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Tag: Pacific Northwest Ballet


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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No fees this week for PNB tickets


If you’re thinking of buying tickets for the upcoming Pacific Northwest Ballet season, this might be the week to do it. Through July 25 PNB is offering a deal of no service fees on tickets, including subscriptions.

The 2010-2011 season is full of good stuff, for sure. The September “Director’s Choice” repertory program includes Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces” to music by Phillip Glass, November sees an all-Tharp program, Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” in February with choreography by Kent Stowell, two world premieres in the March contemporary program, “Pinocchio” (also in March), the renowned PNB production of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s

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Critic’s Picks: New vocal ensemble Canonici, On taiko/electronic fusion, Northwest Folklife Festival and PNB’s “Coppélia”

On Ensemble world taiko

The Broadway Center presents the On Ensemble combining Japanese taiko drums and percussion with electronica and Tuvan throat singing in a world music fusion. 7:30 p.m. May 28. $39/$24. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Canonici Consort of Voices

Tacoma’s new early music vocal ensemble, led by singers like Anne Lyman and James Brown, presents a concert of Renaissance a cappella music by Dufay, Ockeghem, De la Rue and Josquin. 7:30 p.m. May 28. $12/$10 students and seniors. Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd, Tacoma. canonici@comcast.net

Northwest Folklife Festival

It just wouldn’t be

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New guest artists, same wonderful sets and dancing at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

PNB-Nutcracker8It’s always a dilemma – do you support local Tacoma ballet companies dancing “The Nutcracker” or do you make the crowded-freeway/nightmare-parking/expensive-ticket trek to the Seattle Center to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s highly acclaimed version with sets by Maurice Sendak? This year, I’m trying to do both.

On Saturday night I did PNB. For 23  years now our nationally-famous Seattle company has done this version, and it’s still marvellous. Thanks to the new film of “Where the Wild Things Are,” the sets by kids’ author Maurice Sendak take on a whole new look: the Stahlbaum’s pink-and-blue Rococo Christmas party where Clara gets her Nutcracker toy, the pale snow scene with lacy stage wings, Clara and the Prince’s magical boat trip (with a Wild Thing peering out from behind an island) and finally the lush palace of the Pasha where all those exotic candy dances are performed.

The dancing, too, is always excellent at PNB. Read more »