HERE & NOW
NOTHING EXPRESSES the dying light of summer, the shifting moods of love and the haunting presence of a faraway war like Paul Taylor's "Sunset." This 1983 work -- one of Taylor's most powerful and most mysterious, danced to music by Edward Elgar -- is the centerpiece of a one-night stand by the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Wolf Trap this week. Also on the program are two other Taylor standouts, "Arden Court" and "Promethean Fire."
-- Sarah Kaufman
At Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. $8 lawn, $34 in-house. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visithttp:/
SOPRANO DENYCE GRAVES is well known throughout the musical world but especially popular in the Washington area, where she was raised. On Thursday, the Wolf Trap Opera Company and the National Symphony Orchestra will present Bizet's "Carmen" in concert at Wolf Trap, with Graves in the smoldering leading role. Simon O'Neill will sing Don Jose and Stephen Lord will conduct. "Carmen" might just be the perfect introduction to opera; audiences of any age take to its mixture of potent melodies and fast-moving drama.
-- Tim Page
At Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Thursday night at 8. Tickets are $20 (lawn seating) to $65.Call 703-255-1900; or visit