Austin American-Statesman - - ARTS -

Austin Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Fri­day: Ca­vani String Quar­tet with Michelle Schu­mann plays Brahms Quin­tet in F mi­nor, Szy­manowski Quar­tet No. 2, Beethoven Opus 18, No. 2. Satur­day: Alt-jazz trio the Bad Plus. Sun­day: Brentano String Quar­tet plays Beethoven Quar­tet in E flat ma­jor, Haydn Quar­tet in F ma­jor and Stephen Hartke’s ‘Night Songs for a Desert Flower.’ All con­certs at 7:30 p.m. Bates Recital Hall, Uni­ver­sity of Texas Mu­sic Build­ing, 2350 Robert Ded­man Drive. $25 per con­cert. www.austin­cham­ber­mu­

‘Melan­choly Play.’ Palin­drome The­atre presents Sarah Ruhl’s con­tem­po­rary farce, a wry med­i­ta­tion on suf­fer­ing, love and life. Ruhl, twice a fi­nal­ist for the Pulitzer Prize, sets the ac­tion in a small town in mid-Amer­ica whose cheer­ful res­i­dents are baf­fled by a melan­choly stranger. Opens 8 p.m. Fri­day. Show con­tin­ues 8 p.m. Thurs­days-Satur­days, 5 p.m. Sun­days through Aug. 8. Austin Play­house, Penn Field, 3601 S. Congress Ave. — Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

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