Welcome to the Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas! Inspired by both the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and fellow features writer Sue Kidd, who’s offering you her own “Twelve Tacoma Foodie Gifts of Christmas” on her TNT Diner blog, I’ve come up with 12 alternative gifts for Christmas: no partridges in pear trees, but something a lot more uniquely local. (See older posts for the other days.)
So here’s Day 7:
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three CDs, two baby heads and a deck of Tacoma playing cards.
No, you don’t need to get exactly seven tickets (although that would make a nice subscription gift for your true love), but as it happens there are at least seven musical organizations in Tacoma that offer excellent classical concerts, which anyone would be glad to get as a Christmas present.
Like vocal? Then buy tickets to Tacoma Opera, who are putting on “The Tragedy of Carmen” and “La Traviata” in upcoming months, or the Christmas Revels, whose folk-music-based shows open next weekend. If you prefer instrumental then the Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Concert Band and Northwest Sinfonietta all offer a season full of exciting big-ensemble music from Beethoven to Brahms. If you like it smaller, then try the sophisticated chamber music at Second City Chamber Series, or one of the many solo artists and ensembles coming via the Broadway Center for Performing Arts: Zoe Keating and the Portland Cello Project in January, for instance, who’ll blow your preconceptions of the cello completely out of the park.