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Romantic Valentine’s date, plan A: Northwest Sinfonietta Jazz in Puyallup (yes, Puyallup)

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2010 at 11:10 am |
February 8, 2010 11:23 am
Singer Stephanie Porter. Photo courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

A sexy, jazzy Valentine’s Day date in Puyallup? You better believe it. If you haven’t already planned your date for this Sunday, here’s a great idea all laid out for you: the Northwest Sinfonietta Jazz Quartet in “Music for Lovers” with sultry singer Stephanie Porter, cabaret-style in the Pioneer Park Pavilion at 7 p.m.

It’s the first concert for the Sinfonietta since their move to be the resident professional orchestra in Puyallup a few weeks ago. The residency adds to existing ones at the Rialto Theater, Tacoma, and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and means regular appearances there by the orchestra, as well as a better rental (free, actually) and a chance to play in an informal, cabaret-style venue. Plus, it’s a new audience.

“It’s a very enthusiastic community there,” says NS executive director Neil Birnbaum.

The Northwest Sinfonietta Jazz Quartet at Pioneer Park Pavilion. Photo courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

The kick-off program this Sunday evening features a small version of the Sinfonietta – the jazz quartet, made up of Pearl Django guitarist Neil Andersson, violinist James Garlick, bassist Todd Larsen and conductor Christophe Chagnard playing guitar. The group plays the hot-club Paris jazz of Django Reinhardt and the like, and will be collaborating later in the month with Tacoma City Ballet. Their guest artist Stephanie Porter is Seattle-based, and for 15 years has sung jazz and blues up and down the West Coast including festivals and gigs like the Triple Door. There’ll also be light snacks, dessert and drinks available for purchase at the show.

The Sinfonietta’s Puyallup residency means a whole lot more than just a Valentine’s Day concert, however. April 18 will see the orchestra play Mozart’s beloved “Requiem,” and tomorrow will have the ensemble at Puyallup High School for its educational program “Orchestra at Work,” which lets students into the rehearsal process, sitting close to the instruments they themselves play and allowing them to chat with musicians.

“Music for Lovers,” featuring the Northwest Sinfonietta Jazz Quartet and Stephanie Porter, will play at 7 p.m. February 14 at Pioneer Park Pavilion, 300 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. Tickets are $20, from 800-838-2006 or www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit www.nwsinfonietta.org

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