Short Forays Away Alert! Some great bargains and some interesting upcoming events!

From Goldmark $23 tickets plus $10 – 4 pours wine tasting March 4th, 8pm (also regular prices March 5th): “The Seattle Symphony’s popular Baroque and Wine concert series features programs of Baroque masterworks with optional wine tastings. For this Bach lovers’ installment of the series, the orchestra will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, one of the most acclaimed and beloved orchestral works ever written. In addition, you’ll hear acclaimed Baroque works from Handel, Purcell and Pergolesi. Conductor Stephen Cleobury will lead the symphony, who will be joined by the Northwest Boychoir and soprano Maria Mannisto. This is a great opportunity to partake of some of the best of Baroque music while enjoying pours of exquisite wines, available for purchase before the show in Benaroya Hall’s Grand Lobby.”

Plus: Peter and the Wolf – Family Program with pre-concert activities – $15-20, tickets going fast. March 12th, 11am. “This production, by Really Inventive Stuff, features a vaudeville inspired performance guaranteed to engage and inspire imaginations of all ages.”

Museum of History and Industry

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 Lobby of Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Courtesy of MOHAI.

 

Living Voices: Hear My VoiceSaturday, March 19, 2 pm and 3:30 pm
Included with admission
$15-17

“How long was the fight for women’s suffrage? Follow Jessie as she learns about the history of the women who started the movement for women’s right to vote, the new generation continuing the fight, and those who oppose it including her own parents in Hear My Voice. Combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. Hear My Voice performances are at 2 pm and 3 pm and will take place on the Joshua Green Foundation Theater on MOHAI’s second floor.”

Always:
First Thursdays of the month
this week March 3rdFree Admission!

Also: a Goldmark special today (with well-priced tickets $16-26 for March 16, 17, 19 and 15th and 26th):

The wonderful Seattle Shakespeare Theater’s next play: Mrs. Warren’s Profession which promises to be entertaining and enlightening:

“In this witty and provocative work from George Bernard Shaw, a confrontation locks two strong, unconventional women in an elemental battle. Modern, educated Vivie Warren hasn’t seen her mother Kitty in years. So, when her mother pays her a surprise visit, and sheds some light on the ways in which she was able to sacrifice herself for the sake of her daughter, pulling her out of the London slums, Vivie discovers that Kitty is not the woman she thought she knew … and a battle of wills ensues. Make your way to Seattle’s Center Theatre for the delightfully heartbreaking comedy of Mrs. Warren’s Profession.”

And: For you history buffs, Historic Seattle has a great variety of ongoing programs, tours and lectures throughout the year: Visiting archives, tour of homes and gardens and lectures. Well priced and well done. Check them out: Historic Seattle Events

Still to come: 3 Days Away in Redmond, WA…a great short stay…good Italian food, lots to see and do, and getting some relaxing in on a rainy Valentine’s week-end!

A Short Foray Away: The Seattle Pops – a fun start with Beatles music!

If you were a twelve year old female when Beatlemania hit in America you should be “all in” for this season’s first Seattle Pops Concert with the Classical Mystery Tour band! (Though Jon enjoyed it, too!) Corn, camp and costumes…take you through the Beatle’s body of musical work with the added live experience of symphonic sounds, something they only did in studios out of the public eye in their later music. If this appeals to you, get a ticket now or forever hold your peace. This was a full house of now sixty-somethings and older who in the end had cell phones appearing from purses and pockets to sway for the encore of the soulful Hey Jude which then turned suddenly to a stand-up Twist and Shout approval of the show. The two shows remaining are this Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.

The wonderful opening overture, written and arranged 30 years ago by Seattle Pops conductor and Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik, sets the stage and sums it up. From the strains of the musically simplistic first hits like I Wanna Hold Your Hand to the energetic symphonic strings added to Eleanor Rigby to the Symphony’s Souza treatment of Yellow Submarine you are primed for all the ear worms of the 60’s and 70’s Beatles and beyond about to come your way in this event.

This is a fun show, especially for those us who “if you remember the 60’s, you are in your 60’s”. My husband’s comment: “all the men look like versions of Bernie Sanders!” The impersonations are a little overdone and the pandering to the audience a bit much especially by Tony Kishman as Paul McCartney. But, in the early years signature waves, gestures and shout-outs were all you could see and hear from The Beatles set against a screaming and swooning mass of young teen-aged girls. The too loud and rather inconsistent (and, at times really annoying) sound system was a problem throughout this night’s performance. Hopefully, this will be remedied for the remaining shows. But, it has a throwback live concert quality to it!

Over twenty iconic songs are sung: some simply with guitars and drums (amped up versions very reminiscent of the early Beatles) to the songs with the symphonic additions to numbers of such originality and oddness as I am the Walrus. Also performed were some of the classic break-out songs that became famous as the band drifted apart and each went out on their own. Imagine from John Lennon (Jim Owen) was a stand out as was George Harrison’s (David John) Something. One is reminded of Starr’s simple crisp drumming (Joseph Bologna) and Harrison’s often overlooked guitar work as well as McCartney’s versatility on instruments and Lennon’s move into the peace movement.

 

Go Early: The Pops are popular! Parking can be complicated. Benaroya was full except for pre-paid parkers. You can pre-purchase parking in Benaroya Hall for $14 by calling 206-215-4747. We found parking at Cobb Building Parking around the corner and across the street at 324 University for $8. Not bad for a two hour stint. Be warned: after the concert, you have to pay at this garage entrance by machine with your ticket before you go to your car and the line is long.

The Muse Café was jumping pre-show.

Added Bonus: The next two Pops concerts should be equally entertaining. Check them out and get tickets now. February 26th, 8pm, The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony might interest you. And I am looking forward to the March 12th,11am performance of Peter and the Wolf.

There is no doubt the Beatles were a phenomenon as a group and as individuals! Looking back there are plenty of interesting things on Google and YouTube to keep you busy for a good couple of hours.