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  • Federal Way Symphony
    Helmed by dulcet-toned Pamela Casella, the instructors at the vocal-music-performance summer camp mold fledgling songbirds into tuneful troubadours with one week of training focused on technique and performance skills. Within the pitch-perfect walls of the Federal Way High School choir room, groups of talented juvenescents explore a wide variety of vocal styles during classes, workshops, and one-on-one lessons under the wings and prosthetic beaks of experienced instructors. Parents can guide hands through the age-old routine of clapping, videotaping, and oscillating like a fan during the Saturday-morning showcase performance, where warbling whippersnappers reveal their newly polished pipes through an ebullient recital of madrigals.
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    515 S 312th St.
    Federal Way, WA US
  • Rainier Symphony
    The Rainier Symphony tickles listeners' tympanic membranes with classical and pop concerts throughout the year at the 550-seat Foster Performing Arts Center. In his ninth season with the symphony, music director David Wayne Waltman will conduct George Gershwin's jazz-infused journey Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Sam Bent behind the ivories. The classic American piece, which premiered in New York City in 1924, opens with a clarinet glissando and ends with a tiramisu. The orchestra also blasts the audience with other popular favorites while Finnish fiddler Ilkka Talvi reclines in the concertmaster seat.
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    4242 S 144th St
    Tukwila, WA US
  • Thalia Symphony Orchestra
    Thalia, one of the Greek muses said to inspire artists, must have paid Seattle a visit in 1949. That's when Mikael Scheremetiew—himself a violinist and conductor—established the Thalia Symphony Orchestra and named it for that mythic figure. Scheremetiew's wish was to give fellow local musicians another creative outlet, and it was more than granted. After a brief flirtation with opera, the organization devoted itself to music, and the aural tradition continues today. The modern iteration of the orchestra, headed by new conductor Michael Miropolsky, features 80-plus instrumentalists, a core group frequently joined by noted soloists. The ensemble regularly performs unique concerts showcasing the work of composers united by common themes—a Tchaikovsky suite might share billing with a Dvorak symphony, while a Wagner overture could be accompanied by Schubert's latest remix. The orchestra's access to such a wide range of works is partially afforded by its Thalia Scheremetiew Library, one of the largest private music collections in the region.
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    1119 8th Ave.
    Seattle, WA US
  • Seattle Symphony
    For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
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    200 University St.
    Seattle, WA US
  • Seattle Symphony
    For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
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    200 University Street
    Seattle, WA US
  • Live Nation
    More than half a century ago, three partners raised a vibrant, multicolored tent on an underdeveloped industrial site and established the Westbury Music Fair. It followed its first production, The King and I, with a decade of top-name talent and Broadway musicals. Then, recognizing its place on the theater scene was permanent, it planted its roots as a fully enclosed theater-in-the-round. Expanding its repertoire to match its new digs, the theater showcased performers such as The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Julie Andrews. Today, past a lounge blazing in purple and red lights, guests find that same circular stage hosting equally great musical acts, musical theater, and competitive musical chairs.
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    1932 Second Ave.
    Seattle, WA US
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