Local Art News
A Night at the Opera and a Day at the Races–Last Night (September 5th) at the Pioneer Square Artwalk!
Art news is flying over the transom here at ArtsPage HQ. A job change, a big milestone for Seattle Opera (and a way for you to participate in it) and an interesting call to artists have all landed here. Dig in:
The slide into fall is speeding up: Seahawks flags are sprouting on cars and, this being an unpredictable convergence zone, rain gear might rear its head soon. Collected here is some change-of-seasons fun: the Washington State Fair, some music and some musical theater.
Alternative Comix Artist Brian Ralph at Fantagraphics Bookstore – Saturday, September 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Letter from GDC to TWIF: Re the Stunning Seattle –originally posted on Stranger Blogs, reprinted here with full permission
OK, Bumber-haters: We know you're out there. The annual arts festival at Seattle Center is simply too crowded/too expensive/too overhyped for many of you. No argument here -- we say, to each his own. So for you, this Labor Day weekend, we have a list of five recommended A&E events in other corners of our fair region, starting in Tacoma ...
Cellist Julian Schwarz has won first prize in the professional cello division of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition for Violin and Cello, held recently in Hong Kong. He was awarded $25,000 and a cello made by German luthier Helmut Illner.
Schwarz, in his final year at The Juilliard School, is the son of Seattle Symphony conductor laureate Gerard Schwarz and his wife, Jody.
His 2013/14 schedule will include appearances with the Modesto, Binghamton, and Wichita symphonies in the United States, and with the Queensland Symphony in Australia. He makes his television debut this fall performing Samuel Jones’ Cello Concerto with The All Star Orchestra, which will be broadcast by public television and released as a DVD on Naxos.
Bumbershoot is upon us again. We've put together 5 lists of things not to miss this weekend, from comedy to arts to food — and of course, music. For full ticketing and visiting info, check here. See you at Seattle Center!
The fall TV season is just around the corner, featuring lots of new sitcoms, cop shows and returning favorites. Fox kicks things off on Sept. 11 with the return of "The X Factor." After the Emmy broadcast on Sept. 22, the broadcast networks open the floodgates with a week full of premieres.
We're wondering what new shows (and returning favorites) you're most looking forward to. Let us know by voting in the two polls below, and we'll publish the results later in September.
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From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
Mark Chenovick has been hired as the interim executive director for Seattle Musical Theatre, as his first act in the post, he's appointed Troy Wageman the new interim artistic director.
The 35-year-old theater company, formerly known as Civic Light Opera, presents Broadway musicals in Magnuson Park.
Chenovick is charged with “charting a new course” for SMT, which has gone through numerous changes of leadership over the past 15 years. In addition to his new responsibilities for SMT, Chenovick will continue as technical director and scenic designer for SecondStory Repertory in Redmond. He also is consulting with ArtsWest, on the hiring of directors for some their upcoming shows.
Wageman was last seen at SMT as director for the hit "Altar Boyz" during the 2012-2013 season. Prior to that, he choreographed "The Drowsy Chaperone" under the direction of Brandon Ivie.
Cash-flow problems have arisen periodically for SMT, which is carrying an unspecified deficit with some outstanding loans. But Chenovick states that these troubles are endemic to nonprofit theaters, and are surmountable. "The company has so much potential right now," he said. "I’ve got a lot of plans for it that I’ll be announcing soon." He indicated that there may be some changes in SMT’s previously announced slate of shows for the 2013-14 season. Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” may be canceled due to the size and production demands, and the holiday show “Scrooge” may be replaced.
Chenovick also said he would like to “bring back the Civic Light Opera brand,” and possibly create a season of CLO main stage shows, and a slate of more compact productions “of some smaller, edgier shows.”