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Gallery Show: Hart James, The Ancients

The Washington Center Gallery presents

Dates: January 7 - March 7
Reception: January 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM

They have stood on this earth before the human species arrived to the planet. Trees have born witness to the rise and fall of civilizations/ survived climate change/ and still stand tall as they struggle to persevere our industrialization of the planet. Hart’s paintings invite the viewer into the practice of reverence of ‘The Ancients.’

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Black Box Jazz: Maria Joyner-Wulf

The Washington Center Presents

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

  Maria Joyner-Wulf is an Olympia based drummer, multi-instrumentalist and music educator. A native of the northwest, Maria grew up in Aberdeen and fell in love with music at an early age. Throughout her performance career she has made appearances on stages across the country including New York City and the Kennedy Center. Since settling back in the northwest Maria has made a name for herself both as a bandleader and sideman including performing with and directing the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra and KPLU's School of Jazz.

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National Geographic- Brian Skerry

The Washington Center Presents

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

  Our National Geographic series returns with photojournalist and marine conservationist Brian Skerry. Skerry's award winning underwater photography shows us the mystery of our ocean's depths. Skerry’s powerful presentations showcase award-winning imagery and thrilling wildlife encounters, inspire reverence for the marine realm, and offer hope for protecting the vitality of our world’s oceans.

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Memphis the Musical

The Washington Center Presents

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

  From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

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SPSCC Artist & Lecture Series: Terry McMillan  

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center Main Stage

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The Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Mentor and Disciples

February 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Walton: Viola Concerto soloist: Caitlin Lynch, viola
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104

The second half of our season moves from heavily programmatic and pictorial works to abstract or “absolute” pieces, such as numbered symphonies and concertos.  The English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, was famous for writing pieces for string orchestra: his melodic and soul-soothing Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus is a mesmerizing piece for strings and harp alone.  Many English composers in the first part of the 20th-century idolized the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, and his distinctive compositional style.  Vaughan Williams was a big fan and so too was William Walton, whose warm and intense Viola Concerto illustrates the influence of Sibelius’ orchestral coloration.  Although not as famous as his Second or Fifth, Sibelius’ Sixth Symphony is a gorgeous work, full of Nordic introspection—and the opening string paragraph sounds as if it could be by Vaughan Williams!

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