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Critic’s Picks: “Metamorphoses” at UPS, Seattle Symphony’s “Celebrate Asia,” workshop at Tacoma Art Museum and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2012 at 5:05 am with No Comments »
February 17, 2012 2:08 pm

Metamorphoses at UPS

You don’t have to have studied Latin to appreciate “Metamorphoses.” The play by Mary Zimmerman, based on Ovid’s writings of ancient Roman myths, hinges on an eternal truth – that nothing is permanent, including love, lust, riches and power. Some tales are familiar, like King Midas or Orpheus and Euridyce, now given a modern spin. Theater arts students at the University of Puget Sound open their production of the play tonight, directed by John Rindo. 7:30 p.m. tonight, then Feb. 25, March 2 and 3. 4 p.m. March 1, 2 p.m. March 3. $11/$7. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, tickets.pugetsound.edu

Celebrate Asia with the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony presents its fourth annual Celebrate Asia concert tonight at Benaroya Hall, including gender-bending violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin playing Tchaikovsky, Chinese pipa player Jie Ma and the Cuong Vu Group playing the jazz-inspired new work “One,” as well as the winner of this year’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, Kay He’s “Legends of Old Peking.” Taiko drumming, Indian and Balinese music and a Lion Dance will begin at 6:30 p.m.; concert 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. $17-$74. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

Tacoma Art Museum workshop

Renowned Seattle fiber artist Marita Dingus comes to TAM for an all-day workshop teaching how to make playful fiber art figurines, based on Mexican folk art. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25. $35. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Wycliffe Gordon jazzes up UPS

Jazz trombonist and vocalist Wycliffe Gordon is the guest artist at the University of Puget Sound’s jazz band concert next week, in celebration of Black History Month. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. $7. Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-4319, tickets.pugetsound.edu


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