GO Arts: Critic' Picks: Tacoma Opera, Olalla Sunday Series, Britten centenary and local songs at PLU

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 6, 2014 

Tacoma Opera does “The Barber of Seville”

Immortalized by Bugs Bunny, Rossini’s comic opera masterpiece “The Barber of Seville” shows off all its silly songs, slapstick gags and ridiculous characters this weekend at the Rialto, courtesy of Tacoma Opera. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $28/$38/$48/$58/$68. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, tacomaopera.com

Cuban music in Olalla

Tacoma-based Cuban trio Sin Embargo and guitarist Alejandro Fleites will kick off the 2014 Second Sunday Music Series at the Olalla Community Club this weekend. The trio’s repertoire combines Latin, jazz, Cuban and American music woven together with stories and anecdotes about the songs’ cultural roots. Poulsbo duo Hank and Claire will open. The series continues March 9 with Celtic ensemble Magical Strings. Hank and Claire follow with acoustic folk in April, and children’s entertainer Jim Valley performs in May. 2 p.m. Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 13 and May 11. $15 donation. Olalla Community Hall, 12970 Olalla Valley Rd. SE, Olalla. 253-857-5650, olallacommunityclub.org

Concert for Britten’s centenary

Seattle Pro Musica presents a concert of choral work by Benjamin Britten as part of this year’s worldwide centenary celebrations for the renowned British composer. On the program are the “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” and “Five Flower Songs,” juxtaposed by music from contemporary composers like Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. 3 p.m. Feb. 9. $15 general/$10 senior, PLU community/$5 student. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. seattlepromusica.org, brownpapertickets.com

Youtz music with Kupinse poetry at PLU

Tacoma composer Greg Youtz has set ten poems from former Tacoma poet laureate William Kupinse’s “Fallow” to music, and they’ll be performed this Tuesday at Pacific Lutherna University where Youtz is on the faculty. Kupinse – associate professor of English at the University of Puget Sound – has written all ten poems to embody some aspect of living in the Northwest from moss to leafblowers, and Youtz’ music draws on styles from classical to jazz. They’ll be sung by Erin Calata. 8 p.m. Feb. 11. Free. Choral room 306, Music School, PLU, 12180 Park Ave. S, Tacoma. 253-535-7602, plu.edu/music

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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