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Critic’s Picks: Theater at PLU, choral and organ at Christ Episcopal Tacoma, Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet and Click Flick at the Grand

The Christ Church choir. Courtesy image.
The Christ Church choir. Courtesy image.

Organ recital and Lent evensong at Christ Church

Two musical events at Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal this week celebrate the beautiful Brombaugh organ and the wealth of Lenten choral music: an all-Bach organ recital by Naomi Shiga at noon today and choral evensong on Sunday with music by Byrd, Brahms and more. Recital: 12:10 p.m. today, entry by donation. Evensong: 5 p.m. March 17, free. Christ Episcopal Church,
310 N. K St.,
253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

How I Learned to Drive” at PLU

Pacific Lutheran University’s school of drama continues the Pulitzer- and Obie-winning “How I Learned to Drive” this weekend. The Paula Vogel play set in the 1960s and’70s is sometimes described as one of the most disturbing love stories in theater, dealing with pedophilia, incest and misogyny. It’s presented as part of the university’s SOAC series on themes of empowerment in the arts. 7:30 p.m. today and March 16; 2 p.m. March 17. $8. Studio Theater, Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-535-7411plu.edu

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Critic’s picks: Vocal recital at Christ Episcopal Tacoma, Museum of Glass and the Sister Cities film fest

Vocal recital at Christ Church

The Third Fridays at Noon recital series at Christ Episcopal Church presents soprano Melissa Fontaine in a lunchtime recital today, accompanied by pianist Una Hwang and organist Mark Brombaugh. On the program are four early songs by Alban Berg, “Letters from Saint Paul” by Daniel Pinkham, and “Cantata of Spirituals” by John Carter. 12:10 p.m. today. Donation at the door. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

Moore at MoG

Opening at the Museum of Glass this weekend is a new show by Northwest glass artist Benjamin Moore. “Translucent” evokes

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Critic’s picks: Christ Episcopal evensong, Click Flick at The Grand, Tacoma Art Museum and Dala at Theatre on the Square

The choir of Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, with co-directors Kathryn Nichols and Mark Brombaugh. Courtesy photo.

Christ Church Festal Choral Evensong

The choir of Christ Episcopal, with organist Mark Brombaugh and gues organist Melvin Butler, present a festive choral evensong service to commission new co-directors Brombaugh and Kathryn Nichols. Music includes anthems by Leo Nestor, Herbert Brewer and Craig Phillips, works by Bruhns and Stanford on the Brombaugh pipe organ and congregational hymns. 5 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

Click Flick: “The Addams Family”

Get your creepy giggles at The Grand Cinema’s Click Flick this month: “The Addams Family,” about that classic ghoulish family who do things just a little differently. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

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Mark Brombaugh plays the Brombaugh organ at Christ Episcopal Church Tacoma

Organist Mark Brombaugh will play the John Brombaugh organ at Christ Church this Friday. Courtesy photo.

A pair of brothers will be highlighted in an organ recital this Friday evening at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma: Mark Brombaugh, who’ll play the church’s renowned organ, and John Brombaugh, who built it.

Since its 1979 installation the Brombaugh organ at Christ Church is sought after by many musical groups for its superior vocal tone and baroque-inspired design. One of around 50 Brombaugh has built, it was inspired by North German and Dutch organs of the 16th-18th centuries, with a case of white oak and western cedar and pipe shades in yellow cedar, all hand-carved. The tone is enhanced by the hammered, high-lead-content pipes as well as the church’s resonant acoustics.

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Critic’s Picks: Flamenco at UPS, DASH “Cinderella,” Tacoma Concert Band at Pantages and the Tacoma Youth Chorus at Christ Episcopal

Flamenco at UPS

See world flamenco master Teo Morca with Tacoma dancer Marisela Fleites in a crackling duo show at UPS tonight, alongside singer Vicento Griego and guitarist Gerardo Alcala. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $8. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, tickets.pugetsound.edu

Tacoma Concert Band with flutist Jim Walker

Flute virtuoso Jim Walker, billed as the late Jean Pierre Rampal’s “favorite flute player,” is the soloist for the Tacoma Concert Band’s performance this Saturday in a program including Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Copland. 7:30 p.m. April 28. From $16. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, tacomaconcertband.org Read more »


Music for Louis XIV: Early music group the Salish Sea Festival to play upcoming concerts at Christ Episcopal and Grace Lutheran churches, Tacoma

Early music fans, rejoice: Tacoma’s about to be gifted with not one but five concerts by the Salish Sea Festival, a locally-based group of period-instrument musicians playing music from the renaissance, baroque and early classical periods at two Tacoma churches: Christ Episcopal and Grace Lutheran.

The first is next Tuesday evening, January 17, at Christ Episcopal. “The Sun King’s Music” combines Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute, John Lenti on baroque guitar and Joanna Blendulf on viola da gamba and pardessus de viole (a 17th-century soprano gamba played upright on the lap) to perform music from the court

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Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal Church presents an Advent service of lessons and carols

The choir of Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma. Courtesy photo.

The Advent tradition of a church service of Christmas-based readings (or Lessons) and carols goes back to 19th-century England, and combines exquisitely-sung choral music, contemplative prose and a pre-Christmas meditation. It’s an annual event at Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal Church, where the able choir is backed by the church’s wonderful Brombaugh organ and excellent acoustics for a serene, light-filled experience – and it’s on again this Sunday evening.

Most famous of all is the service of lessons and carols at King’s College, Cambridge, which has been going every year since 1928 and broadcast around the world. But tradition has it that the service began in Cornwall decades earlier, held at 10 p.m. in a wooden hut on Christmas Eve in an attempt to keep men out of the pubs for that night. Read more »