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Critic’s Picks: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, Fort Nisqually by candlelight, Northwest Sinfonietta and Stadium Art and Wine Walk

Old Town Tuesdays kicks off with a Scandinavian romp

The free Classical Tuesdays series in Old Town begins this week with an evening of traditional Scandinavian folk music, performed on Norwegian hardingfele and Swedish nyckelharpa by Hale Bill and the Bopps, with dance by Bygdedeal in traditional costumes. 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Free. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135, classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Fort Nisqually by candlelight

See the historic Fort Nisqually by candlelight this weekend in the popular Candlelight Tours,  where actors portray life in 1857 along with fiddle and bagpipe music, lantern and firelight. Today and

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It’s official: Friday is Northwest Sinfonietta Day, says Governor Gregoire

Goodness knows we don’t need any more official “days” (“Walk Your Dog Day,” “Brush Your Teeth Day”) but this one is actually well-deserved. This Friday has been officially proclaimed Northwest Sinfonietta Day in the state of Washington by Governor Christine Gregoire, and it’s largely because of the supreme effort this local orchestra has made in creating a musical bond with a chamber orchestra in Tacoma’s sister city of Cienfuegos, Cuba. (You can read the main story here.)

For the last two years Sinfonietta director Neil Birnbaum has been working hard alongside congressman Norm Dicks, senator Maria Cantwell and

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Warmth and well-partnered soloists make Northwest Sinfonietta’s “Mozart and Salieri” concert a delight in Tacoma’s Rialto Theater last weekend

It’s always a pleasure to watch the Northwest Sinfonietta, whose friendship and congenial collaboration is sparklingly evident in their music. On Saturday night at the Rialto Theater, though, the warm partnership wasn’t just confined to the orchestra: The two soloists for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante were viola principal Heather Bentley and outgoing concertmaster Adam LaMotte on violin, and seeing them in the spotlight of their own orchestra was a delight.

The program riffed on the Mozart-Salieri rivalry – a real enough historical fact, as explained by director Christophe Chagnard, but not the murderous jealousy known to many from the 1984 movie “Amadeus.” What was obvious in the Rialto last Saturday (one of the ensemble’s usual three-concert series in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup) was that Antonio Salieri, though he had the prestigious court job, was in no way as memorable as his struggling younger colleague. The Sinfonietta played Salieri’s Sinfonia in D with as much elegance as they could, but like all the composer’s work it shows his distinct lack of more than a couple of musical ideas, and the effect was rather black-and-white, not helped by some harsh tone and messy entries from the first violins. Read more »


Northwest Sinfonietta opens season with splashy Brahms, delicate Fauré, hesitant Wagner

Opening a chamber orchestra season with Wagner, Fauré and Brahms might seem a little contradictory – certainly brave – but the Northwest Sinfonietta pulled off a heavily Romantic symphonic program with panache last Saturday night at the Rialto, including a vociferous John Novacek on piano.

Wagner opened the evening: the prelude to Act III of “Tristan und Isolde,” which is a stop-start, hesitant contrast to the lush Act I prelude more often played in concert. As the music rose up from the somber lower strings to bleak upper chords, director Christophe Chagnard didn’t seem quite aligned with the music’s

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