Thanks to the street construction all along South 9th Street in downtown Tacoma, the Tacoma Symphony has moved its first annual Family concert this Sunday afternoon from Urban Grace Church one block eastwards down the hill to the Rialto. Here’s what I’ve already posted on it.
“Apparently you can’t get in the door (of the church),” said TSO executive director Andy Buelow, who added that the organization was expecting a big audience of young children to the orchestra’s first family concert. The program includes perennial child favorite “Peter and the Wolf,” which tells a Russian story through different musical instruments, and Sinfonia no. 2, written by a 12-year-old Mendelssohn.
The street work on South 9th Street has been ongoing for months now, blocking street parking and pedestrian access and reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. It has made life difficult for theater attendees in an area that already gets congested close to curtain time at the multiple venues in the two-block area between Market Street and Broadway.
The City of Tacoma recently announced that work would begin there again last week after a holiday break, demolishing the sidewalk on the south of the street from the Rialto up to the Market Street corner.
“The South 9th Street improvement project will reconstruct South 9th Street from Market Street to Commerce Street. Improvements will include new sidewalks, crosswalks, bulb outs and a new cement concrete roadway surface,” it says on the City’s website, which doesn’t state a finish date.
For more information about the project, visit www.cityoftacoma.org/south9thstreet.