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Critic’s picks: Rich Wetzel’s jazz at the Harmon Tacoma, First Night Tacoma, Carmina Burana in Bellevue and the Seattle Symphony

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 30, 2011 at 6:28 am with No Comments »
December 22, 2011 3:32 pm
Rich Wetzel, trumpet, and the Higher Groovin' Orchestra. Courtesy photo.

Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra at the Harmon

Usher in 2012 with big band jazz played by Rich Wetzel and his Groovin’ Higher Orchestra this New Year’s Eve at the Harmon Brewery & Restaurant. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Free, all ages. Harmon Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 253-383-2739, www.harmonbrewingco.com

First Night Tacoma

Arts-based, family-friendly, alcohol-free First Night is back, celebrating the incoming New Year with giant dragon puppets, fire performers, fire pits, bands, dancing and more. Begins with parade 6:30 p.m. from Sanford and Son along Broadway to the Pantages Theater (901 Broadway), then various downtown locations until midnight. Buttons $10 from downtown businesses and the Pantages box office. www.firstnighttacoma.org

“Carmina Burana” in Bellevue

Carl Orff’s enormous, medievally inspired choral opus of loive, sex, drinking, gambling, fate and fortune “Carmina Burana” is as good a way as any of ringing in the New Year. It’s being performed by the Seattle Choral company in Bellevue twice this New Year’s Eve. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $55-$65. The Theater at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue. 1800-838-3006, www.seattlechoralcompany.org

Beethoven’s 9th with the Seattle Symphony

Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz returns to Benaroya Hall to lead the Seattle Symphony in a New Year’s tradition: performances of Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No. 9, with its famous “Ode to Joy” finale. Soloists include soprano Christine Goerke, mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee, tenor John Mac Master, and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley. 8 p.m. Dec. 30, 9 p.m. Dec. 31 (with after-party and count-down to midnight). $25 to $125. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4800, www.seattlesymphony.org


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