Worth a Look: Radiohead orchestral work and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, catch the North American premiere of an orchestral work by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, check out images of animals in ancient manuscripts and view springtime art in Palo Alto.


Australian Chamber Orchestra

What do Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood have in common? They're all on the program next Friday, when the Australian Chamber Orchestra comes to Stanford. Known for its adventurous spirit and stylistic range, the ACO will present both classical and contemporary music, including the North American premiere of Greenwood's "Water," a work for strings, piano and tambura: a long-necked East Asian stringed instrument that produces a haunting drone when played.

Also on the program are Haydn's Symphony No. 83 in G Minor ("The Hen"), as well as Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major and Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.

Says ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti of Greenwood, "I believe he's the first celebrated pop musician who has been able to straddle the world of classical music."

The ACO will perform at Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, go to live.stanford.edu or call 650-724-2464.


Palo Alto Camera Club

This Friday, April 3, from 5:30-8 p.m., Palo Alto's Pacific Art League (668 Ramona St.) hosts an opening reception for two new exhibitions. "Spring is in the Air," juried by gallerist Catharine Clark of San Francisco, is a group exhibition of works in a variety of media, all of which reflect the new season. An exhibition of images by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club will also be on display as part of the group's annual photography competition.

Both shows will be on view through April 23. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Entrance to the gallery is free and open to the public, as is the reception. For more information, go to pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891.


'Beasts and Books'

Our sweet little kitties and loyal dogs are dear to us, but the relationship between humans and animals is far more complex than that, argues Stanford University scholar Mackenzie Cooley. In her new exhibition, "Beasts & Books," opening April 6 at Stanford's Cecil H. Green Library (557 Escondido Mall), Cooley looks at the long history of Western society's relationship to and depiction of animals, and considers how our study of the animal world might improve our stewardship of the environment.

Among the works on display are manuscripts, treatises and rare books, from medieval bestiaries and world maps to illustrated Aesop fables.

Books & Beasts will be on view through Aug. 22 in the library's Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda. Viewing hours are Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visitors without Stanford ID must register with a government-issued ID at the entrance. To learn more, go to library.stanford.edu or call 650-723-0931.

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