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Free for All kicks off a varied and exciting Broadway Center season, with guest appearance by Vicci Martinez

Singer Vicci Martinez, playing the Pantages this Saturday for Tacoma's Fall Free for All festival. Courtesy photo.

Who doesn’t like free dance, theater and music? The Broadway Center knows it’s pretty hard to resist a free show, let alone a free weekend of shows, and for the second year around is kicking off its season with the Fall Free for All weekend of free arts events this Saturday and Sunday to entice newbies into the downtown theaters and give us all a taste of what’s coming up. Headlining the weekend is Tacoma indie singer Vicci Martinez, playing the Pantages Saturday night.

You can download the program pdf on the Broadway Center’s website, but here are some highlights:

-       New this year is Vicci Martinez, the Tacoma native singer/songwriter who went big on NBC’s “The Voice” and has found it hard to schedule her adoring hometown into her gig schedule ever since. She didn’t make it to Art on the Ave – but she’s booked in at the Pantages, so get in line early. 9 p.m. Sat.

-       Also new this year is a scheduled dinner break. No, they’re not giving you a free meal, but at least there’s a two hour break in the performance schedule to allow everyone to refuel at some of downtown T-Town’s great eating places (Two Koi, Matador, Maxwell’s, The Old Spaghetti Factory, El Gaucho, Corina and The Office), where your FFFA wristband will get you discounts. 5-7 p.m. Sat., 4-6 p.m. Sun. Read more »


Two unusual organ concerts: Jeff Orr plays a Rachmaninoff concerto at Tacoma church, accompanied by…Jeff Orr, and David Arcus shows off his classical improvisation chops

You’d think it would be difficult enough to play part of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto without playing the orchestra lines too – but Tacoma organist Jeff Orr will be doing it this weekend at Mason United Methodist Church. As part of a fundraiser concert for the American Cancer Society, Orr will, among other works, play the “Allegro Moderato in G major” from the Rachmaninoff on piano to the orchestral accompaniment played by himself on pipe organ and recorded via the Garage Band software.

Explains Jeff: “The Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ of Mason Methodist Church has a number of stops or ranks

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Leon Fleischer, playing with two hands, comes to the Pantages

Pianist Leon Fleischer. Photo courtesy Tacoma Philharmonic.

This Sunday, one of the world’s greatest pianists will play the Pantages, courtesy of the Tacoma Philharmonic. Not only that, but he’ll play with what for him is a relatively recent phenomenon–using both hands.

It’s Leon Fleischer, of course, that child prodigy of two Jewish immigrants who began playing at four just by listening to his brother’s piano lessons. Soon after, he studied with piano great Artur Schnabel, debuting with the New York Philharmonic at 16 and launching into an international career. Until, at 37,

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All Together Now: Five-Piano Concert on Sunday

Team of pianists. Sitting: Marjorie Skreen-Dickerson (left) and David Asplund. Standing: Erica Minneman (left), Timothy Strong and Diana Walker. Photo: Carole Parkhurst.

Ever heard five pianos played at once? Well, this Sunday is your chance. Local piano teachers will be putting on a fund-raising concert featuring three teams of five pianists each on stage at UPS’ Schneebeck Hall.

The performers are members of the Tacoma Chapter Music Teachers Association, including Marjorie Dickerson, who also plays for local groups such as the Northwest Repertory Singers.

"The Gig Harbor Chapter puts a concert

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