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Archives: May 2012


Early English masses sung by Canonici with the Fritts organ at Grace Lutheran

Early music doesn’t get much better than this: an a cappella quartet of gorgeous voices singing music they know inside and out, along with period music played on a historically-inspired organ. That’s what you’ll get this Sunday afternoon at Grace Lutheran church, Tacoma, as the Canonici Consort of Voices presents early English masses along with Jonathan Wohlers playing Renaissance English music on the church’s beautiful Fritts organ.

When John Dunstable, John Plummer, John Bedyngham and Walter Frye were writing music, Henry VIII was yet unthought of and England was still part of the Catholic church. Yet all around

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“Hide/Seek” faith dialogue at Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is making the utmost of its nationally controversial gay art exhibit “Hide/Seek” to hold as many community educational and conversational opportunities as possible. This Saturday sees another: “SEEKing Common Ground: A Dialogue about Art, Faith, and Sexuality

The program, held in partnership with Tacoma-area worship congregations, will be moderated by the Revd. Chris Morton of Associated Ministries. Local religious leaders from various faiths will respectfully share their viewpoints on issues raised by the exhibit. It’s an important lens through which to view “Hide/Seek,” as the show made headlines when the original venue, the Smithsonian’s National

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Critic’s Picks: The Barefoot Dance Collective, Tacoma Youth Symphony at Rialto, bike art at Tacoma Art Museum and ArtWalk

Barefoot Dance Collective in “Ides of May”

Join the Barefoot Dance Collective and three local choreographers in an evening of modern dance in a brand new venue: the newly-renovated Studio 3 at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts downtown. Seats, curtains and a black-box atmosphere transform a rehearsal space into a dance theater for tBFC’s annual “Ides of May” show. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 12, 3 p.m. May 13. $15/$18. Studio 3, 915 Broadway, Tacoma (third floor, enter via silver elevator on street level) 253-591-5894, brownpapertickets.com, barefootcollective.org, broadwaycenter.org

Tacoma Youth Symphony plays gypsy music

The Tacoma Youth Symphony, the highest orchestra of seven in the TYSA, plays its final concert this Sunday at the Rialto, featuring gypsy-themed music by George Enescu, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Romberg and Brahms. 3 p.m. May 13. $7 main floor/$17 balcony. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-627-2792, tysamusic.org Read more »


Salish Sea Early Music Festival plays music for an 18th-century princess at Christ Episcopal, Tacoma

Lutenist John Schneiderman. Courtesy photo.

One of the most enjoyable things about early music is that it gives you a window into another time. Next Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Tacoma, that window will open onto the world of Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia, who lived through the early 1700s and transformed the city of Bayreuth into artistic capital through her love of music. The Salish Sea Early Music Festival concert features music the lute-playing Wilhelmine would have loved, played on baroque flute, baroque cello and lute.

As the sister to one wealthy flutist (Frederick the Great) and wife to another (the Margrave of Bayreuth) it’s natural that Wilhelmine would have supported the composition of many chamber works for flute. Among those on Tuesday’s program are the Concerti or Opera Nuova by court composer Adam Falkenhagen. Read more »


Rock star panel with Jini Dellaccio 1960s photographs at Harbor History Museum next weekend

If you’re into 1960s rock, save the date: Bob Holden from Don and the Goodtimes, Jim Valley from Don and the Goodtimes and Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Steve Lalor of the Daily Flash are coming on May 19 to Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor to take part in a panel discussion on 1960s rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, whose large-format photography is now on exhibit in the museum in “With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio.”

The rockers were each part of a group that was photographed by Dellaccio, who took iconic album covers

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Northwest artists respond to Tacoma Art Museum’s gay art show “Hide/Seek” with an illuminating group show at The Space

Holly Senn, "Coding/Uncoding." Courtesy image.

If you haven’t seen “Hide/Seek” at Tacoma Art Museum, you’ve probably heard of it: a groundbreaking, controversial show initially mounted at the Smithsonian of major American art with a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender theme. Now Northwest artists have responded to the show and its issues with a show of their own. “Queering the Museum” features 19 artists in a thought-provoking group show at downtown Tacoma venue The Space, opening this weekend, with associated events at Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery and Tacoma Art Museum.

Curator Erin Bailey has made the most of the unusual geography of The Space, an alternative non-profit venue that hosts music and other arts events. The works curve around from the front lobby through to the open back area, their placement making its own statement about taking gender as you find it. Read more »


Tacoma Symphony Orchestra puts on a joyful finale at the Pantages, despite amplification issues, in Beethoven’s 9th last Saturday

Tacoma’s Pantages Theater was filled last Saturday night with joyous sounds from both stage and audience – appropriate enough, since the program for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s season finale included Beethoven’s 9th symphony with its beloved “Ode to Joy” final movement. But while the evening featured some very fine playing from the orchestra, masterful control from director Harvey Felder and delightful singing from all four soloists, the Tacoma Symphony Chorus was unfortunately hampered by something you don’t really want to hear in this colossal masterpiece – bad audio amplification.

The basic problem all classical music groups encounter in the Pantages is lousy acoustics. The architecturally splendid hall was in fact built for vaudeville and film, not orchestras, and anyone trying to make a lovely instrumental sound in there is hit by a wall of deadness, cutting off reverberation and making the most golden tones sound harsh. The fact that the orchestra sounded so good playing this dramatically bursting music shows just how well they played. Read more »


“Anchor Baby” offers a fun but simplistic theater take on culture clash at First Congregational Church, Tacoma

Chevi Chung (left) as Alita and James Gilletti as Bobby Anchor in "Anchor Baby." Courtesy image.

Tacoma has quite a history of small, independent theater in odd venues, and “Anchor Baby” is one of them. Mounted by Dukesbay Productions, who’ve been responsible for the “Java Tacoma” live local sit-com and other creative shows, Richard Tucker’s “Anchor Baby” opened Friday night at First Congregational Church and tells a culture-clash tale of what happens when brash, clueless Americans plonk themselves into the peaceful society of the fictional island of Mehlot. It’s a mostly fun piece of theater but the acting has some holes and the script is about as about as subtle as a lead hammer.

Dukesbay is a group of community theater folks with an emphasis on cast diversity. For this show they also have a star-studded production line-up which sets a professional tone from the moment you walk into the church’s musty alleyway door: Set designer Scott Campbell (formerly Lakewood Playhouse and Tacoma Little Theatre) has made a gorgeous tropical-apartment set out of an uninspiring church basement room, along with painter Maggie Knott (also formerly Lakewood). Composer Allan Loucks adds a quasi-steel-band touch to the scene change music.

The acting is less professional. Read more »