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Archives: Feb. 2011

Feb.
28th

Youtz percussion premiere a huge success

I wasn’t able to stay for the whole of Sunday afternoon’s concert by the Tacoma Symphony (Schubert’s Ninth Symphony) but I’m very glad I was there for the first half – and 800 other people in the Rialto agreed with me. Standing and whistling for the orchestra, soloists Amy Putnam and Matthew Drum and, above all, composer Greg Youtz, the full house showed the TSO just what a stunning piece they’d just premiered – Youtz’ Duo Concerto for Percussion.

Commissioned by the TSO, Youtz’ concerto was inspired not just by world music styles of percussion but by the orchestra’s

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Feb.
27th

Tacoma Concert Band celebrates 30 years with flair

The Tacoma Concert Band definitely had something worth celebrating last Saturday night at its 30th Anniversary Spectacular concert in the Pantages Theater – great playing, innovative programming and a whole lot of commitment.

Putting together a varied program that pulled from the band’s 30 years of going way beyond the Sousa box was founding director Robert Musser, careful and competent with the baton. After a Sousa march (the very first piece the band ever played) came a string of vibrant favorites, played with flair: the March from Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphoses,” with its ominous-turned-triumphant theme just slightly messy, but offset

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Feb.
25th

Critic’s Picks: Rockwell at TAM, Tacoma Symphony, Gig Harbor trio and Tacoma Urban Orchestra

Norman Rockwell at TAM

‘American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” features 42 paintings and 323 original magazine covers by the iconic 20th-century American illustrator, and opens at Tacoma Art Museum this weekend with curator lecture, art activities and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., then 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed-Sun, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays through May 30. $9/$8/free for five and under and 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Tacoma Symphony plays world percussion premiere

This Sunday the Tacoma Symphony plays a brand-new concerto for duo percussion by local composer Greg Youtz, along with Debussy’s

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Feb.
24th

Happy Birthday, Children’s Museum of Tacoma!

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is celebrating its 25th birthday this year with a party on the 25th of each month, especially this one. On Feb. 25 museum visitors get 25c admission, birthday-themed crafts and activities, edible treats, playdough cupcake decorating and face painting.

The celebrations continue on the 25th of March, April, May and June.

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday at 936 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-6031, www.childrensmuseumoftacoma.org

Feb.
23rd

Happy Anniversary, Tacoma Concert Band!

The Tacoma Concert Band celebrates its 30th anniversary year with a special concert this Saturday, featuring trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti, who has played in over 40 countries with jazz greats such as Woody Herman, “Doc” Severinsen and Chick Corea, and classical ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic and the Tokyo Symphony. The program directed by founder Robert Musser also includes band favorites such as Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphoses” and the music from “Star Wars.”

To commemorate this community band’s anniversary, Governor Christine Gregoire has also declared Feb. 26 “Tacoma Concert Band Day.”

7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. $15/$10/free for 16 and under.

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Feb.
22nd

“Asher Lev” deals with suffering and triumph

This is in no way a formal review: TNT critic Alec Clayton will be penning a far more considered one in an upcoming GO guide, and I’ll leave that to him. Knowing that, I went to “My Name Is Asher Lev” anyway this weekend at Theatre on the Square, mostly out of curiosity to see not only this Jewish play that means so much to Lakewood Playhouse director (and Baptist minister) Marcus Walker, but also just what Walker’s cast would make of it.

Because, as I wrote in last week’s GO, Walker is seriously ill with a stage four metastatic

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Feb.
21st

The Esoterics sing light and darkness with impeccable skill

At last, The Esoterics are back in Tacoma. After a year’s absence due to financial and audience struggles, the a cappella Seattle choir made a triumphant return Saturday night at Christ Episcopal Church with a program they’d sung here before: Chiaroscura. With text and music blending light, darkness, life and death, the program’s three pieces reminded Tacomans once again just why it’s so important to have this choir around: No-one else sings such challenging work with such consummate skill and passion.

Opening with South African-born English composer John Joubert, the choir sang two of his motets. “Sleep canticle,” based on

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Feb.
18th

Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “Ghostbusters,” “Asher Lev” at TOTS, Liszt at UPS and Klee Wyk art at WSHM

Click Flick: “Ghostbusters”

This month’s Click Flick at the Grand Cinema is the classic 1980s comedy “Ghostbusters” – just try not to sing along. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

“My Name is Asher Lev” theater collaboration

Lakewood Playhouse collaborates with the Broadway Center to present the Northwest premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” an adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel about a young Jewish artist conflicted between tradition and self-expression. Opens 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, then 3 p.m. and

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