GO Arts: Critic's Picks: TEDx Tacoma, The Esoterics in Olympia, Project Trio and Hesperion XXI in Seattle

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 27, 2014 

TEDX in Tacoma

TEDx, the independent version of the international TED talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design, comes for the fourth year to Tacoma, featuring local leaders like singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez, cellist Emily Peterson, radio host Bob Rivers, web designer Adam Argyle, genome scientist Tony Blau and more speaking on connectivity. 3-9 p.m. (music afterwards). $79. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, ted.com/tedx

The Esoterics sing “Oceana”

Seattle a cappella choir The Esoterics kick off 2014 with “Oceana,” a free Olympia concert of music about water by contemporary composers like Richard Rodney Bennett, Gösta Nystroem and Esoterics director Eric Banks. Part of the proceeds go to the Splash drinking water non-profit. 3 p.m. March 2. Entry by donation. St. John’s Episcopal, 114 20th St. SE, Olympia. 360-253-8527, stjohnsoly.org, theesoterics.org

Project Trio

A cellist, a bassist and a beat-boxing flutist make up the eclectic Brooklyn chamber group Project Trio, who take classical music and drop-kick it into a 21st-century world of pop fusion and improvisation – loved by over 92,000 YouTube subscribers. They’ll be at Theatre on the Square this weekend. 7:30 p.m. March 1. $22/$36. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

Hesperion XXI bring Spanish baroque to Seattle

Baroque superstars Hesperion XXI, led by gamba player Jordi Savall, have been stunning early music audiences for decades. Now, thanks to the Early Music Guild, they bring baroque “Folias” of Spain and Latin America to Town Hall, along with Mexican folklore group Tembembe Ensamble Continuo and special guest harpist Andrew Lawrence King. 8 p.m. Feb. 28. $42 general/$37 seniors/$25 side-sections/$20 students and under-25. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle. 206-325-7066, earlymusicguild.org

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

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