Local Art News
Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird is coming to the Edward D. Hanson conference center at Comcast Arena in Everett on May 31st and June 1st! Admission is Free!
Northwest Puppet Center presents S.C.U.B.A. Super Cool Underwater Blacklight Adventure By Spyglass Theater!
Voting is now open for the 2014 Classical KING FM Young Artist Awards, an annual competition put on by the radio station and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Judges have chosen 10 finalists (in two groups: ages 6-15 and 6-20) and those finalists' videos are on KING FM's website; the public is invited to watch the performances and vote for their favorites by May 15. All finalists get the chance to perform live on the radio, and a separate prize, the Monika Clowes Memorial Emerging Artist Award, will be awarded by the SCMS.
A tribute to the late theater artist and administrator Jerry Manning will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 2, at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Rep has announced on its website.
Mr. Manning, the theater's artistic director since 2010 and a Rep staffer since 2001, had been a respected casting director, stage director and theater administrator on the East Coast as well as in Seattle. He died on April 30, due to complications from heart surgery. A full obituary was published in The Seattle Times earlier this month.
The memorial event is open to the public. Mr. Manning's family requests that donations be made in Manning's memory to the Seattle Rep. More information: www.seattlerep.org or 206-443-2210.
Off the plane just a few hours before, a group of Seattle Symphony musicians and music director Ludovic Morlot – in New York for an appearance in the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall Tuesday night – took the stage at Greenwich Village nightclub Le Poisson Rouge late Monday.
The 10 p.m. chamber gig’s theme was telling Seattle history through music; the program opened with SSO pianist Kim Russ playing Debussy’s “Pagodes,” written in 1903 – the year Seattle Symphony was founded. The packed house (which included composer John Luther Adams) cheered as Morlot kicked things off, explaining that the chamber performance was in tandem with what the orchestra does in Seattle in its [untitled] late-night series. It was definitely informal, as individual musicians spoke briefly, sometimes humorously, before each piece.
Along with the “Pagodes,” the bill featured Varese’s “Density 21.5,”; John Cage’s “Imaginary Landscape No. 1”; Nikolaev’s “vnik-ton experience” (Nikolaev’s homage to Seattle and Jimi Hendrix, noted violinist Mikhail Shmidt); and Seattle composer Angelique Poteat’s Nirvana-inspired “Much Difference.” The set closed with Adams’ “The Light Within.”
It’s been a luminous spring for Adams, who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his SSO-commissioned piece “Become Ocean,” which the orchestra will play at Carnegie Hall Tuesday night (May 6). The affable composer, unmistakable in his hat while mingling with patrons at the nightclub, will hear “Ocean” performed live for the first time at Carnegie.
Tonight's (May 6) concert will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on KING FM 98.1.
It’s a quick turnaround for the musicians; the orchestra departs for Seattle – where many are playing for “Tales of Hoffmann” at Seattle Opera -- on Wednesday.