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Tag: Rialto Theater


Critic’s picks: Tacoma Jazz and Blues Fest, Salish Sea Early Music, “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding” at Rialto and “Flux” at 253Collective

CodyRentasBand2013Tacoma Jazz and Blues Fest

Three stages featuring bands like the Johnny Lewis Big Band, Roadside Attraction, Arthur Migliazz, and Rich Wetzel’s Higher Jazz Orchestra with Mike Vax make up the annual free Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival this Saturday. 12:30-6 p.m. May 25 (8-11:30 p.m. at Stonegate). Free (or by donation). The Swiss, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma. The Harmon Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Stonegate Pizza and Rum Bar, 5419 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. tacomajazzandblues.org

Salish Sea Early Music  Festival does guitar and flute

Hear John Schneidermann on baroque guitar and Jeffrey Cohan on eight-keyed 1820 baroque flute playing duos by composer Mauro Guiliani. 7 p.m. May 30. $15-$20 donation/$5 university students/free for 18 and under. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-537-0201, salishseafestival.org

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Marié Rossano takes over from Schubert as the main attraction at Northwest Sinfonietta concerts in Tacoma and Puyallup

Move over, Schubert: Marié Rossano has arrived. During concerts at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater and Puyallup’s Pioneer Park Pavilion last weekend the Northwest Sinfonietta learned the hard way that the 17-year-old prodigy violinist Rossano was far and away the headline attraction over classical greats Beethoven and Schubert, causing audiences to give standing ovations midway through pieces and leave in droves right after her performance.

Rossano, a Seattle teenager who already studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and who wowed Sinfonietta audiences two years ago with her rendition of the Brahms double concerto with cellist Julian Schwarz, deserves her

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Critic’s picks: Northwest Sinfonietta, “Hide/Seek” at Tacoma Art Museum, Click Flick at The Grand and Tito Puente Jr. at the Rialto

Northwest Sinfonietta does Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Schubert

Young violin prodigy Marié Rossano returns to play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Northwest Sinfonietta this weekend. Other pieces on the program are Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture and Schubert’s Symphony no. 4, the “Tragic.” 7:30 p.m. tonight (Seattle), March 17 (Tacoma) and 2 p.m. March 18 (Puyallup.) $19-$49. Benaroya Hall, 100 University St., Seattle/Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma/Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. 888-356-6040, nwsinfonietta.org

“Hide/Seek” opens at Tacoma Art Museum

The controversial GLBT American portraiture show “Hide/Seek” opens at Tacoma Art Museum this weekend, with a curator talk and opening party Saturday. Taken down at the Smithsonian last year after patron complaints, it nevertheless received wide acclaim for the quality and diversity of gay and lesbian-themed artwork in multiple media. Curator talk 2 p.m. March 17 ($15/$10/$5). Opening celebration 7-10 p.m. March 17 ($25 advance/$35 at door/free for members). Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays through June 10. $10/$8/free for under-five and third Thursdays 5-8 p.m. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org Read more »


Northwest Sinfonietta announces a 2012/13 season full of high-flying soloists and Cuban collaborations in Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup

The Northwest Sinfonietta at the Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos, Cuba. Courtesy photo.

The recession must indeed be over if local chamber groups like the Northwest Sinfonietta are confidently planning a season full of international collaborations, A-grade soloists and world premiere compositions. That’s what’s in store for NWS audiences in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup, with soloists such as Awadagin Pratt and Cecile Licad, two performances with Cuban musicians and a range of composers from Mozart to Kodály.

“What’s not to like?” says NWS executive director Neil Birnbaum, and he’s right, especially if you’re a fan of the way the Tacoma-based chamber orchestra used to program its concerts pre-recession – with unusual works and stylish programs. Heading up the whole season is a performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, the Choral, featuring a dream line-up of soloists for this beloved work that the Tacoma Symphony is also playing this May: Jennifer Bromagen, Sarah Mattox, Stephen Rumph and the rafter-shaking Clayton Brainerd, along with PLU’s Choral Union. Also on the program is Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. Why? Because augmenting the NWS are musicians from Cuba, playing side-by-side with American musicians for the first time in this country since the Cuban revolution, thanks to the Sinfonietta’s bridge-building Cuba tour in January. Read more »


Tacoma Symphony and Regina Yeh fill the Rialto Theater with rich strings and gossamer piano threads.

The Tacoma Symphony has decided to do a couple of its season concerts in the Rialto Theater every year – and it’s an excellent decision. Yesterday’s concert of Chopin, Barber and Mendelssohn, with an appetizer of Michael Torke’s “Ash,” showed beyond doubt that this chocolate-box Tacoma theater highlights every minute of effort an orchestra puts in, unlike the acoustically dead Pantages, and the TSO made the most of the space with a richness of sound that made most of the program shine.

Most, that is. Unfortunately, the Torke sounded more like an under-rehearsed piece that nobody was terribly convinced

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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 »


Tacoma Symphony family concert moves to Rialto because of street work

Thanks to the street construction all along South 9th Street in downtown Tacoma, the Tacoma Symphony has moved its first annual Family concert this Sunday afternoon from Urban Grace Church one block eastwards down the hill to the Rialto. Here’s what I’ve already posted on it.

“Apparently you can’t get in the door (of the church),” said TSO executive director Andy Buelow, who added that the organization was expecting a big audience of young children to the orchestra’s first family concert. The program includes perennial child favorite “Peter and the Wolf,” which tells a Russian story through different

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