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At PNB, The Nutcracker retires and Don Quixote returns
A little chat with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Artistic Director, Peter Boal, about the final production of the Stowell-Sendak Nutcracker. The version so many grew up with is being retired at the end of this, its 31st season. Peter also previews the return of Don Quixote, coming in January.
Bach's Harpsichord Concertos with Byron Schenkman & Friends
Byron Schenkman tells Marta why he chose an evening of Bach harpsichord concertos as the midpoint of the season for Byron Schenkman and Friends. Concertos for one and two harpsichords are on the December 28 program – learn more about harpsichordist Ignacio Prego, who will be joining the group for the double concertos.
Appalachian Christmas Homecoming at Taproot Theatre
It’s a broken-down meeting hall, long abandoned, dusty and dim. But a passing visitor helps us see it through his eyes – full of life, of family, of food and music, and a special Christmas past. Appalachian Christmas Homecoming is onstage at Taproot Theatre, and it’s particularly rich in music, traditional hymns and carols, and Appalachian songs. Marta talks with director Scott Nolte and music director Edd Key, who has brought along his banjo and mountain dulcimer to share some tunes with us. (Photo: Erik Stuhaug)
The Christmas Revels at the Rialto Theatre
The Christmas Revels returns to the Rialto Theatre! This is a warm, wonderful, magical and unique celebration of the Winter Solstice, bringing community and the professional arts together through dance, music, theatre, poetry, and song. This year’s Revels is set in the Italian Renaissance, with all the sumptuous color and design of the era, the soaring brass, the choral polyphony, and the street songs and folk instruments, too. Marta talks with Revels Executive Director Mary Lynn, and stage director B.J. Douglas about this very special December event.
Dick Whittington and His Cat at Seattle Children's Theatre
It sounds so serious: “A young man’s journey to find his cat leads him to discover the person he really is.” But in the hands of director Allison Narver, Dick Whittington and his Cat is a beautiful, funny, adventurous, heart-warming tale of generosity, of helping others, and of love. Perfect holiday fare – and did we mention it’s also a musical? Listen to Marta’s conversation with Allison, then catch it at Seattle Children’s Theatre (thru Dec. 21).
On Christmas Night: From darkness into light
Freddie Coleman has crafted an emotional journey into his programming for Seattle Choral Company’s annual Cathedral Christmas at St. Mark’s. On Christmas Night: from darkness into light brings the amazing versatility of this chorus into the spotlight, from Fredrik Sixten’s atmospheric O Magnum Mysterium to a rousingly theatrical Chanukah Suite with an intricate clapping section. Handbells, the fabulous Flentrop, harp, guitar and more round out the ensemble. Hear tantalizing samples of the music in Marta’s conversation with Freddie.
A Fresh take on the Messiah with Inverse Opera
The Inverse Opera Company presents a refreshingly theatrical version of Handel’s Messiahin the Isaac Studio at Taproot Theatre. In the loving care of director Robert Scherzer, 12 singing actors and a pianist, the familiar music takes on new meaning as the text within is explored and brought forward in this intimate production. Hear some of the music and learn more about the concept and what you’ll experience, in Marta’s conversation with Messiah’s Assistant Director Jessica Spencer and tenor soloist Ben Sasnett.
Pacific Northwest Ballet's orchestra celebrates 25 years
Falling swords, wafting feathers and lots of smoke and fog – ever wonder what it’s like down in the orchestra pit at a Pacific Northwest Ballet performance? Not every ballet company has a permanent orchestra - PNB’s celebrates 25 years this season. Marta talks with Music Director Emil deCou, who took over the reins 4 years ago, and cellist Paige Smith, who has been with the PNB orchestra since Day 1. Their thoughts on the final Stowell-Sendak Nutcracker and hints of what’s to come in this lively conversation about music and the ballet.
A Christmas Story, The Musical at 5th Avenue Theatre
A Christmas Story: The Musical returns to the 5th Avenue Theatre after a successful Broadway run, 4 Tony Award nominations, and a national tour. Now the show is back where it all began, having acquired a few new surprises along the way. David Armstrong and Albert Evans give us the details on this holiday theatre treat.
All the Way and The Great Society at Seattle Rep
At long last, the Tony Award-winning LBJ saga All the Way, has opened at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Even as he was writing it, Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan knew there would probably be a sequel, and Seattle Repertory Theatre commissioned what would become The Great Society on the spot. In our conversation with Seattle Rep’s Artistic Director Braden Abraham, learn more about both plays, which will run in rep after The Great Society opens December 5th.
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