served as the concertmaster of the Julliard School orchestras. Studying under Joel Smirnoff, she received her bachelor’s degree from Julliard and went on to receive her master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Johnson has performed throughout the United States and Europe. The Mesa (Ariz.) Tribune describes Johnson’s skill as “sparkling and courageous.”

Maestro’s Choice: Everett Symphony concert at 8 tonight, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets $10 to $30 at 425-258-1605 or the Everett Symphony office, 2710 Colby Ave.

Abdullah Chhadeh: 8 p.m. Saturday, Meany Theater, UW. Tickets $29 at the UW Arts Ticket Office (206-543-4880), www.uwworldseries.org. on

Tickets are $10 to $30 at 425-258-1605 or the Everett Symphony office, 2710 Colby Ave. The concert is at 8 p.m. at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett.

Abdullah Chhadeh: The UW World Music &Theatre Series concludes its 2005-2006 season on Saturday with Abdullah Chhadeh and his ensemble, Nara.

Chhadeh’s compositions speak of the people, places and emotions that have shaped his journey from East to West. Chhadeh has, with Nara, developed a sound that blends the unmistakably Arabic quanun with jazz double bass and Western percussion, as well as its more traditional counterparts, such as the nay, darbuka and Arabic accordion.

The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday at Meany Theater on the campus of the University of Washington. Tickets are $29 and are available at the UW Arts Ticket Office (206-543-4880) as well as online at www.uwworldseries.org.

A pre-show lecture is at 7:15 p.m. in the Meany Hall west lobby.

Abdullah Chhadeh performs Saturday in Seattle.

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