Tacoma Youth Symphony celebrates 50 years
Tacoma’s Youth Symphony Association – one of the country’s biggest – turns 50 this year. Celebrate with them at the final concerts this weekend. Fresh from a Boston tour, the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra plays Mendelssohn, Delius and Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, while the Tacoma Youth Symphony will join with PLU’s Choral Union for Beethoven’s massive 9th Symphony. TYAO: 7 p.m. May 18. $16/$7. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. TYS: 3 p.m. May 19. $17/$7. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-2792, tysamusic.org
“Love, Lust and Laughter” from Northwest Repertory Singers
For their season finale the Northwest Repertory Singers launch into songs of love (Brahms, Morten Lauridsen), lust (selections from “Carmina Burana” – the naughty ones) and laughter (P.D.Q. Bach) this Sunday. 3 p.m. May 19 (pre-concert talk 2 p.m.). $18 general/$15 students, seniors and military/free for under-17. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma. 253-265-3042, nwrs.org, brownpapertickets.com
Wagner sing-along and “Ring” tickets at Seattle Opera
If you’re a Wagner fan, you won’t want to miss this: a Wagner community sing-along with Seattle Opera in honor of the composer’s 200th birthday. The chorusmaster will lead you through favorites like the “Wedding March” from “Lohengrin” and – in honor of Verdi’s bicentennial – the “Libiamo” from “La Traviata.” There’s a costume contest and a “Hojo-toho” Brünnhilde contest. Tickets also go on sale for the company’s “Ring” cycle this August. 7 p.m. May 22. Free. Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. 800-426-1619 (tickets), seattleopera.org/singalong (score links).
Artisans at Fort Nisqually
See artisans demonstrate historic arts and crafts every weekend through Sept. 29 at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s “Crafts of the Past” series. Artists include Howard Haworth (primitive fire building, May 19) and Charles Larsen (Native American beadwork, May 25-26) as well as Queen Victoria’s Birthday celebrations on May 18. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through May 26, then daily. $6.50 adult/$5 military, senior, student/$4 ages 4-17/free for three and under. Point Defiance Park, North Pearl Street, Tacoma. 253-591-5339, fortnisqually.org