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Two passionate choral Valentines: from Seattle’s Pro Musica at Trinity Lutheran and from Tacoma Symphony Chorus at Slavonian Hall, Old Town

TSO Chorus conductor Geoffrey Boers in action. Courtesy image.
TSO Chorus conductor Geoffrey Boers in action. Courtesy image.

Want to get some Valentine’s Day credit in advance? Then take your honey to hear some passionate choral music this weekend, sung on Sunday by visiting Seattle choir Pro Musica in Parkland’s Trinity Lutheran and on Tuesday by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Chorus at Slavonian Hall, Old Town.

First, Pro Musica: Conducted by the choir’s director Karen Thomas, the 40-year-old choir will sing love songs by Samuel Barber, madrigals by Morten Lauridsen, and the premiere of Thomas’ own setting of “Wild Nights,” a more-than-suggestive poem by Emily Dickinson. Expect lush contemporary and neo-Romantic harmonies in the church’s resonant acoustics.

The TSO Chorus concert is in the cozy Slavonian Hall in Old Town, and it’s part of the monthly free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series. Read more »


Critic’s picks: Cello at Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum, storytelling at Ruston’s Antique Sandwich Co, a string trio in Old Town Tacoma and Nikki McClure at Bellevue Arts Museum

Violinist Maria Sampen will be one of the three musicians at the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert next week. Courtesy photo.

String trio and flute storytelling in two Old Town concerts

UPS-based Maria Sampen (violin), Tim Christie (viola) and David Requiro (cello) fill Slavonian Hall with Kodaly, Bach and Gordon Jacob this Tuesday in the monthly free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert. And this Sunday kids and families can hear renowned flute player Gary Stroutsos, featured on Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Lewis and Clark,” share traditional Native American songs and storytelling at the Old Town Music Society.

3 p.m. Nov. 11 (flute). $2/$5. Old Town Music Society, 2101 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135.

7 p.m. Nov. 13 (string trio). Freewill donation. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135, classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com


Chilled-out cello at Harbor History Museum

At the Harbor History Museum this Saturday international solo cellist Michael Fitzpatrick (nephew to Gig Harbor weaving artist Cecilia Blomberg) will perform the music The Huffington Post has described as “chill-axed surfer dude vibe…simple beauty that fills the soul.” A recipient of the Prince Charles Award, Fitzpatrick has spent the last 16 years recording “Tuning the Planet” with the Dalai Lama. 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $20 (includes wine and snacks). Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-858-6722, harborhistorymuseum.org, michaelfitzpatrick.com

Traditional storytelling at the Antique Sandwich Co.

It’s the perfect combination of event and venue: “Tellabration,” an annual night of traditional storytelling that joins others around the world, and the intimate cozy comfort of the Antique Sandwich Co. in Ruston. Members of the Mt. Tahoma Storytelling Guild are featured. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $5. Antique Sandwich Co., 5102 Pearl St., Tacoma.  253-983-9114, 253-752-4069

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Critic’s Picks: Canonici in Old Town Tacoma, Tacoma Opera at Theatre on the Square, Northwest Sinfonietta at the Rialto and Gauguin at Seattle Art Museum

Canonici. Courtesy photo.

Canonici sings Renaissance love songs

Step back to Valentine’s Day in 1550 with a cappella group Canonici, who present “Plaisir d’Amour: The Pleasure of Love” as part of the free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series. The program includes Renaissance love songs in English, French and Italian. 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Free, all ages. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135, classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Kurt Weill with Tacoma Opera

Tacoma Opera’s annual Young Artists’ performances this weekend offer a cabaret version of music by Kurt Weill, the 20th-century German composer and enormous stage influence, with works like “The Threepenny Opera.” Cast members include Celeste Godin, Woong Kim, Ksenia Popova, Bryan Hiroto Stenson and Heather Weirich. 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Feb. 12. $30. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com. Read more »


Critic’s picks: Mexican trio at Tacoma Art Museum, sax jazz at Marine View, cabaret with Second City Chamber Series and new music in Old Town

Trío Lucero del Norte play at Tacoma Art Museum

To complement Tacoma Art Museum’s current exhibition of Mexican folk art, Trío Lucero del Norte will play son huasteco and other traditional dances from the Huasteca region of Mexico this Sunday afternoon. Ticket price includes gallery admission. 2 p.m. Jan. 7. $15/$10 members/$5 students. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Saxophonist Patrick Lamb at Jazz LIVE at Marine View

The Jazz LIVE at Marine View concert this month features saxophonist Patrick Lamb, whose music fuses funk, soul, R&B and jazz. He’ll be backed by a

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Critic’s Picks: Quartet at Old Town Tuesdays, Tacoma Opera’s “The Elixir of Love,” UPS’ “The Cradle Will Rock” and All-Tharp at PNB

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Classical Tuesdays

The Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series this month features a UPS faculty-based string quartet playing Gabriela Frank’s “Legends,” a composition reflecting her heritage and travels. 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Free. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Tacoma Opera drinks “The Elixir of Love”

A flirty soprano, a gullible tenor and a cunning baritone get together for Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” staged this weekend by Tacoma Opera. 8 p.m. Nov. 5, 2 p.m. Nov. 7. $25-$64. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com

“The Cradle Will Rock”

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Native American flute at first Old Town Tuesdays concert


The Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert series is a little-known gem: free midweek concerts in Tacoma’s Old Town that feature unusual local musicians and music. The season opener next Tuesday night is Gary Stroutsos on Native American flutes.

Stroutsos, a Greek-Italian American, has collaborated with some of the finest Native artists around, including Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson, and has played and retold traditional stories on ancient and modern flutes for 30 years. His music was showcased in the score for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of

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