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Critic’s picks: Kids’ concert at Seattle Symphony, “Savage Seas” at Harbor History Museum, Tacoma Concert Band does Sousa and Darwin-inspired art books at UPS

Diane Stemper, "Darwin's Doldrums." Courtesy photo.
Diane Stemper, “Darwin’s Doldrums.” Courtesy photo.

Darwin-inspired art books at the UPS Collins Library

Ohio artist Diane Stemper makes artist books in a wide variety of forms inspired by the science of Charles Darwin and the art of collecting, comparing and classifying, using drawing, linoleum prints, digital prints, found text and more. Artist conversation 4-5 p.m. today. 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday through May 25. Free. Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3675, pugetsound.edu

Seattle Symphony kids’ concert

If you missed the Tacoma Symphony’s Family  Concert last weekend, don’t fret: The Seattle Symphony is playing Stravinsky’s lushly melodic “Firebird Suite,” together with a contemporary percussion concerto, at a concert aimed at kids ages six to 12. 11 a.m. April 20 (10 a.m. petting zoo and activities), free workshop afterward at Soundbridge Center. $20 adults/$15 students, seniors. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-336-6600, seattlesymphony.org

“Savage Seas” paleontology at Harbor History Museum

The Harbor History Museum hosts touring blockbuster exhibit “Savage Seas” featuring over 14 complete specimens of ancient marine reptiles from the Cretaceous period, including Tylosaurus, Archelon and Megalodon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through July 14. $7 adults/$6 military, seniors/$5 ages 7-15/free for ages six and under. Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-858-6722, harborhistorymuseum.org

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Tacoma Concert Band Decks the Rialto for the holidays

Don’t forget the brass this Christmas – musical brass, that is. The brass, wind and percussion of the Tacoma Concert Band are presenting their first holiday concert in over 20 years this Sunday in the intimate acoustics of the downtown Rialto Theater.

Featuring mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula, voice professor at the University of Puget Sound, as guest artist, the program ranges through Christmas, Chanukah and holiday music arranged by composers from Leroy Anderson, Irving Berlin and Adolphe Adam to Charles Gounod and J. S. Bach, including and several arrangements recorded by Mannheim Steamroller.

The concert will also be recorded

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“Ooh La La”: The Tacoma Concert Band goes French this Sunday with a visit from the band of La Croix Valmer.

The La Croix Valmer Band. Courtesy photo.

The Tacoma Concert Band goes French this weekend, literally, with a concert in the Pantages Theater that features both French music and a French band, visiting Tacoma this week from La Croix Valmer on France’s Cote d’Azur.

It’s a reciprocal visit. Back in 2007 the 60-strong Tacoma Concert Band, now in its 32nd season, was invited to perform at Les Anches d’Azur, an international band festival in La Croix Valmer. It was the second time the band had toured to Europe, and the experience was wonderful, say band members.

“We had a fabulous trip,” said TCB board president and trumpeter Jim Hunt. “They had set up day-trips for us to Monte Carlo, Nice and Toulon. One of our concerts was on the beach, one was in the town square.”

The Tacoma Concert Band on the beach at the 2007 festival at La Croix Valmer, France. Courtesy photo.

Now the TCB get to repay the hospitality. Band members from La Croix Valmer arrive Saturday, hosted by TCB members, for three days of sightseeing in Seattle and Tacoma. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Flamenco at UPS, DASH “Cinderella,” Tacoma Concert Band at Pantages and the Tacoma Youth Chorus at Christ Episcopal

Flamenco at UPS

See world flamenco master Teo Morca with Tacoma dancer Marisela Fleites in a crackling duo show at UPS tonight, alongside singer Vicento Griego and guitarist Gerardo Alcala. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $8. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, tickets.pugetsound.edu

Tacoma Concert Band with flutist Jim Walker

Flute virtuoso Jim Walker, billed as the late Jean Pierre Rampal’s “favorite flute player,” is the soloist for the Tacoma Concert Band’s performance this Saturday in a program including Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Copland. 7:30 p.m. April 28. From $16. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, tacomaconcertband.org Read more »


University Place flute student Torsen Necessary wins Tacoma Concert Band’s Student Soloist Competition

Torsen Necessary, a senior at Curtis High School in University Place, has won the Tacoma Concert Band’s 2012 Student Soloist Competition. The prize includes $500 and a performance as soloist with the band at Tacoma’s Pantages Theater on Feb. 25.

Held since 1990, the competition honors the late Wayne Timmerman, former principal trumpet with the band, and encourages both young regional performers and their school band programs.

“The Student Soloist Competition is the Tacoma Concert Band’s way of contributing to the development of fine young musicians,” said TCB founding director Robert Musser in a press release. “Even the

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Long-time member Carolyn Freudenstein farewells Tacoma Concert Band in a concert this weekend.

The Tacoma Concert Band.

It’s quite something to have played in a community concert band for 20 years. Carolyn Freudenstein, who has played clarinet with the Tacoma Concert Band for just that long, is saying goodbye to the all-volunteer band this weekend in a concert at the Pantages Theater.

The concert combines the TCB with the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, playing music of Sousa, Mussorgsky, Copland, Stephen Foster and more. Founded eight years ago and first conducted by the TCB’s director Robert Musser, the PSYWE is a wind band for young players now led by Gerard Morris, director of bands at the University of Puget Sound.

After all of Carolyn’s dedication and leadership with TCB over the years, it’s really special to have her close this chapter…” says Nancy Musser.

The Tacoma Concert Band plays “Tacoma Concert Band and Friends,” featuring guest ensemble the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $16-$34. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.tacomaconcertband.org, www.eskimo.com/~psywe Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Film Fest, Tacoma Art Museum tapete, Tacoma Concert Band and Art Chantry at Fulcrum

Gig Harbor Film Fest

The annual Gig Harbor Film Festival runs this weekend, featuring a gala appearance by Julie Andrews plus features and shorts by regional, national and international filmmakers. October 14-16. $40 3-day pass, $75 gala or $8/$6 per film. Galaxy Theatre Uptown, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor. www.gigharborfilmfestival.org

Tacoma Art Museum tapetes

This Sunday, watch artists Fulgencio Lazo and Jose Orantes install two giant tapetes (sand paintings) on the floor of the museum’s lobby area in honor of Dia de los Muertos, coming up at the end of this month. Schools and community

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Critic’s Picks: “Magic Flute” in Seattle, Tacoma Concert Band’s “Fiesta,” Family Day at Museum of Glass and Chihuly at Traver

“The Magic Flute” and free Flute-apalooza with Seattle Opera

In celebration of its production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” which opens Saturday, Seattle Opera is hosting a free community Open House this Saturday, including live flute choir performances and opera arias in costume, a treasure hunt, games and a kazoo orchestra. 10 a.m., noon for guided tours (reserve online), 11:15 a.m.-noon for performances, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. other activities. Free. “The Magic Flute” runs May 7-21, tickets from $25. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-389-7676, www.seattleopera.org

Tacoma Concert Band’s “Fiesta”

The Tacoma Concert Band will end its current

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