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Archives: Nov. 2011


Critic’s Picks: Local craft-art fair at King’s Books, Dada at Toy Boat Theatre, Tacoma Symphony and small art at Madera

TSO clarinetist Craig Rine. Courtesy photo.

Tacoma Symphony with clarinetist Craig Rine

The Tacoma Symphony moves to the Rialto Theater this weekend for a performance of Bach, Copland and Schumann, including Copland’s Clarinet Concerto written for Benny Goodman and performed this weekend by the TSO’s own Craig Rine. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $12-$62. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9thSt., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

Craft fair for artist-made gifts

If the holidays are getting too commercial for you, support local artists by buying gifts that are truly unique at the annual Tacoma is For Lovers Craft Fair this weekend. Ornaments, jewelry, printed items, handmade books…the list goes on. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. Free. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, www.kingsbookstore.com

Dada cabaret with Toy Boat Theatre

Know what Dada is? Everything and anything, provided it doesn’t make any sense and is juxtaposed in the oddest way. Toy Boat Theatre presents an original (and free) cabaret version of the early-20th-century art phenomenon in “WaT is DaDa?” 8 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 at Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 19 at Toy Boat Theatre, 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. Free. www.toyboattheatre.com

New and Small Works at Madera

The artisans and artists at Madera Architectural Elements present a holiday show of smaller items from their repertoire: felted creations by Jennevieve Schlemmer, mixed media by Chris Wooten, stoneware by Andy Lewis-Lechner and more. Gala opening noon-5 p.m. Nov. 19; then open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 21. Free. Madera, 2210 Court A, Tacoma. 253-572-1218, www.maderawoodworking.com Read more »


Tacoma gallery the American Art Company hosts the 25th Northwest Pastel Society exhibition

The American Art Company in downtown Tacoma regularly hosts open-call shows for regional artist societies: The latest is the 25th annual international exhibition for the Northwest Pastel Society. Some 77 artists from all over North America are exhibiting in a broad range of styles through December 31.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1126 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-272-4327, www.americanartco.com



Long-time member Carolyn Freudenstein farewells Tacoma Concert Band in a concert this weekend.

The Tacoma Concert Band.

It’s quite something to have played in a community concert band for 20 years. Carolyn Freudenstein, who has played clarinet with the Tacoma Concert Band for just that long, is saying goodbye to the all-volunteer band this weekend in a concert at the Pantages Theater.

The concert combines the TCB with the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, playing music of Sousa, Mussorgsky, Copland, Stephen Foster and more. Founded eight years ago and first conducted by the TCB’s director Robert Musser, the PSYWE is a wind band for young players now led by Gerard Morris, director of bands at the University of Puget Sound.

After all of Carolyn’s dedication and leadership with TCB over the years, it’s really special to have her close this chapter…” says Nancy Musser.

The Tacoma Concert Band plays “Tacoma Concert Band and Friends,” featuring guest ensemble the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $16-$34. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.tacomaconcertband.org, www.eskimo.com/~psywe Read more »


Warmth and well-partnered soloists make Northwest Sinfonietta’s “Mozart and Salieri” concert a delight in Tacoma’s Rialto Theater last weekend

It’s always a pleasure to watch the Northwest Sinfonietta, whose friendship and congenial collaboration is sparklingly evident in their music. On Saturday night at the Rialto Theater, though, the warm partnership wasn’t just confined to the orchestra: The two soloists for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante were viola principal Heather Bentley and outgoing concertmaster Adam LaMotte on violin, and seeing them in the spotlight of their own orchestra was a delight.

The program riffed on the Mozart-Salieri rivalry – a real enough historical fact, as explained by director Christophe Chagnard, but not the murderous jealousy known to many from the 1984 movie “Amadeus.” What was obvious in the Rialto last Saturday (one of the ensemble’s usual three-concert series in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup) was that Antonio Salieri, though he had the prestigious court job, was in no way as memorable as his struggling younger colleague. The Sinfonietta played Salieri’s Sinfonia in D with as much elegance as they could, but like all the composer’s work it shows his distinct lack of more than a couple of musical ideas, and the effect was rather black-and-white, not helped by some harsh tone and messy entries from the first violins. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: University of Puget Sound string quartet concert, Prairie Line art tour, Northwest Sinfonietta at Tacoma’s Rialto and William Doppman at First Lutheran

Violist Heather Bentley, soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Courtesy photo.

Northwest Sinfonietta contrasts Mozart and Salieri

The Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra debunks the legend of infamous classical-era rivals Mozart and Salieri in a concert featuring both composers this weekend, with soloists Adam LaMotte on violin and Heather Bentley on viola. Also on the program: Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 (Seattle), 12 (Tacoma) and 2 p.m. Nov. 13 (Puyallup.) $19-$49/$10 student rush. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma; Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. 888-356-6040, www.northwestsinfonietta.org

String quartet concert at UPS

Maria Sampen and Tim Christie (violin), Joyce Ramée (viola) and David Requiro (cello) will play string quartets by Beethoven, Copland and Brahms tonight as part of the University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen concert series. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Union Ave., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, ups.universitytickets.com, www.pugetsound.edu

Take the Prairie Line tour for art

The City of Tacoma is busy planning installation art for the proposed $5.83 million Prairie Line Trail downtown, a 2013 rails-to-trails project which will run along the former railway line that connected Tacoma to the rest of America in the 19th century. Find out what’ll be there (and see some temporary art) this Saturday on a free tour. 2 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. Begins Tollefson Plaza, 1700 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. www.cityoftacoma.org

William Doppman plays for Second City series

The next Second City Chamber Series concert features organization co-founder and pianist William Doppman in recital, playing Schubert. 4 p.m. Nov. 13. $20/$10. First Lutheran Church, 524 S. I St., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org Read more »


Northwest Carvers’ 31st annual show and sale this weekend in Puyallup includes hand-carved flutes by Richard Mazza

Carver Richard Mazza. Courtesy photo.

Like wood? The Northwest Carvers’ Association’s 31st Show and Sale is on this weekend at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, and features wood and bone carving from around the region.

Carvers compete at six skill levels for awards, and the juried gallery includes intarsia, marquetry, woodburning, woodturning, found wood, fretwork, scroll saw pieces and woodworking, as well as chainsaw carving. There are also free demos, raffles, auction, awards and supplies sales.

While this year’s featured artist is Bob Harkness, one of the more interesting carvers showing work is Richard Mazza, of Puyallup. a member of the Washington Flute Circle who has just finished hand-carving his 82nd wooden flute, Mazza got started in musical woodwork when he hand-carved a set of wooden zills (hand cymbals) for Seattle belly dance professional ?? If you’re thinking that these little cymbals aren’t usually made of wood, you’d be right. But, say Mazza’s colleagues in the carvers’ association, they were so well received that he started to get orders for them.

The Northwest Carvers’ 31st Show and Sale is on 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13. $7/free for under-12. Western Washington Fairgrounds, 9th Street and Meridian Avenue, Puyallup. 253-833-4626, www.woodcarvers.org Read more »


Grant Elementary kids make arty “fruit” for the new Tacoma Children’s Museum building, opening January 14

Tacoma’s new Children’s Museum building isn’t yet open, but some of the art for it was being made last week at Grant Elementary. Third-graders from the arts-based school are helping artist Kristin Tollefson create an iconic tree full of unusual sculpted “fruit” for the museum’s new 8,700 square foot space for when it opens to the public on January 15.

The “playful tree” installation makes use of the Pacific Avenue space’s large vertical support pillars, and will transform one of them into the trunk of a tree, with aluminum branches and sprouting “fantastic fruit,” made by the artist from

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Tacoma’s Northwest Sinfonietta has been licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for a 10-day tour of Cuba this January

Cienfuegos street scene. Image courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

It’s official – the Tacoma-based Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra has been licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for a 10-day, two-city tour of Cuba in January, 2012. The 10-member ensemble will be only the third orchestra to visit Cuba since the country’s 1959 revolution, due to U.S. government embargoes on trade with Cuba, and will be focusing its stay on cultural relations with Tacoma’s sister-city, Cienfuegos, offering workshops and performing side by side with local musicians.

“Music has the ability to transcend ethnic, cultural, social and ideological boundaries,” said Christophe Chagnard, the Sinfonietta’s musical director and co-founder. “This unique exchange will open vast horizons and enrich the lives of all involved.”

Cienfuegos' Teatro Tomas Terry. Image courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

The tour, which runs January 19-29, begins with two days of cultural activities in the capital of Havana before moving to Cienfuegos, in the country’s south. Read more »