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New director Ludovic Morlot makes ebullient debut with Seattle Symphony

If the full house at Benaroya Hall last Saturday night was expecting something new from the Seattle Symphony’s brand new director Ludovic Morlot, they certainly got it. The young Frenchman opened the SSO’s 2011/12 season and his own reign as artistic director with the kind of energy that promises an exciting new era for the orchestra: contemporary music, creative twists and an honest informality that backs up Morlot’s mission to reestablish the SSO as an orchestra for the whole city.

Beginning, appropriately enough, with Beethoven’s Overture to “The Consecration of the House” (written for a new theater opening,

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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: New Year’s Eve at First Night Tacoma, Benaroya Hall, St. James Cathedral and the Grand Cinema

New Year’s Eve: Four Picks

There’s not a lot going on in the arts world right after New Year, but there’s plenty to choose from tonight. Here are four picks for the last night of the year.

First Night Tacoma

This family-friendly, booze-free, arts-based celebration runs from 6:30 p.m. til just after midnight in Tacoma’s theater district, and ranges from live music through vaudeville and street bands to burning tiger effigies. See our story for details. 6:30 p.m. tonight. $10/$5 buttons from BCPA box office, Tacoma Art Museum and more. Various locations in downtown Tacoma, centering on Broadway

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Critic’s Picks: Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Concert Band and Seattle Symphony

Second City Chamber Series goes to Israel

Second City opens its new main season with a program of music with Jewish roots: Bloch, Schiff, Lavry and Schulhoff, played by piano trio and Eb clarinet. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $32/$29 seniors/$10 students/free for under-18. Great Hall, Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org

Tacoma Film Festival opens

This local festival features dozens of short and long independent films, many made in the Northwest, and ranging from documentary to feature to animation. Oct. 7-14, see website or brochure for schedule. $8.50/$6.50 matinee. Various Tacoma venues including the Grand Cinema

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Seattle Symphony names Ludovic Morlot as new music director



French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been named the new music director for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra by the orchestra’s board of directors. Morlot replaces Gerard Schwarz, who will retain the post of Conductor Laureate, and begins his tenure with the orchestra in the 2011/2012 season.

“I am thrilled and grateful to be given this wonderful opportunity to lead the Seattle Symphony into a new era,” remarked Morlot. “I am eager to share many musical moments and emotions with the Orchestra and its faithful audience, and to meet new concertgoers in the beautiful Benaroya Hall. My family

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Critic’s picks: Seattle Symphony does cartoons, Tacoma-centric at Freedom Fair, harp and tango, and a five-harp concerto concert

Seattle Symphony does Bugs Bunny

The Seattle Symphony combines cartoons and classical music in “Bugs Bunny on Broadway” – if you loved Bugs’ cheeky, sudsy version of “The Barber of Seville” you’ll love this live concert with large screen projections of Warner Bros. cartoons. 7:30 p.m. July 7 and 8. $20-$65. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

Tacoma-centric at Freedom Fair

This year’s Freedom Fair along Ruston Way includes an area designated for local artists, where you can hear local bands and find something handmade, unique and Tacoma-made. July 4. Free. Ruston Way in Marine Park near The

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Critic’s Picks: Traver Gallery, NWRS/Rainier Opera, Seattle Symphony and ArtWalk

Mary Josephson at Traver

The opening this month at Traver Gallery is for Portland-based Mary Josephson, who creates expressive portraits in glass, textile and monotypes. Opening 2-5 p.m. March 13, then 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue-Sat, noon-5 p.m. Sun. through April 4. Free. 1821 E Dock St. Ste 100, Tacoma. 253-383-3685, www.travergallery.com

Opera Night with chorus and opera companies

The Northwest Repertory Singers and Rainier Family Opera collaborate this Saturday night in “A Night at the Opera,” combining their chorus and solo strengths to present favorite staged scenes from “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “La Traviata.” 7:30 p.m. March

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Baritone Charles Robert Stephens bumps Tacoma Symphony for Seattle Symphony in “Messiah”

Even among singers, this one’s pretty swift: Fox Island baritone Charles Robert Stephens, who was scheduled to be one of the four soloists for Tacoma Symphony’s annual performance of the “Messiah” Friday night, has bumped them at the last minute to fill in for an ailing Sanford Sylvan with Seattle Symphony. Tacoma baritone Barry Johnson has agreed to stand in for Stephens in Tacoma.

The soloist roles for the “Messiah,” Handel’s beloved oratorio telling the Christmas and Easter stories through aria and chorus, are vital to the success of a performance. Baritone arias include the famous earthquake recitative, the

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