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Washington Center Main Stage

512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heard of Downtown Olympia and is the premier venue for the Arts in the South Puget Sound.

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September 2017
September 16 At 7:30 pm

Emerald City Music: Not Even the Wind

  Virtuosic classical music shows in Olympia feature the world’s top-tier soloists and chamber musicians. Witness the first-ever performance of a new work by Grammy and Pulitzer prizewinning composer John Luther…

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September 23 At 5:30 pm

CENTER Stage Awards & Gala

Join us for an elegant evening to support The Center’s mission to enhance access to the arts and culture in our community. The evening will include cocktail hour, full dinner, Excellence in the Arts awards…

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October 2017
October 5 At 7:30 pm

Gaelic Storm

Enjoy a glass of champagne with us as we kick off our 32nd season!     After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping,…

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October 8 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Opening Statements

Jeffrey Bell-Hanson, guest conductor Joseph Curiale — Awakening Carl Nielsen — Flute Concerto – Mary Jensen, flute Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op.36 For Olympia Symphony season ticket inquiries, please…

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October 12 At 7:30 pm

A Night with Janis Joplin

  Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock 'n' roll. The…

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October 15 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie Series: The Phantom of the Opera

  Our annual Silent Movie Series is curated by our own house organist Dennis James. Each movie event is presented with live musical accompaniment on our historic Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer…

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October 19 At 7:30 pm

Piaf! The Show

  With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF!, THE SHOW is a musical celebration of the life and music of the…

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October 21 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Union Gospel Mission: Motown Downtown

  The talented dental community, along with a host of friends, will blend retro cool with contemporary sounds to bring you the ultimate jukebox show, Motown Downtown, at The Washington Center…

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October 25 At 6:00 pm

Speaker & Author Liz Murray: Homeless to Harvard

Family Education & Support Services welcomes nationally acclaimed Ted Talks speaker, and bestselling author, Liz Murray who will speak about Forgiveness, Survival, and Resilience.  In her book "Breaking Night,", which was later made into a…

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October 28 At 7:30 pm


  Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best…

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November 2017
November 1 At 7:30 pm

Matt Andersen and Shemekia Copeland

  Two Acts, One Great Night of Blues! A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old fashioned way—touring…

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November 8 At 7:30 pm

Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown

  The two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off as the Washington Center hosts the nationally touring show, Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown. Taking…

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November 9 At 7:30 pm

Warren Miller Entertainment: Line of Descent

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November 12 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Four Funerals and a Wedding

Huw Edwards, Music Director & Conductor Gustav Mahler — Totenfeier Sergei Rachmaniov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Angie Zhang, piano Maurice Ravel — Pavane for a Dead Princess Hector Berlioz — Symphonie…

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November 16 At 7:30 pm

Seattle International Comedy Competition

  Olympia is proud to host a semi-final round of the “everywhere but Seattle” part of the competition. Up to ten comedians will face-off with short, humorous sets while the judges…

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November 17 At 7:30 pm

National Geographic Live: Photojournalist David Guttenfelder

In 2011, David Guttenfelder made history when he helped the Associated Press open a bureau in North Korea—the first-ever Western news agency in the politically isolated country. For the first time…

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November 26 At 5:00 pm

Sing-a-Long Annie

Our annual kick-off to the holiday season proves that “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile!” Relive the humor of Carol Burnett’s Miss Hannigan with “Little Girls,” and take a trip…

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November 29 At 7:30 pm

Kenny G: Miracles, Holiday & Hits Tour 2017

  Take a joyous ride through the smooth sounds of jazz with the one-and-only Kenny G this holiday season! His first Christmas album, Miracles: The Holiday Album, ranks as the bestselling…

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January 2018
January 17, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  During the 1970's Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the most successful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group's rich…

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January 21, 2018 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie Series: Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill Jr.

  Our annual Silent Movie Series is curated by our own house organist Dennis James. Each movie event is presented with live musical accompaniment on our historic Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer…

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January 23, 2018 At 7:30 pm

International Guitar Night

  Beginning in a converted laundromat in the Bay Area in 1995, International Guitar Night has grown to feature the best performing guitar composers from around the world. Audiences cherish the…

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January 29, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

  Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and her collaborator, musical director, guitarist, and husband John Leventhal present an acoustic evening celebrating her prolific and deeply-rooted catalog of music. Her collection of American roots…

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February 2018
February 2, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical!

  Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think…

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February 9, 2018 At 7:30 pm

National Geographic Live: Cameraman Bob Poole

  Nature Roars Back A childhood in East Africa gave Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Poole a fierce curiosity about the natural world as well as an adventurous spirit. Bob has documented…

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February 10, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Brian Reed

  Brian Reed is the host and co-creator of the groundbreaking podcast S-Town, a production of Serial and the public radio show This American Life. Reed spent more than 3 years…

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February 18, 2018 At 3:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Closing Remarks

Huw Edwards, Music Director, Conductor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Piano concerto No. 27 in B flat major, k. 59 – Oksana Ejokina, piano Franz Schubert — Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 “Great”…

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February 21, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Tiempo Libre

  “So hot and danceable that even when you talk about the group, you find yourself moving your hips” – Richmond Times Dispatch Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is…

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March 2018
March 8, 2018 At 7:30 pm

God is a Scottish Drag Queen

  This wickedly funny, highly acclaimed, original comedy is simply divine! God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to Earth to skewer everything from the Pope to politics in…

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March 17, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus

  The internationally renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus comprise the largest community chorus organization in North America, and stand out as the largest LGBT-identified men’s and women’s choruses…

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March 25, 2018 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Northern Exposure

Huw Edwards, Music Director & Conductor Max Bruch — Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 -Becky Anderson, violin Edward Elgar — Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Op. 55 For Olympia Symphony…

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March 29, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Stephen Petronio Company

  Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art, and fashion collide in his dances,…

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April 2018
April 15, 2018 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie Series: Charlie Chaplin Shorts

  Our annual Silent Movie Series is curated by our own house organist Dennis James. Each movie event is presented with live musical accompaniment on our historic Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer…

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April 22, 2018 At 7:00 pm

Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Coming Full Circle

Huw Edwards, Music Director & Conductor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Overture to Don Giovanni Austin Schlichting — Festschrift (OSO Commission & World Premiere) Ludwig Beethoven — Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral” –…

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April 26, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado, and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who…

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May 2018
May 18, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band

  What if...The Beatles were actually from somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band is a collection of four very different musicians creating a new…

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