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Creating Sound for Best of Enemies
Sound design? It’s probably something you’re barely aware of when seeing a play, but the impact it can have on your total theatre experience is huge. It takes a lot of work to come up with just the right sonic environment, and it begins with finding the way in. Taproot Theatre’s Design Director, Mark Lund, has created a sound design for Best of Enemies that pulls the audience right into the play. In this conversation, he talks with Marta about how he did it.
Handel and Telemann: Musical Friends
Wrapping up a season inspired by musical relationships, the April 19th concert for the Byron Schenkman & Friends chamber music series features music by Handel and Telemann - two Baroque era composers with much in common, both musical and non-musical. And yes, they were friends! Keyboardist Schenkman will be joined by violinist Ingrid Mathews, oboist Debra Nagy, flutist Joshua Romatowski and cellist Nathan Whittaker for music that feels just right for spring.
Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep
There are super powers. There is adventure. And there are songs. Lizard Boy is a captivating story with memorable music, created by Justin Huertas. In this feature, we hear first from Seattle Rep’s Braden Abraham about the show, then talk with Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland, both of whom are in the cast and who sing one of the songs from the show, recorded for the Arts Channel last summer. Lizard Boy is onstage through May 2 at the Rep.
Madeleine Albright on Read My Pins
Walk along with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as she leads a tour of Read My Pins at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The exhibition presents more than 200 pins, chosen by Mme. Albright as much for their beauty and design as for the symbolic message they could convey. There are wonderful photographs of her wearing many of them on historic occasions, and there is truly a story for every pin. From precious gems to costume jewelry, it’s a gorgeous collection, artfully curated. On view at BAM through June 7.
Spring and early Summer at SAM
Native American craft and design varies depending on what region of the Americas it comes from – and all regions are represented at Seattle Art Museum’s spectacular Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. But SAM is a multi-venue organization… head out to the Olympic Sculpture Park, and you’ll find the Pavilion newly redone by artist Sam Vernon. Later this summer, wood carver Dan Webb will be found daily in a little wooden shed at the park, gradually turning a fallen tree into art. SAM’s Director Kim Rorschach talks with Marta about these and other riches on view this season at SAM.
Goodnight Moon returns to Seattle Children's Theatre
Two beloved productions return to the Seattle Children’s Theatre stage - Goodnight Moon (onstage through April 27) and Robin Hood (April 16 – May 17). SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell – who helped adapt Goodnight Moon in 2007, with writer/composer Chad Henry -- shares how they expanded a picture book with very few words into a full length play with songs. Linda also gives us a quick preview of Robin Hood, first produced in 2011, returning with its terrific original cast (Hans Altwies, Hana Lass, David Quicksall, and Basil Harris). SCT produces top quality professional theatre for young audiences and the young at heart.
Seymour: An Introduction, in theaters everywhere
Seymour Bernstein walked away from a stellar career as a concert pianist in 1977, to write, teach and compose. After a dinner party conversation with actor/writer/director Ethan Hawke, Hawke made a documentary about him. Seymour: An Introduction opened in general release March 20. Now, as Seymour puts it, “I’m a movie star at 88!” Listen in on Steve Reeder’s wonderful conversation with this witty, eloquent artist about music and life.
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical featuring the breathtaking songs of mid 20th-century Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. It’s the annual co-production with ACT Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre, and is onstage through May 17th at ACT. At a recent KING FM Behind the Scenes Night at ACT, host Sean MacLean talked with the 5th Avenue’s Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, who directed the show.
Spring Performances at the UW World Series
The extraordinary season at the UW World Series continues. Executive and Artistic Director Michelle Witt talks with Marta about what’s in store for audiences this spring, including the Seattle debut of the world renowned Lyon Opera Ballet. Brazilian musician and statesman Gilberto Gil will be here, as will the Carolina Chocolate Drops, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and the Catalyst Quartet. And that’s just the beginning.
The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe & Carmina Burana at PNB
Journey from ballet’s classical roots to its most contemporary choreography this spring at Pacific NW Ballet, beginning with the inventive choreography of William Forsythe, celebrated in The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe, opening March 13. The PNB orchestra shows its chops, too, taking on Handel, Bach, Berio, Shostakovich, Orff, Tchaikovsky and more, as audiences thrill to the magnificent corps de ballet in Swan Lake and the drama of Carmina Burana with Ming Cho Lee’s massive, looming Wheel of Fortune hovering over and around the dancers. We also say goodbye to audience favorite, Karla Korbes. Hear all about it in Marta’s conversation with PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal.
Who is Gary Faigin and what is Gage Academy of Art?
Once upon a time, if you wanted to be an artist, you studied drawing from life. All the greats did it. But by the mid- 20th century, its importance in art training had weakened. Gary Faigin founded Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art to focus on this essential foundation element. 25 years later, Gage offers classes, programs and art activities for all ages and skill levels. Gary is a fascinating person himself – a painter, a teacher, a writer, and a great story teller. Find out more in this conversation.
ARTS CHANNEL LIBRARY
Hear all about it! From theatre to dance and visual arts to film, the Arts Channel Library houses some of the most exciting and unique past and present conversations in town. Interviews are organized by genre.