Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 17 | 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Tess Altiveros, soprano
Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano
John Marzano, tenor
Zachary Lenox, bass
Tickets: $30-$48
Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, George Frederick Handel’s Messiah has transcended its time and place to become a “work of the people” shared by audiences and musicians around the world. This performance will be conducted by Sarah Ioannides and performed by the talented Symphony Tacoma orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices—and is a tribute to Symphony Tacoma’s first-ever performance in 1946!
Originally a feature of the Easter holiday, Messiah has become a Christmas season classic. “After all, what is Christmas without the Messiah?” said Music Director Sarah Ioannides. “Two hundred and eighty years since its inception, it has stood the test of time within our community. Last year when we could not gather, we produced the virtual program, A Messiah for Our Time. This year, the musicians of Symphony Tacoma and Symphony Tacoma Voices are excited to perform it live again as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this organization.”
Featured soloists include Tess Altiveros, soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano; John Marzano, tenor; and Zachary Lenox, bass. The 70-member Symphony Tacoma Voices includes professional singers and gifted amateurs who perform regularly in concert with Symphony Tacoma and in stand-alone engagements.
In compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year’s performance will be abbreviated to include two 45-minute segments and a 20-minute intermission.
Tickets ($30 for general admission and $48 for reserved seating) are available through the Symphony Tacoma Box Office at symphonytacoma.org or 253-272-7264.
Symphony Tacoma’s 2021-2022 season is generously sponsored by MultiCare and Tacoma Creates. Holiday Favorites is sponsored by Columbia Bank, Frank Tobey Jones, Stadium Thriftway, Charles Wright Academy and Showcase Magazine. Messiah is sponsored by Connelly Law, Pace Dermatology and DP&C.
ABOUT SYMPHONY TACOMA:
Building community through music. Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition for 75 years, Symphony Tacoma annually performs concerts for nearly 20,000 citizens and provides education programs for 7,000 children and adults in Pierce County and the Greater Puget Sound region. The orchestra comprises more than 80 professional musicians and a volunteer chorus of 70. Music Director Sarah Ioannides is renowned for her passionate conducting, creativity, arts collaboration, and commitment to innovation and diversity, making Symphony Tacoma a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape. symphonytacoma.org
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
Symphony Tacoma is committed to providing a safe and healthy concert environment for audiences, musicians and staff for the 2021-2022 Season. All patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination or results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert date. Patrons will also be required to wear a mask while attending Symphony Tacoma performances, whether or not they have been vaccinated. Please visit symphonytacoma.org for updated information.

THE NUTCRACKER

It’s Back, Live on Stage!

November 26 – December 28, 2021

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

Streaming Digitally December 20 – 28

SEATTLE, WA – After a long, unexpected hibernation, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s sparkling production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® returns to the stage for live performances this holiday season. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the world famous PNB Orchestra, PNB Company dancers in show-stopping roles, bright young stars from the PNB School, unique-to-Seattle sets and costumes by Ian Falconer (creator of Olivia the Pig), and McCaw Hall’s lobbies decked out with the season’s best photo ops, PNB’s production is a holiday treasure for audiences young and old.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® runs for 37 performances, November 26 through December 28, 2021 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Tickets start at just $27. New this year, PNB is happy to offer a sensory-friendly matinee on December 21, designed to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for people with sensory-processing challenges to enjoy the performance. (See “2021 Performance Schedule,” below for details.) The Nutcracker will also stream digitally from December 20 through 28, for families and friends to watch from the comfort of home. Tickets for the digital access are $49. For tickets and additional information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer St. (Be mindful of unauthorized online resellers: When purchasing tickets for PNB’s production of The Nutcracker, order directly through PNB for peace of mind.)

While the music and choreography remain the same, audiences will notice a new character making its debut on stage in 2021: When Balanchine choreographed The Nutcracker in 1954, he sought to showcase a global array of cultures, some of which can now be viewed as cultural appropriation. With permission from the George Balanchine Trust, PNB has sought to revise the Chinese divertissement: Elements of racial stereotyping were removed prior to PNB’s 2015 premiere and now, working closely with Phil Chan (co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface), PNB will be introducing the Green Tea Cricket in Act II. “Pet crickets are common and prized in Chinese culture, and Balanchine’s choreography seems wonderfully fitting for a high-flying cricket,” said PNB Artistic Director in his program notes. “We hope our audiences will welcome this charming new character.”

 

2021 NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

 

Day

Date

Times

Friday

Nov. 26

2:00 pm & 7:30pm

Saturday

Nov. 27

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Nov. 28

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 3

7:30 pm

Saturday

Dec. 4

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Dec. 5

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Thursday

Dec. 9

7:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 10

7:30pm

Saturday

Dec. 11

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Dec. 12

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Wednesday

Dec. 15

7:30 pm

Thursday

Dec. 16

7:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 17

7:30 pm

Saturday

Dec. 18

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Dec. 19

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Tuesday

Dec. 21

2:00 pm** & 7:30 pm

Wednesday

Dec. 22

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Thursday

Dec. 23

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 24

12:30 pm

Saturday

Dec. 25

No show, ho, ho, ho!

Sunday

Dec. 26

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Monday

Dec. 27

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Tuesday

Dec. 28

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

**Sensory-Friendly Performance                                                                                                         

PNB is happy to present an inclusive, sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker on Tuesday, December 21 at 2:00 pm. This matinee will feature a supportive environment to welcome children and adults affected by autism or with other sensory needs, so that they may share the experience of live ballet with friends and family. Modified lighting and sound levels, allowance of devices and fidgets, entry/exit privileges, trained staff, and designated quiet and activity areas will be offered at the performance.

 

TICKET INFORMATION & SPECIAL OFFERS

 

Tickets to PNB’s live and/or digital performances may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

·         Phone – 206.441.2424

·         In Person – 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

·         Online (24/7) – PNB.org

 

(Tickets are also available – subject to availability – 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall. In-person ticket sales at the McCaw Hall Box Office are subject to day-of-show increases. Advance tickets through the PNB Box Office are strongly suggested for lowest prices and greatest availability.)

Tickets for the live performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® are $27 – $200 ($27 – $161 for children 14 and under. All ages require a ticket for admission, including babes-in-arms. For helpful hints and frequently asked questions about attending the ballet with children visit PNB.org/Community/PNB-Kids.) Some prices are subject to change.

Health & Safety: In accordance with King County regulations, PNB patrons 12 and older must be able to show proof that they are fully vaccinated at the time of their entry into the theatre and will also need photo ID upon entering McCaw Hall. All patrons must be masked. For details and more information, please visit PNB.org/Health.

The show must go on: Pacific Northwest Ballet is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances will not be cancelled for sleet, snow, or Seattle traffic. In the unlikely event that the status of a performance does change, an announcement will be posted on PNB.org.

 

Groups of ten or more may enjoy discounts up to 20% off regular prices: Contact Group Sales Manager Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416 or JulieJ@PNB.org for ticketing assistance. (Discounts are not valid on lowest-priced tickets and may not be combined with other offers.)

Tickets for PNB’s digital-only presentation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® are $49, and viewing access for the program is December 20 – 28.

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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month formally recognizes the history, heritage, and culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
Fort Nisqually was established in 1833 by the Hudson’s Bay Company at Nisqually Delta on the traditional lands of the Sequalitchew Nisqually People. It was later reconstructed on the traditional lands of the Puyallup People. Coast Salish people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time. The image above, included in our current exhibit Artists of Fort Nisqually, is courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum is a depiction of the diverse communities of Fort Nisqually circa 1845-46.
“This land was a part of Indian Country. The men of the Hudson’s Bay Company were guests here.” – Cecelia Svinth Carpenter, Nisqually Historian
Help Plan our Final Panel: November 11Learn More:
Fort from Home Puget Sound Treaty War Panel. An award-winning series that advances native voices in the telling of Puget Sound history. The program covers the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty, the Treaty War, and its aftermath.
Join us as we continue the conversation. The award winning Puget Sound Treaty War Panel series resumes on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 6pm.
The Puget Sound Treaty War ended in 1856 but the battles continued – in fishing wars, boarding schools, land settlements, tribal sovereignty and in tribal stewardship and memory. The final panel in the series involves a range of perspectives, and looks toward the lasting impacts of these historic battles. And we want to hear from you.
Attendees are asked to submit their questions on the lasting legacy of the Treaty War in advance of this program. Email submissions to: fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com or submit anonymously here.
Help Plan our Final Panel: November 11
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. This online exhibit by the National Museum of the American Indian tells the story of the relationship between Native Nations and the United States through eight treaties, including the Medicine Creek Treaty.
To learn more about regional tribes:
puyaləpabš (Puyallup): http://www.puyallup-tribe.com/ourtribe
Squaxin Island Tribe: https://squaxinisland.org
Help Plan our Final Panel: November 11

November 9: a Musical Trip from Spain to Mexico!

Tuesday November 9th at 7:00pm join us in Slavonian Hall, Old Town Tacoma!

(Concert will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube and Facebook for virtual viewing at a later date)

Join Trío Guadalevín for a musical journey that will travel from Spain/the Mediterranean to Veracruz, La Huasteca and the Pacific coast of Mexico, with novel arrangements shaped from son huasteco, baroque melodies, son jarocho, Sephardic Jewish balladry, Zapotec songs and more.

Many instruments and sonorities new to our experience will be heard! The trio features Abel Rocha (voice, harp, jarana, guitar, quinta) with Gus Denhard (baroque guitar, oud, jarana, theorbo and vihuela) and Antonio Gómez (panderos, cajón, teponaztli, jarana and additional percussion).

This concert debuts a new collaboration with Ke Guo, (voice, harp, dizi) which harks back to the Manila-Acapulco trade route that connected China with Mexico, by way of the Philippines. A student of Spain’s Paco Diez, Ms. Guo will also perform a selection of Sephardic Jewish music.

For more information, see https://classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

For in-person attendees:

Welcome back! Come prepared to show proof of vaccination (a photo on your phone will do the trick) and wearing a mask. Because word is out that the series is live in Slav Hall, we recommend that you pre-register – by writing prryker@gmail.com. Arrive by 6:50 to claim your seat.

We will set out a maximum of 49 chairs spread out at appropriate distance so we are all comfortable and confident of our health safety.

As much as we have enjoyed our intermissions over these many years – getting to know each other and the musicians – we will not take an intermission and will not serve coffee. Let’s play it safe so that we can enjoy this and many more live performances!

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Nathalie Bajinya’s Future Is Bright

Nathalie Bajinya has been fascinated by textiles and fashion design from a very early age. She once cut up her mother’s dress to fashion into her own clothing designs at age four.

Originally from the Congo and orphaned at a young age, Bajinya learned to sew while living in an orphanage in Kenya. Excelling at the craft, fashion design quickly became a lifelong passion.

Today, under the label Undeniable Bajinya, Bajinya translates her sewing and design skills into exquisite one-of-a-kind garments and accessories in her Lakewood shop, Undeniable Bajinya.

Home to couture gowns, wedding dresses, and custom-tailored fashions, Undeniable Bajinya’s signature designs are vibrant cotton and wool dresses and jackets that combine French fashion with African colors and American styles.

A rare talent, Bajinya can look at a swath of fabric and intuitively know what design will best highlight the fabric’s motif or drape. “When I look at fabric I see something that is telling a story,” says Nathalie.

Often made with distinctively colorful and elaborately designed African wax print fabric – commonly referred to as the “wax hollandais,” “ankara,” or “kitenge” – Undeniable Bajinya’s unique designs encompass innovation, artistic creativity and the consumer’s choice to celebrate life through their clothing.

Recently featured on King 5 Evening, the segment thoughtfully shared Nathalie Bajinya’s journey, showcasing her love of fabric and her passion to design and sew beautiful garments.

In May, with only two weeks to prepare, Undeniable Bajinya featured twelve of her original designs during Africa Fashion Week Seattle in Redmond, Washington.

Without patterns, Bajinya designs, sketches, and crafts each of her beautifully unique fashions from customers’ measurements. She says there is nothing like a dress made exactly to your measurements.

“Back in my country, you don’t buy a dress from a store, you go to a tailor,” Bajinya said. “We don’t have that here in
America. Everyone should have access to custom garments that fit perfectly, not just famous people.”

For Additional Information
Undeniable Bajinya
6405A Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood
undeniablebajinya.com

KELLY LENIHAN

Debra Van Tuinen’s New Gallery

Layers of blue, grey and silver leaf create deep and translucent layers that almost obscure the tiny boat in Debra Van Tuinen’s “Adrift” which is currently on view at her new gallery in downtown Olympia. The work, which seems to change from different angles, was created during the long months of the pandemic. For Van Tuinen, it reflects the crashing waves of confusion and deep sense of isolation many people struggled with and experienced in 2020.

With over a 40-year career as an artist, art teacher, and art supporter, Van Tuinen’s dedication to not only creating but sharing her work was not deterred by the limitations of the lockdown. The arrival of this new gallery, which opened in August of 2020, comes at an incredibly important time for art aficionados. Restricted from visiting museums, Van Tuinen’s work is viewable from the street through giant, light-filling windows as well as for private appointments. “I want people to be able to see my work and learn about what I do. You don’t have to be able to buy a piece,” said Van Tuinen.

Additionally, as travel restrictions limit explorations and adventures, it is through her work that new views can be found and savored. Focused on the personal exploration of landscape, many of these works can transport you
instantaneously to other places for that much needed change of scenery.

“Van Tuinen’s paintings possess radiance,” wrote LA art critic Doug Meyer. “They bask in the reflected light of a physical universe beyond the picture plane.”

She hopes to have a large grand opening to celebrate the new gallery and participate in the spring Art Walk in Olympia.

Eventually, she’d like to offer classes in the adjoining studio on encaustic techniques. Until then, Van Tuinen encourages people to walk by and enjoy the work on view.

With a career that has taken her art work around the world and included in private, corporate and museum collections, the Pacific Northwest is lucky to have an artist that remains grounded and accessible to anyone interested to enjoy the voyages of her work.

For Additional Information
Van Tuinen Art
vantuinenart.com

BY HILLARY RYAN

Washington Center Launches Capital Campaign

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts announced last week at their annual Gala that they will be implementing the first comprehensive capital campaign since construction in 1985. With a goal of raising $8.6 million dollars to overhaul the many components that are at the heart of every theater, the campaign will touch every aspect of the Center’s interior.

Chaired by Alex and Tammy Bunn, the campaign is already 89% of the way to the goal, with over $7.6 million in commitments. With just a little under $1 million to raise, the Bunns are passionate about the facility. “The arts set children and adults up to pursue their dreams,” says Alex. “The Washington Center is an anchor in our community and shines as our region’s most treasured asset.” As a long-time board member and a past board president, Alex has a seasoned perspective on the Center and its needs.

Implemented in two phases, the improvements will be identified in two major categories as backstage and public spaces. Backstage improvements include lighting, sound, curtains and rigging.  All of these elements bring the theater to life for thousands of patrons every year. Public spaces will include 1,000 new seats, carpet, concessions remodel and interior design improvements, as well as infrastructure like HVAC and electrical upgrades.

Eager to ensure the interior of the Center matches the beautiful exterior which was renovated by the City of Olympia in 2014, Executive Director Jill Barnes believes the improvements will protect the community’s past investment and enhance how patrons feel when they walk through the doors. According to Barnes, “delivering a world-class experience is needed to maintain the highest level of quality in every aspect of the Center, from backstage and onstage, to our lobbies and concession areas.” She added, “We are proud to have the opportunity and support to preserve and care for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts like the cultural and community asset that it is.”

Barnes says the COVID-19 pandemic was a hurdle the campaign committee did not anticipate. “The shutdown due to the global pandemic has been devastating to the entire arts industry,” says Barnes. “The reopening of the Center is a true testament to the emotional power of the arts.”

She continues, “We ‘quietly’ embarked on a capital campaign several years ago. The pandemic added significant uncertainty and stress to an already herculean undertaking. The perseverance of staff, crew, and supporters during this time has been nothing short of miraculous. We know the full recovery of the arts may take years, and the possibility to recover in a fully renovated, state-of-the art venue made possible by this community fills me with hope and joy.”For more information about the Washington center, please visit www.washingtoncenter.org.

Keb’ Mo’ at The Washington Center

Time seems to award Keb’ Mo’ rather than age him. With 14 albums under his belt, a slue of Grammy Nominations and Awards, as well as Blues Foundation and BMI Awards, he’s a proven musical American classic.

He will perform Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 pm at Washington Center for the Performing Arts. His latest album release was “TajMo” in 2017. Though this wasn’t the first time Keb’ Mo’ performed with Taj Mahal, it was the first time they recorded music together.

“The collaboration between Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ sounds spontaneous, with mutual respect for each other and for what each one represents in the music,” reviews Blues Rock Review. “Keb’ Mo’ wrote most of the songs on ‘TajMo’ and it has, in general, more of Keb’s background despite the fact that he said that Taj Mahal became a mentor to him.”

As for solo recordings, in 2016 he released “That Hot Pink Blues Album,” a compilation of live recordings during his 2015 tour. “Keb’ Mo’s combination of masterful, anecdotal writing skills, distinctive guitar versatility and rich, resonant, blues-soaked vocals are a testament to his respect in the music industry,” Blues Magazine reviews. “Every song tells a story, and every story reminds listeners of why Keb’ Mo’ is one of the most multi-talented and engaging musical raconteurs on today’s roots rock and blues scene.”

Keb’ Mo’ has carried on blues traditions while also implementing his original americana style, garnering countless fans. He’s even used his talents for Playing for Change Foundation, a non-profit organization built to support music education internationally.

A few years ago when Keb’ Mo’ performed at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Portland Radio Project described, “In true Keb Mo fashion, his music is a representation of who he is and what he likes. He doesn’t worry about which genre it fits into; he just wants to make something he’s happy with. Lucky for us, we happen to like it too!”

Tickets range from $39 to $62, with VIP tickets available for $105 that include a meet and greet and photo opportunity with Keb’ Mo’, as well as an autographed gift package. Tickets are available at https://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/kebmo-1810/

JORDAN MARIE McCAW

 

In the Spirit

What is happening in the Indigenous art world in our region? Find out at the 13th annual IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition, where you can see 29 works from 21 Native artists. The exhibition opens Saturday, June 30 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma and will be on view through Sunday, August 12. There will be three opportunities for visitors to meet some of the artists as well: the awards ceremony on July 1, 3:00 PM; gallery talks on Third Thursday evening July 19, 5:30 PM; and the Northwest Native Festival on August 11, 12:00-7:00 PM.

IN THE SPIRIT connects the Washington State Historical Society’s (WSHS) Native collections with the vibrant contemporary arts scene. Visitors will see mixed media, paintings, beadwork, textiles, sculpture, carving, and basketry. Many of the artists live in Washington but others hail from Idaho, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, and even as far as Vermont and Virginia. Art collectors will be interested to know that most of the works in the show are available for purchase.

Artist RYAN! Feddersen spoke about the connection that IN THE SPIRIT provides. “As a mixed-heritage native artist living in an urban area, contemporary Indigenous arts is one of the ways I connect to my culture. In the Spirit provides an annual opportunity to bring together native artists to share work and create cultural dialogue. Receiving the Honoring Innovation award for my work in the 2017 exhibition made me feel recognized and supported. I look forward to engaging with this exhibition as it continues to grow and acknowledge the thriving contemporary Indigenous arts field.”

Each spring, Native artists from many states and Canada submit work for consideration by a jury of local artists and curators. The 2018 jury included artist Alex McCarty, Makah, a graduate of Evergreen State College; curator and artist Asia Tail, Cherokee, a graduate of Cooper Union School of Art in New York; and Lynette Miller, head of collections at WSHS.

“The jurying is blind, meaning we don’t know the artists’ names until we have selected the pieces to be exhibited,” said Miller. “I enjoy being surprised when an artist creates something that’s completely different from the work they submitted in earlier years. I love seeing the creative spirit at work!”

The Washington State Historical Society typically adds one work from each annual exhibition to its collection, and the selection is announced at the artist awards ceremony (in 2017, RYAN! Feddersen’s mixed media sculpture Micro Spill was chosen). The 2018 artist awards will include Best in Show, Honoring Innovation, Honoring the Northwest, and Honoring Tradition, along with the purchase prize. During the run of the exhibition, visitors can cast votes for the People’s Choice first and second place awards. Ballots are available in the gallery, and People’s Choice winners are revealed at the culminating festival.

The free IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival is an indoor/outdoor celebration on Saturday, August 11, from 12:00 to 7:00 PM, co-hosted by the History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum. Celebrate the diverse cultures of the Northwest with a Native arts market, dance, song, music, food, and a designer runway fashion show. The day will end with a performance by special guests Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex), a band co-founded by artist and musician Preston Singletary. Khu.éex’ translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language.  The History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum are excited to bring this immersive festival experience to the community.

For more information, see www.inthespiritarts.org.

 

Chinese Opera Comes to Tacoma

Audience members will be mesmerized by a cast of acclaimed performers as Thousand Faces Chinese Opera comes to Pantages Theater in Tacoma on May 13. One of the oldest dramatic art forms, Chinese opera has developed into unique regional styles. It has evolved beyond the tradition of singing and dancing to incorporate skillful visual elements. These include face changing, martial arts, acrobatics and even fire breathing.

Yu Long, who has perfected her craft of face changing over 30 years, explains her art as quick, accurate and beautiful. Spectators might call it magical and mysterious. In face changing, the artist wears a silk face mask to represent a character or emotion. During the performance the mask is changed repeatedly with the slightest movement and imperceptibly to the eyes of the audience.

Long was born and raised in Chengdu, the birthplace of Sichuan opera. She pleaded with officials to allow a woman to study the art of face changing. Previously only men were allowed. Her dedication led to her being recognized by the Chinese government as the only national “female inheritor” of Sichuan opera.

Long will be in impressive company for Thousand Faces Chinese Opera. Joining her are Bole Zhao (赵宝乐), national opera producer and popular host of China’s Opera Channel; China national actors Wenge Hu (胡文阁), the best Mei-style Peking opera performer, and Yi Long (龙毅), a Sichuan opera performer who breathes fire; Shijia Jiang (姜适迦), a well-known Peking opera performer and professor of drama; and Lucy Wu (吴小妹), Peking opera jinghu performer and winner of the China Culture Ministry’s Outstanding Youth Artist Achievement Award. The show will also include demonstrations of calligraphy, painting, tea arts, puppetry and acrobatics.

Thousand Faces Chinese Opera will be performed in Seattle on May 12 and Tacoma on May 13. The performances are sponsored by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, America Long Yu Chinese Traditional Culture and Face Changing Art Academy, Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, and .

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Asia Pacific Cultural Center at 253.383.3900 or visit asiapacificculturalcenter.org/chineseopera. by Julie leydelmeyer

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Asia Pacific Cultural Center

4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA