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Archives: April 2012


Critic’s Picks: Flamenco at UPS, DASH “Cinderella,” Tacoma Concert Band at Pantages and the Tacoma Youth Chorus at Christ Episcopal

Flamenco at UPS

See world flamenco master Teo Morca with Tacoma dancer Marisela Fleites in a crackling duo show at UPS tonight, alongside singer Vicento Griego and guitarist Gerardo Alcala. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $8. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, tickets.pugetsound.edu

Tacoma Concert Band with flutist Jim Walker

Flute virtuoso Jim Walker, billed as the late Jean Pierre Rampal’s “favorite flute player,” is the soloist for the Tacoma Concert Band’s performance this Saturday in a program including Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Copland. 7:30 p.m. April 28. From $16. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, tacomaconcertband.org Read more »


Brass Unlimited plays annual free Pops Concert at Tacoma Community College

Tacoma ensemble Brass Unlimited hosts it’s 5th annual free Pops Concert this Sunday at Tacoma Community College.  Trombonist Gary Shutes is the soloist for a program that includes two Henry Mancini numbers, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” musical salutes to Copland and Sinatra, music from Riverdance and a medley of music by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Playing alongside Brass Unlimited will be a 16-member brass and rhythm section directed by TCC music chair John Falskow.

3 p.m. April 29. Free. Tacoma Community College building 2,  6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. 253-759-9511, brassunlimited.org, tacomacc.edu



Cellist David Requiro plays with Northwest Sinfonietta in classical program at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Tacoma’s Rialto Theater and Puyallup’s Pioneer Pavilion

Cellist David Requiro, soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Courtesy photo.

When you think classical, you might think Mozart, Haydn, even Beethoven. But this weekend the Northwest Sinfonietta want you to think Prokofiev and Mendelssohn. For their concerts in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup the Tacoma-based chamber orchestra is playing a program that goes from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries – way later than the standard classical time-period – but includes two composers that took inspiration from the late 18th century, plus a cello concerto with stunning local soloist David Requiro.

Sergei Prokofiev opens the program, the Soviet-era composer who reinvented classical form and balance with modern harmonies and dissonances. His Symphony no. 1 is called “The Classical” for a good reason: a tribute to Haydn, it dances through 18th-century styles like the gavotte and sonata form with precision and grace, without any of the heavy depression of his later works. Read more »


Frehse and Kelsey-Mapel dive down the artistic rabbit hole at Gallery 301, Tacoma

"Reconfigured" by Becky Frehse and Jane Kelsey-Mapel at Gallery 301. Courtesy photo.

Collaborations can sometimes produce weird and wonderful results – and if you peek through the windows of Gallery 301 on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma’s Dome District you’ll get a glimpse into just one such. Tacoma painter and mixed-media artist Becky Frehse has thrown her talents together with Arizona ceramicist Jane Kelsey-Mapel, and the result – a show that moved down this month from Seattle’s Gallery 110 – is a down-the-rabbit-hole Wonderland peopled with endearingly odd folks, creatively clothed and installed.

It’s the cowgirl in the center that grabs your attention. Yeehawingly triumphant, she waves her hat with glee while standing astride a piebald and a brown horse. The cowgirl’s small, but the horses are nearly carousel-size – only they’re just torsos. Dropping down from their bellies are painted single legs rising out of an upside-down table.

That’s the kind of surreality that inhabits Gallery 301 in “Reconfigured.” Read more »


Tacoma Musical Playhouse announces 2012/13 season

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has just announced its new season, which spans musical theater from classics like “The Sound of Music” to the movie-based “Legally Blonde.”

Opening the season in September is “Chicago,” the award-winning, 15-year-running Kander and Ebb Broadway musical about a murdering chorus girl in Prohibition-era Chicago. After a holiday run of the ever-popular “The Sound of Music,” about the singing Von Trapp family, the season continues with “The Musical of Musicals,” five musicals in one with each having the same plot but different musical style. “Legally Blonde,” about a sorority star who goes to law school, is

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Inventive, powerful dance from Tacoma City Ballet at Theatre on the Square

TCB choreographer Joel Myers and dance partner. Photo: Jesse Michener.

It was a small but enthusiastic audience in Tacoma’s Theatre on the Square last Saturday night to see a dance renaissance – Tacoma City Ballet blooming like spring daffodils with an evening’s worth of inventive and often brand-new choreography, all home-grown and sparkling with new ideas, live music and mostly skillful execution, in the Spring Dance Extravaganza.

Ballet schools all over Tacoma hold shows in spring. For most of them it’s a chance to show off what students have learned during the year, and that’s true of TCB also; its corps de ballet is comprised of school-age dancers still learning the trade. But the difference comes with the principals: all seasoned, all skillful, and worthy of the creative choreography thrown at them. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Illumni Mens Choral at PLU, Harriet Tubman song at B2 gallery, Click Flick at The Grand and Metropolitan Ballet Theatre of Tacoma

Illumni Mens Chorale sing basso profundo at PLU

It isn’t often you get to hear real basso profundo singing in Tacoma, but this weekend you can: the Illumni Mens Chorale will be joined by Glenn Miller to sing an evening of Russian folk, sacred and soldier songs, including Chesnokov’s Memorial Service, Kalinka and Song of the Volga Boatmen. 8 p.m. April 22. $10. Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 868 Wheeler St. S., Parkland. 206-659-5894,  illumnimenschorale.com

Harriet Tubman and freedom songs at B2 Gallery

Karol Brown plays a 92-year-old Harriet Tubman in “Sweet Freedom’s Jubilee,” a performance of Negro spirituals and stories to celebrate the 99th anniversary of this famous abolitionist’s death. Art includes quilts based on the underground railroad by Mary Johnson and sculpture by Mar’zil Davis. 7 p.m. April 21. $15. B2 Gallery, 711 Saint Helens Avenue, Suite 100, Tacoma. 253.238.5065, b2finearts.com

Get your “Happy Feet” going at the Click Flick Read more »


Tacoma Symphony Orchestra 2012/13 season branches out beyond Romantic favorites with new compositions, a double bass concerto and two potential new directors

With artistic director Harvey Felder stepping down at the end of the 2013/14 season, the next season for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra includes more than just music. Two of the performances will be auditions, conducted by two of the four finalists for the directorial position. The other two finalists will conduct in the following season. The season as a whole also covers a lot more musical ground than usual, ranging from standard classical composers like Beethoven and Debussy to contemporary composers (including Tacoma’s Alexandra Bryant), a double bass concerto and a night of music from popular video games. Read more »