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Critic’s Picks: Saxophone at UPS, koto duo at TAM, “Spring Awakening” and Brass Unlimited

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 21, 2011 at 6:07 am with No Comments »
January 14, 2011 10:10 am

UPS sax concert

“Saxophones and Friends” at the University of Puget Sound tonight features local performers Fred Winkler on saxophones, Duane Hulbert on piano, Michael Nicolella on guitar and Maria Sampen on violin playing eclectic new compositions, including Libby Larsen’s “Bid Call,” based on the rapid-fire patter of an auctioneer. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50 general/$8.50 seniors and students/free for current UPS students. Schneebeck Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma.253-879-3419, www.pugetsound.edu/events

“Sounds of Brass” at St. Mark’s Lutheran

Brass Unlimited is hosting the 13th annual “Sounds of Brass Concert” featuring soloist Danielle Lemieux on french horn and a program including Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” and Danny Elfman’s “A Brass Thing.” 3 p.m. Jan. 23. Free. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma. 253-759-9511, www.brassunlimited.org

Silken koto strings at TAM

Tacoma Art Museum hosts the Silk Strings duo, playing a concert on koto and other Japanese instruments in a wide range of music from traditional to contemporary. Ticket also includes a docent-led tour of “Edo to Tacoma” print exhibition prior to concert. 3 p.m. Jan. 22. $15/$10 members/$5 for students. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

“Spring Awakening” plays the Pantages

This rock musical adaptation of a controversial 1891 German play about teenage sexuality – originally banned due to its frank exploration of topics like masturbation, child abuse and suicide – got eight Tony awards, including best musical. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 22. $38/$58/$68/$80.  Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

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