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Tag: Pantages Theater


Critic’s Picks: UPS piano fest, Tacoma Symphony Chorus, Tacoma Symphony Family concert and Valentine’s Day burlesque at the Pantages

William Ransom at UPS piano fest

Internationally-known American pianist William Ransom kicks off the 23rd annual Piano Festival at the University of Puget Sound tonight with a recital. The festival tomorrow showcases local middle and high school piano students, with workshops, concerts and a competition.

7:30 p.m. tonight, festival tonight and tomorrow. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS, North Union Avenue and North 15th Streets, Tacoma. 253-879-6013, pugetsound.edu

TSO Chorus’ “Sonic Valentine”

Instead of a card, give a concert this Valentine’s Day. The Tacoma Symphony Chorus and University of Washington Chamber Singers team up for a “Sonic Valentine” in the reverberant First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tacoma. They’ll be singing luscious ear candy from Mendelssohn to Eric Whitacre to indie pop hit “Cells Planets.” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $20. First Presbyterian, 20 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

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Critic’s Picks: “A Chorus Line” at the Pantages, Second City Chamber Series, sumi-e at Flow and the AMOCAT awards party

Chorus Line at the Pantages

It’s one singular sensation: The national tour of this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, one of Broadway’s longest-running, comes to the Pantages Theater this weekend.7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. $49/$59/$69/$84. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

Second City Chamber Series opens its season

SCCS opens the season with “In Sickness and in Health,” turbulent music from Schubert and Sibelius played by the Aeolis String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $32/$29/$10/free for 18 and under. Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, scchamberseries.org

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Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “The Princess Bride” at The Grand, Gaelic Storm, Tacoma City Ballet’s Storybook Theater and Pachamama at Pantages

Click Flick is “The Princess Bride”

This months’ free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is “The Princess Bride,” the hilarious medieval adventure spoof with Cary Elwes as a dashing Errol Flynn lookalike. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

In for a Gaelic Storm

Swashbuckling Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm sweeps back into the Pantages this weekend for an evening of the rollicking fun that made them famous in the movie “Titanic” and just earned them a #1 on the Billboard

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Tacoma Symphony Orchestra puts on a joyful finale at the Pantages, despite amplification issues, in Beethoven’s 9th last Saturday

Tacoma’s Pantages Theater was filled last Saturday night with joyous sounds from both stage and audience – appropriate enough, since the program for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s season finale included Beethoven’s 9th symphony with its beloved “Ode to Joy” final movement. But while the evening featured some very fine playing from the orchestra, masterful control from director Harvey Felder and delightful singing from all four soloists, the Tacoma Symphony Chorus was unfortunately hampered by something you don’t really want to hear in this colossal masterpiece – bad audio amplification.

The basic problem all classical music groups encounter in the Pantages is lousy acoustics. The architecturally splendid hall was in fact built for vaudeville and film, not orchestras, and anyone trying to make a lovely instrumental sound in there is hit by a wall of deadness, cutting off reverberation and making the most golden tones sound harsh. The fact that the orchestra sounded so good playing this dramatically bursting music shows just how well they played. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Seattle Symphony free, “Grease” at the Paramount, Mirka Hokkanen prints and the Peking Acrobats

“Grease” is back at the Paramount

Groove along to faves like “Greased Lightnin’” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in this national Broadway tour of the beloved musical, starring Alyssa Herrera and Matt Nolan. Jan. 7-9. Tickets from $18. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. 877-784-4849, www.stgpresents.org

Free Seattle Symphony shows

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will perform three free community concerts in January, led by assistant conductor Eric Garcia, with a program including Mozart’s Concerto in B-flat major for Bassoon and Orchestra; Honegger’s “Pastorale d’été;” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 47 in G major. Noon today at City Hall,

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Critic’s Picks: Cirque Mechanics, Speakeasy circus, MOVE dance and Stadium Art and Wine Walk

Cirque Mechanics at the Pantages

Cirque Mechanics of “Birdhouse Factory” fame are back in town with a world premiere opening tonight: “Boomtown,” circus set in the Gold Rush era. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2. $28/$38/$48/$64. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Speakeasy circus

Circus gets kooky at the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative late tonight, with local bands and DJs, performers from Seattle’s SANCA circus school and guest artists unleashing the dark side of circus. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. tonight. $10 (ages 21+). Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, 543 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-426-5704, www.speakeasyartscooperative.com

MOVE! dance show #17

The dancers at MLKBallet bring the

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