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Tag: Second City Chamber Series


Husband-and-wife team offer unusual combination of violin and percussion for the next Second City Chamber Series concert

How often do you get to see a husband-and-wife performing classical music together? Well, if they play percussion and violin respectively, not that often – which is why this weekend’s Second City Chamber Series concert is not to be missed. Violinist Denise Dillenbeck joins her husband, percussionist and composer Mark Goodenberger, to play an eclectic evening of music at First Lutheran Church as DuoDG in “These Two Things Do Not Go Together.”

If you’re wondering who on earth has written music for this unlikely combination of instruments, the answer is simple: Contemporary composers who have a good appreciation of the unique sonorities you get when you combine the rich melodic voice of the violin and the vast array of timbres and rhythms available to percussionists. One of those composers is Goodenberger himself. Director of percussion at Central Washington University and a specialist of contemporary and baroque percussion, he’s also a prolific writer of music, joining music of different styles from theater, dance and vaudeville.

Dillenbeck, known as the former associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, has just taken a position at CWU as well as second violin in the college’s resident Kairos Quartet. Read more »


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: Mexican trio at Tacoma Art Museum, sax jazz at Marine View, cabaret with Second City Chamber Series and new music in Old Town

Trío Lucero del Norte play at Tacoma Art Museum

To complement Tacoma Art Museum’s current exhibition of Mexican folk art, Trío Lucero del Norte will play son huasteco and other traditional dances from the Huasteca region of Mexico this Sunday afternoon. Ticket price includes gallery admission. 2 p.m. Jan. 7. $15/$10 members/$5 students. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Saxophonist Patrick Lamb at Jazz LIVE at Marine View

The Jazz LIVE at Marine View concert this month features saxophonist Patrick Lamb, whose music fuses funk, soul, R&B and jazz. He’ll be backed by a

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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 »


World-class chamber music for Halloween at Annie Wright school, courtesy of Carpe Diem string quartet and Tacoma’s Second City Chamber Series

The Carpe Diem string quartet. Courtesy photo.

It’s a sad day in Tacoma when a world-class string quartet performs terrific music worth six standing ovations to an audience of 63. That, unfortunately, was the case last Friday night for the opening of the Second City Chamber Series season – a riveting performance of Transylvania-themed music by the Carpe Diem quartet (plus local bassist Chris Burns) in the Annie Wright School Great Hall, only half-full.

With the kind of incredibly unity of thought, emotion and sound that only a top-notch chamber group can attain, the nationally-based Carpe Diem (replacing the previously-booked Odeon) spent the night on the classical end of their indie-rock-classical reputation to whirl their way through a program of Eastern European music. Themed around Transylvania and “Castelul Dracul,” the evening went from the romantic Gypsy virtuosity of Grigoras Dinicu and Vittorio Monti to the Brahmsian Ernö Dohnányi and folk-modernist Zoltán Kodály, right up to the campy Hollywood humor of American composer Jon Deak. From start to finish, the playing was impeccable. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Flamenco at Theater on the Square, Shakespeare at University of Puget Sound, spooky chamber music at Annie Wright and a new play Tacoma’s Toy Boat Theatre

Savannah Fuentes (front) and Saray Munoz, flamenco artists. Courtesy photo.

TOTS hosts visiting flamenco artists

Seattle flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes is joined by Spanish singer Saray Munoz and gypsy guitarist Pedro Cortes in an all-ages show “3 Glorias Flamenco en Vivo” at Theater on the Square tomorrow. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $25/$15/$12.  TOTS, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894,www.broadwaycenter.org

“As You Like It” at University of Puget Sound

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “As You Like It” opens in a student production at University of Puget Sound tonight. The play with the famous quote ‘All the world’s a stage,’ “As You Like It” tells the story of banished lovers, family conflicts and unrequited love in a tangle of characters. 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 29, Nov. 4 and 5; 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5. $11/ $7 seniors, military personnel, students, and Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253.879.3419, ups.universitytickets.com

Hear Dracula’s chamber music at Annie Wright

The Second City Chamber Series presents “Castelul Dracul,” an evening of Transylvania-themed chamber music including Jon Deak’s “Lucy and the Count” (with the double-bass as Dracula), and works by Enescu and Bartók. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $32/$29/$10/children free. Great Hall, Annie Wright school, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org

Toy Boat Theatre reads Nick Stokes’ new play “Dusk”

A work by local playwright Nick Stokes gets a reading this weekend at Toy Boat Theatre. “Dusk” explores the effects of isolation from normal life on a husband and wife and their fight for survival. 7 p.m. Oct. 30, talkback afterward. Free. Toy Boat Theatre, 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. www.toyboattheatre.com

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Strings play in harmony for classically-themed Second City Chamber Series concert in Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood

Last Thursday’s concert at Lakewold Gardens for the Second City Chamber Series was everything the classical era aspired to be: elegant, serene, harmonious and just a touch witty, thanks to a quartet of local string players.

Violinist Blayne Barnes (recently returned to Seattle from Minnesota) and Tacoma native/Minnesota cellist Diane Tremaine Kogle joined Tacomans Janis Upshall on violin and Mary Manning on viola to play music of Esterháza, the Austro-Hungarian court where Franz Joseph Haydn produced the bulk of his compositions. Like the Monticello-themed concert last month, the idea of pairing a beautiful classical music location with Lakewold’s

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma poetry walk, Sandpiper Gallery, Jazz Port Townsend and Second City Chamber Series at Lakewold Gardens

Tacoma Poetry Walk

Following on from the recently published Downtown On the Go Walk Tacoma maps, local poet Luke Smiraldo will lead a poetry walk around the brewery district, stopping at various locations to allow participants to write about their surroundings and take in the urban landscape. Journals, water and snacks supplied. Noon today. Free. Starts at University of Washington staircase, 1900 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. RSVP by July 18 to 253-682-1739 or dotg@tacomachamber.org

Shakov and Wooten at Sandpiper

Tacoma husband and wife team Valdimir Shakov and Chris Wooten show individual work at Sandpiper: Shakov’s silver gelatin photographs of shimmer-draped

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