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Tacoma Opera’s “La Bohème” a success, despite the Rialto Theater and the male leads

Tess Altiveros as Musetta in Tacoma Opera's "La Bohème." Photo: Peter Serko

It’s a brave opera company that puts on a big opera like “La Bohème” in a theater like Tacoma’s Rialto. No pit, no fly, no wings, no backstage and not even much stage room – it’s the kind of thing only a small community opera can get away with. Tacoma Opera’s bigger than that, but the decision to take Puccini’s tangled love-story about starving bohemian artists out of Tacoma’s bigger Pantages was a financial one made by a cautious board. And last Friday night it worked – but despite the venue, not because of it.

Tacoma Opera’s “La Bohème” was, in fact, a success, thanks to smart directing, skilful playing, and some excellent singing from most, if not all, singers.

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Pianist Regina Yeh to break long concert drought with concerto appearance with Tacoma Symphony

Seattle pianist and former Pacific Lutheran University faculty member Regina Yeh will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2 this Sunday with the Tacoma Symphony at the Rialto Theater – her first concerto appearance with the symphony and her first public performance in several months.

Yeh, a young Taiwanese-born American prize-winning pianist who has been on the faculty of both the University of Washington and PLU and is a champion of new and East-West collaborative music, last performed in Tacoma at a Second City Chamber Series concert in November 2010. Noted for her “fiery musicality,” Yeh teaches privately in

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Critic’s picks: Tango at Madera, “Enron” at the Minnaert in Olympia, Cypress Quartet at Tacoma’s Rialto and live art at Tacoma Art Museum

Tango at Madera

Madera Architectural Elements artisan gallery is hosting Latin Grammy-nominated vocalist Maria Volonté, singing blues-infused tango as part of her Blue Tango Tour. The Argentine singer, guitarist and composer is a Gardel Prize winner and member of the Tango Hall of Fame. 3 p.m. Feb. 19. $17.50. Madera Architectural Elements, 2210 Court A, Tacoma. 253-572-1218, www.maderawoodworking.com, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/220019

“Enron” at the Minnaert Center

At South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center the play “Enron” continues this weekend, written by British playwright Lucy Prebble to explore the inner workings of America’s famous corporate collapse. 8 p.m. Feb. 17,

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Good Germanic cheer and plenty of laughs at this year’s Christmas Revels in the Rialto Theater, Tacoma

If you’re looking for merry this Christmas, look no further than the Christmas Revels. The annual show which opened at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater this afternoon was the usual melting pot of folk song, carol, music, dance and foolery, but this year’s production was spiced up by some hilarious German-themed comedy and exquisite polyphonic singing to boot.

Set in 19th-century Bavaria this year, the show was a balanced combination of esoteric folk traditions and comforting familiar customs. Ranging from bizarre masks and thigh-slapping Schuhplattler dancing to tunes like “Silent Night” and “O Tannenbaum,” this year’s Revels also made good use of the German version of Santa, Sankt Nikolaus, to add a little more plot than usually happens at Revels shows.

White-haired and calm, Sankt Nik (a rather tongue-in-cheek Clark Maffitt) hooked the show around his search for a missing Christmas tree, a tradition started in Germany. Accompanied by his grimacing, grunting sidekick Ruprecht (a very funny Tony Curry, channeling a Cirque du Soleil clown) Sankt Nik also raised some laughs with the audience participation gags, looking as resplendent as a bishop-saint should. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: University of Puget Sound string quartet concert, Prairie Line art tour, Northwest Sinfonietta at Tacoma’s Rialto and William Doppman at First Lutheran

Violist Heather Bentley, soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Courtesy photo.

Northwest Sinfonietta contrasts Mozart and Salieri

The Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra debunks the legend of infamous classical-era rivals Mozart and Salieri in a concert featuring both composers this weekend, with soloists Adam LaMotte on violin and Heather Bentley on viola. Also on the program: Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 (Seattle), 12 (Tacoma) and 2 p.m. Nov. 13 (Puyallup.) $19-$49/$10 student rush. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma; Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. 888-356-6040, www.northwestsinfonietta.org

String quartet concert at UPS

Maria Sampen and Tim Christie (violin), Joyce Ramée (viola) and David Requiro (cello) will play string quartets by Beethoven, Copland and Brahms tonight as part of the University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen concert series. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Union Ave., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, ups.universitytickets.com, www.pugetsound.edu

Take the Prairie Line tour for art

The City of Tacoma is busy planning installation art for the proposed $5.83 million Prairie Line Trail downtown, a 2013 rails-to-trails project which will run along the former railway line that connected Tacoma to the rest of America in the 19th century. Find out what’ll be there (and see some temporary art) this Saturday on a free tour. 2 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. Begins Tollefson Plaza, 1700 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. www.cityoftacoma.org

William Doppman plays for Second City series

The next Second City Chamber Series concert features organization co-founder and pianist William Doppman in recital, playing Schubert. 4 p.m. Nov. 13. $20/$10. First Lutheran Church, 524 S. I St., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org Read more »