When cellist Gretchen Yanover performs with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup this month, she won't just be sticking to classical. Instead, Yanover will plug her electric cello into a looping pedal and do something many orchestra musicians are a little scared of: her own improvisation.
You can't see the Northern Lights from Tacoma, Washington - or even from Latvia. But Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds was inspired on a trip to Norway to write a multimedia symphony turning the aurora borealis into music. And he'll be in Tacoma this weekend as Pacific Lutheran University gives the U.S. premiere of his "Nordic Light Symphony."
Kristin Lee has been playing the violin since she was 6. She's been playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto since she was 13. Now, at 30, she'll play it again with Symphony Tacoma this weekend – and she finds something new in it, every time.
It's not just a Russian opera by a Russian composer (Tchaikovsky) based on a Russian novel (by Pushkin). Nor is it just a very Russian love story (passion, rejection, seduction, death and more passion). No, Tacoma Opera's "Eugene Onegin" also has an actual Russian to sing the lead role – Seattle baritone Misha Myznikov.
"Ghostbusters" in lace hip scarves? You bet. Tacoma Belly Dance studio brings belly dancers from around Puget Sound to Urban Grace Church Jan. 28 for "Horrific," a show that combines two genres you never knew could go together: belly dance and horror flicks. Who you gonna call??
When Tacoma's Puget Sound Revels decided to set their annual Christmas folk-song production in long-ago Wales, they didn't realize they'd be getting actual Welsh musicians: Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones, who play harps and fiddles as Deuair.
As Sonoro Women's Choir rehearse their Christmas concerts in Tacoma and Lakewood, they're not alone. With a shortage of male singers, many U.S. choirs are turning all-female. The result is a spine-tingling, angelic tone — and a tight-knit family of singers.
You'd be forgiven for thinking saxophone was just a jazz instrument - there are almost more concertos than orchestral pieces. Erik Steighner, who'll play the Demersseman "Fantaisie" with the Tacoma Concert Band this weekend, tells us just why he loves sax. Er - yes. Sax. With an "a".
War. Rape. Refugees. Conflicting cultures and religions. If this sounds like 2016 to you, you’re right – but it’s also what was happening in 177 C. E., when a Chinese heroine was born who’s the star of Tacoma’s first brand-new opera in decades.
Erin Ceragioli, artistic director of Tacoma City Ballet, visits the construction site of Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center where in 2017 the company will stage its annual performance of "The Nutcracker."
When Mark Brombaugh gives the Tacoma premiere of a new Partita by David Dahl on Sept. 30, it will be bittersweet. Both men know the Christ Episcopal organ well: Brombaugh's brother John built it, and Dahl played it for 30 years as the church's organist. But Dahl's vision is rapidly failing, and this might be the last piece the well-known musician ever writes.
Watch artists at work creating the giant mural on the south wall of the People's Community Center in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood. The mural – featuring iconic sights and local African American heroes in their childhood – will be ready in time for Saturday's People's Pool grand opening.
It's not your average choir. Tacoma's Community House Choir does "Do Re Mi" and Michael Jackson, sings in Arabic and Kurdish and welcomes refugees by singing with them. And director Erin Guinup wants it to inspire others - beginning with citizenship ceremonies for National Welcome Week.
Tacoma's Urban Sketchers have been roaming the city with pencils and paper for three years now, but this weekend they're going big by hosting the 4th annual West Coast Sketch Crawl. The two days of sketching and sharing are free and open to anyone, from beginner to expert.