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Thursday
Oct232014

Gallery Show: d'Elaine Johnson, Myths of the World

 The Washington Center Gallery presents

Dates: October 22 - November 23
Reception: October 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

d'Elaine's paintings are more than a picture. They have a decorative flair, a patterning of design, and an air of enchantment into the imagery of symbolism. The flat surface and objects are transfixed with a magical suspension of time, the unreality of myths of the sea, and all waters of humankind.

Saturday
Nov012014

Olympia Chamber Orchestra: Ghosts and Goblins

Saturday, November 1, at 7:30 pm
Kenneth J Minnaert Center Main Stage

Wear your costume one more day because we will still be celebrating with Gounod, Saint Saens, Sulllivan, Offenbach, Gluck, Anderson, and Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony. This concert features Bass Thomas Freet.

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Sunday
Nov022014

SOGO Fall 2014 Concert

Sunday, November 02, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

The Conservatory Orchestra will present Weber's Overture from the opera Oberon, Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring Nolan Welch, and Grieg's music from the Peer Gynt Suites. Also appearing: Brass Choir, Academy and Debut Orchestras.

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Friday
Nov072014

Michael Kaeshammer

The Washington Center Presents

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

German born, Canadian raised pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer performs his singular sound of pop-tinged jazz. Noted for his dazzling showmanship, Mr. Kaeshammer brings the audience along for a fun musical ride that is sure to entertain. “The boogie-woogie pianist best known as a must-see live act reaffirms his true colours here: he’s an R& B hound, particularly if there’s a New Orleans roll to the beat." – Bernard Perusse – Montreal Gazette

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Sunday
Nov092014

The Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

November 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Bellini: Overture to I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Prokofiev: Suite No. 2 from the ballet Romeo and Juliet
Lars-Erik Larsson: Conciertino for Double Bass, Op. 45 soloist: Logan Coale, double-bass
Bernstein: Symphonic dances from West Side Story

As 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, I feel it was a must to do a concert based on the Bard—and his indelible inspiration to generations of composers.  This program focuses on the play Romeo and Juliet (completed in 1595), and the young “star-crossed lovers” from feuding Italian families.  The Overture to Bellini’s rarely-produced opera I Capuleti and Montecchi opens this concert, and a Suite from the amazing ballet-score by Serge Prokofiev will also be performed—one of the most stirring Russian works in the repertoire.  Romeo and Juliet inspired West Side Story, and the “Symphonic Dances” concert-hall work that Leonard Bernstein crafted from the full Broadway has become one of the most treasured pieces of American orchestral music.  A short Concerto for Double Bass by the Swedish composer, Lars-Erik Larsson, rounds out this program—note how the solo works go from bottom to top throughout our “Fact or Fiction” season!

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Thursday
Nov132014

SPSCC Artist & Lecture Series: Sherman Alexie 

South Puget Sound Community College Artist and Lecture Series:

Thursday, November 13 at 7:30pm
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

SPSCC is pleased to bring award-winning Native American author Sherman Alexie to campus. Alexie will speak from his book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."

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