Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

How do you save Mount Rainier? Symphony Tacoma, Museum of Glass hope to do so with music

It was an unusual party of snowshoers that set out from Paradise this Wednesday. Around 38 orchestra students from Lincoln High School – most of whom had never been up to Mount Rainier – were joined by a climatologist, a composer, a conductor, park rangers and a symphony violinist, their orchestra teacher. The goal? To discover how classical music can help us save our environment in the form of a brand-new piece premiering this Saturday with Symphony Tacoma.

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Auditions for Thea Foss play “The Other Country” in Tacoma this summer

Thea Foss is coming back to Tacoma’s waterfront. No, not the intrepid Norwegian immigrant who arrived here in the 1880s, bought a rowboat and began what became the largest tug boat company on the West Coast. But a play about her – inspired by a Tacoma filmmaker – is happening this August on the Thea Foss Waterway, and you could be in it. Auditions happen next weekend.

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Alan Bryce retires from Centerstage with his latest musical “Cardinal Sins”

It’s not every theater director that has a medieval love story as a farewell. But it’s appropriate for Alan Bryce, who retires this month after 15 years as artistic director at Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way with “Cardinal Sins” – a musical about a medieval cardinal who overcomes heartbreak to create the foundation of modern justice. Yet while the production is Bryce’s last as director, it’s the beginning of a new chapter for his writing.

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Celebrating Tacoma in art, dance and song with the Northwest Repertory Singers

It’s a multimedia kind of spring here in Tacoma. No less than three music groups had the idea to put on a concert that combined classical music with art, glassblowing, even dance. But what sets this weekend’s Northwest Repertory Singers concerts apart are two things: a Tacoma-centric celebration of museums, musicians and dancers and – because it’s a choir – the additional art form of poetry.

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Tacoma art that’s ‘Got Your Back’

It was at her friend George’s funeral that Stephanie Koscelnik realized she had to make art. Not just any art – paintings of her friend’s backs, done by them lying naked on a giant paint palette and then reclining on a sheet of paper. Sounds odd? The results – 21 prints on view in “Got Your Back” at Fulcrum Gallery this Saturday – are in fact profoundly moving.

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Critic’s picks

Our picks for South Sound arts this week: Sounds of Brass, poets in Auburn, Tacoma Opera does Offenbach and Scandinavian fest at Pacific Lutheran University

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