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Critic’s picks: “Spring Awakening” at University of Puget Sound, Bach at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Symphony’s family concert and the Tacoma Youth Symphony at the Rialto

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 1, 2013 at 5:47 am |
February 26, 2013 9:53 am

“Spring Awakening” at UPS

A play that shocked its 19th-century audience and a rock musical that dives right into the same material is what makes up “Spring Awakening” – a 2006 Broadway remake of the coming-of-age story that traverses youth longing, homosexuality, child abuse, rape, suicide and abortion with a passionate rock score by Duncan Sheik. UPS theater students mount a full production this and next weekend, directed by Sara Freeman. 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and 7-9, 2 p.m. March 10. Mature audiences only. $12.50/$8.50. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-6013, ups.universitytickets.com

Bach cantata at TCC

Local opera soprano Erin Guinup will sing solo with the Tacoma Community College orchestra in Bach’s Cantata no. 51 tonight in a free concert at TCC. Also on the program will be Copland’s quintessentially American “Appalachian Spring” suite, and music by Purcell. 7 p.m. tonight. Free. Tacoma Community College building 2 auditorium, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. 253-460-4374, tacomacc.edu

Tacoma Symphony family concert gets brassy

Aaarrrr! The Tacoma Symphony brass quintet will sail their pirate ship into the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Hall this Sunday for the second in the orchestra’s family concert series. Kids will love the music inspired by Russian sailors, pirates and the sea, plus the instrument petting zoo before the show. Petting from 1:30 p.m., concert 2:30 p.m. March 3. $5 kids/$7 adults. Schneebeck Hall, UPS, North 15th Street and Union Avenue, Tacoma. 253-272-7264, tacomasymphony.org, broadwaycenter.org, pugetsound.edu

Tacoma Youth Symphony goes to Arabia

See the musicians of the future as the Tacoma Youth Symphony play Mahler, von Weber and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Arabian fantasy “Scheherazade,” with its lilting percussion and sashaying violin solo. 3 p.m. March 3. $6/$17. Rialto Theater, 210 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-627-2792, tysamusic.org; 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

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