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Tacoma Concert Band celebrates 30 years with flair

The Tacoma Concert Band definitely had something worth celebrating last Saturday night at its 30th Anniversary Spectacular concert in the Pantages Theater – great playing, innovative programming and a whole lot of commitment.

Putting together a varied program that pulled from the band’s 30 years of going way beyond the Sousa box was founding director Robert Musser, careful and competent with the baton. After a Sousa march (the very first piece the band ever played) came a string of vibrant favorites, played with flair: the March from Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphoses,” with its ominous-turned-triumphant theme just slightly messy, but offset

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Happy Anniversary, Tacoma Concert Band!

The Tacoma Concert Band celebrates its 30th anniversary year with a special concert this Saturday, featuring trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti, who has played in over 40 countries with jazz greats such as Woody Herman, “Doc” Severinsen and Chick Corea, and classical ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic and the Tokyo Symphony. The program directed by founder Robert Musser also includes band favorites such as Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphoses” and the music from “Star Wars.”

To commemorate this community band’s anniversary, Governor Christine Gregoire has also declared Feb. 26 “Tacoma Concert Band Day.”

7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. $15/$10/free for 16 and under.

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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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Hear Tacoma Concert Band for free in South Sound parks

Summer and Sousa make an excellent combination, and nobody does it better than the Tacoma Concert Band. This 60-piece band is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season, and opens with “Fantasia!” on October 9 at the Pantages, complete with a world premiere composition for harp and band. The season continues with Sousa, Mexican music and a reappearance by trumpet virtuoso Alan Vizutti.

But this week you can hear them for free in the great outdoors, in their annual Summer Concerts in the Parks series. Each concert has a “pops”-style program of best-of-bands, and is a fun thing for families.

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Concert Band, “Splash” art in Gig Harbor, “Flow” at Mineral and Tacoma Art Supply

Tacoma Concert Band mixes Russian and American

Seattle soprano Heidi Vanderford is the soloist in the Tacoma Concert Band’s final show of the season, “A Russian-American Potpourri,” including works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Gershwin and Bernstein, plus student solo winner flutist Candy Chang. 7:30 p.m. May 1. $15-$30. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.tacomaconcertband.org

“Flow” at Mineral

Calligraphic art from locals Andrea Erickson and Maureen McHugh – the one sumi-character-based, the other modernist – is up now at Mineral. Noon-5 p.m. Tue, Thur and Sat and by appointment. Free. 301 Puyallup Ave. Ste. A, Tacoma. 253-250-7745, www.lisakinoshita.com


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Critic’s Picks: “Water Music,” MOVE!, Tacoma Concert Band and Tacoma Symphony

New York Chamber Soloists play “Water Music”

Appropriately enough for a rainy November, the New York Chamber Soloists are in town courtesy of Tacoma Philharmonic to play Handel’s “Water Music,” plus three Mozart works. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $32.50-$62.50. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomaphilharmonic.org, www.broadwaycenter.org

MLKBallet does another Move!

Move! #15 features a stellar line-up, including MLKBallet with Vicci Martinez, Spectrum Dance, Barefoot Collective, Tacoma Dance Collective and Coriolis. Proceeds go to this downtown tuition-free ballet school. 7 p.m. Nov. 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 21. $12 advance/$15 at door. SOTA Theater, 1118 Commerce St.,

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