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Local painter Marie Le Davay to show, sell work for Tacoma Symphony harp concert

Tacoma Symphony concerts now have a visual art element to them. Local painter Marie Le Davay began showing her post-impressionist-style paintings in the Pantages lobby during the TSO’s concert in December, and she’ll be doing the same this Sunday afternoon for “Electric Harp.”

A native of Paris, France, Le Davay has had a life of living in interesting places (Iran, England) thanks to family relocations and has pursued painting alongside her studies and work teaching sociology. Having studied from teachers such as J. Petgar and Marie Shayans, she paints landscapes and still lifes with a blurry, impressionistic

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Critic’s Picks: Rockwell at TAM, Tacoma Symphony, Gig Harbor trio and Tacoma Urban Orchestra

Norman Rockwell at TAM

‘American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” features 42 paintings and 323 original magazine covers by the iconic 20th-century American illustrator, and opens at Tacoma Art Museum this weekend with curator lecture, art activities and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., then 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed-Sun, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays through May 30. $9/$8/free for five and under and 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Tacoma Symphony plays world percussion premiere

This Sunday the Tacoma Symphony plays a brand-new concerto for duo percussion by local composer Greg Youtz, along with Debussy’s

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Critic’s Picks: TSO “Messiah,” Click Flick, Fisher at Mineral and the Christmas Revels

Tacoma Symphony  does “Messiah”

Hear all the favorite choruses (“Hallelujah”) and arias (“The Trumpet Shall Sound”) in Handel’s Christmas oratorio, “Messiah,” sung by the Tacoma Symphony Chorus with the orchestra accompanying. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. $25. St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.tacomasymphony.org

Click Flick: “A Christmas Story”

The monthly free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema this weekend is 1980s classic “A Christmas Story.” Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Fisher’s glowing

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Four main performing arts groups announce their new seasons, with plenty of new stuff promised

Four of Tacoma’s main performing arts groups – the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera and the Broadway Center for Performing Arts – have announced their 2010-2011 seasons, and there’s a refreshing array of new work on the cards. And for those wanting to buy subscription tickets, now’s the time to get good seats and deals. 

Northwest Sinfonietta

The Sinfonietta kicks off its 20th anniversary year with the first classical concert of the season on Oct. 1, 2 and 3. Three nights? You bet. Because for each of the five concert programs, there are three separate performances

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Cellist Soo Bae and Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique” wrap up Tacoma Symphony season


It’s hard to believe it’s the end of the 2009/10 concert season already, but the last subscription concert for the Tacoma Symphony season is this weekend. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday night the Pantages will fill with the lush symphonic sounds of Dvorak, Berlioz and Michael Daugherty, together with those of rising cello soloist Soo Bae.

The program’s a hefty one. Daugherty’s an American composer whose Elvis tribute was played by the Northwest Sinfonietta last fall; the TSO will play the slapstick “Oh, Lois!” section of his Superman-inspired “Metropolis Symphony.” Up-and-coming Korean-Canadian cellist Soo Bae, called “superb” by The New

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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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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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Tacoma Symphony opens season with all-American program featuring pianist Andrew Armstrong

It’s good, solid, all-American fare: Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein and Dvorak all on the same program for the season kick-off by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra this Saturday night.

The program includes favorite evergreens like Dvorak’s romantic “New World” symphony, the brassy “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Copland and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story” (you’ll recognize the show themes instantly.)

But the highlight is probably American piano soloist Andrew Armstrong, who made a hit at the Van Cliburn competition in 1993 and hasn’t looked back since, performing around the country. He’ll be playing Gershwin’s jazz-inspired

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