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Washington Center Main Stage

512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-753-8586

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


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Upcoming Events

November 2017
Sunday, November 19 At 7:00 pm

Casa Patas presents: Binomio

  BINOMIO is the energy that flows between the forms of two dancers who together create Art.  It is born through a relationship of observation, admiration, and a shared approach to…

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Sunday, November 26 At 5:00 pm

Sing-Along 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…

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Wednesday, 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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December 2017
Saturday, December 2 At 7:30 pm

Season of Light: A Christmas Celebration

  The broad sweep of winter holiday traditions yields a wealth of music to warm the heart and soul. This popular concert honors the full range of winter festivities from Christmas…

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Friday, December 8 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Saturday, December 9 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Saturday, December 9 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Sunday, December 10 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Friday, December 15 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Saturday, December 16 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Saturday, December 16 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Sunday, December 17 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

  Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years returns to The Washington Center with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes! A treat for the whole family…

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Monday, December 18 At 7:00 pm

Community Messiah Sing-Along

Come to sing or come to listen to Handel’s glorious masterpiece! A true community event with guest conductors and soloists, featuring the audience as the chorus! Selections of the work will be performed. Admission is…

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January 2018
Wednesday, 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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Sunday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Saturday, January 27, 2018 At 7:30 pm

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

  Taking the stage together for a down-home acoustic concert event, Lovett and Keen are two of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Lovett and Keen go way back. The two…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018 At 7:00 pm

Baurice Nelson Presents Jim Breuer Live

American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and radio host. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998 and starred in the film Half Baked.details to come with full update later.

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Monday, 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
Friday, February 2, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical! – Cancelled

Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical! has cancelled its 2018 National tour, as a result of the author withdrawing its license from Theatrical Rights Worldwide. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ Box Office team will…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Mary Lambert performs at Pizza Klatch’s Gayla: A Slice of the Good Life

Presented By: Pizza Klatch

  Mary Lambert is a two-time Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter, poet, activist and author, she is especially known for writing the chorus for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage-equality anthem “Same Love." Lambert wrote…

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Friday, 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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Saturday, 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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Sunday, 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. 595 – Oksana Ezhokina, piano Franz Schubert — Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 “Great”

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Wednesday, 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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Sunday, February 25, 2018 At 2:00 pm

A Really Big Shoe 12: The Brothers Four Playing the Folk Music of America

  Entertainment Explosion hosts A Really Big Shoe 12, The Brothers Four, Playing the Folk Music of America as they return home to Washington for a two-hour LIVE concert to benefit…

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March 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018 At 4:00 pm

SOGO: Winter Concert

The Conservatory Orchestra will feature Carrie Rehkopf Michel, violin, and John Michel, cello, performing the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello and Respighi’s Pines of Rome Also appearing:  Brass Choir, Academy and Debut Orchestras Distinguished…

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Thursday, 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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Saturday, March 10, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

  Always a hot ticket, MCE has hosted this Pacific Northwest regional a cappella competition for decades. The winner of tonight’s sing-off moves on to compete at the Nationals.  You’ll hear the…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Brian Regan – Live in Concert

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Saturday, March 17, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus: Not in Our Town

  Standing up and singing out! The combined forces of SWC and SMC's voices share the stage for a special unity concert that confronts the rising tide of intolerance in our…

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Sunday, 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 -Rebecca Anderson, violin Edward Elgar — Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Op. 55

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Thursday, 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
Saturday, April 14, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Hidden Musical Figures: Women Composers

  From the 12th Century’s Hildegard of Bingen to the present day, women have created music at the highest level. Yet in a world attuned mostly to men’s doings, their brilliance…

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Sunday, 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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Saturday, April 21, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Pink Martini

  Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful…

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Sunday, 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 van Beethoven — Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”…

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Thursday, 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
Friday, 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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Sunday, May 20, 2018 At 4:00 pm

SOGO: Spring Concert

Spring Concert Sunday, May 20, 4 p.m. The Conservatory Orchestra will feature David Johnson, flute, and Ben Albertson, harp, in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp and selections from Puccini’s opera Tosca (soloists TBA). Also…

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June 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018 At 7:30 pm

Naughty and Nice: Broadway’s Villains and Heroes

  It’s the big-hearted heroes – and the black-hearted villains – that give the greatest punch to Broadway musicals and create the most enduring musical figures onstage. Come cheer and hiss…

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