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Critic’s Picks: Canonici in Old Town Tacoma, Tacoma Opera at Theatre on the Square, Northwest Sinfonietta at the Rialto and Gauguin at Seattle Art Museum

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2012 at 5:49 am with No Comments »
February 2, 2012 10:54 am
Canonici. Courtesy photo.

Canonici sings Renaissance love songs

Step back to Valentine’s Day in 1550 with a cappella group Canonici, who present “Plaisir d’Amour: The Pleasure of Love” as part of the free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series. The program includes Renaissance love songs in English, French and Italian. 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Free, all ages. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135, classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Kurt Weill with Tacoma Opera

Tacoma Opera’s annual Young Artists’ performances this weekend offer a cabaret version of music by Kurt Weill, the 20th-century German composer and enormous stage influence, with works like “The Threepenny Opera.” Cast members include Celeste Godin, Woong Kim, Ksenia Popova, Bryan Hiroto Stenson and Heather Weirich. 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Feb. 12. $30. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com.

Northwest Sinfonietta loves Puccini

It’s all about romance at the Northwest Sinfonietta’s latest concert, featuring soprano Shana Blake Hill, tenor Chad Johnson and baritone Roberto Gomez in favorite arias from Puccini operas. 7:30 p.m. feb. 10 (Seattle), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 (Tacoma), 2 p.m. Feb. 12 (Puyallup). $19-$49. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma; Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.nwsinfonietta.org

Gauguin’s Polynesia comes to Seattle Art Museum

See the best of Gauguin’s famously lush tropical paintings in “Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise,” opening at Seattle Art Museum this weekend, the only U.S. stop for the show. Over 60 of the French post-Impressionist’s paintings, sculptures and paper works are juxtaposed with 60 major examples of Polynesian sculpture. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday through April 29. $15/$12/$9/free for 12 and under and first Thursdays. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle. 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org


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