Sounds of the Season

Nov 14, 2016

Throughout the year, Northwest Public Radio is supported by partners in the community – businesses and organizations that help provide programming for all listeners. Here’s a special seasonal spotlight on the arts groups that keep our communities vibrant with music and NWPR’s airwaves robust with the programs you love. Geographically from east to west, here are the “sounds of the season”:


The Whatcom Symphony’s annual holiday celebration features choral music and animated film.  Details: Sunday, Dec. 4, 3p| Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham| ticket information

The Mount Baker Theatre is hosting a number of holiday productions, including Mostly Magic with John Walton: A Holiday Tradition. The performance features Bellingham’s awarded magician John Walton and the trickery and enchantment of a live magic show. The next week, theatre-goers can experience the sweeping standards and dynamic holiday fare of The Irish Tenors: We Three Kings. Audiences will delight in the full-bodied sound of and pure tenor harmony, sure to make this winter concert richly entertaining.
Mostly Magic with John Walton Details: Saturday, Dec 10, 11a and 5p | tickets
The Irish Tenors Details: Friday, Dec. 16, 7p | tickets

South Sound:

In the days before Thanksgiving, the Symphony Tacoma is sure to make any music lovers gratitude list. The Symphony will perform pieces by American composers Copland, Barber and Bernstein, along with Violin Concerto Number One by Philip Glass, arranged for saxophone by soloist Amy Dickson. Details: Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:30 | Pantages Theatre, Tacoma | ticket information

If it’s too soon to think about carols and sleigh bells, the Tacoma Concert Band has the respite you’re after. “SAXY” features the concert band with soloist Erik Steighner. Details: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:30p | Pantages Theater, Tacoma | ticket information

Symphony Tacoma presents their annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family – “Sounds of the Seasons” features classics from cherished TV and Christmas movies, beloved ballads, moving choral masterpieces, and the ever-popular carol sing-along! Details: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2:30p | Pantages Theater, Tacoma | ticket information

And for a traditional and reflective ambiance, Symphony Tacoma, is hosting two performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” which features the jubilant Hallelujah Chorus. Details: Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30p -- Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Gig Harbor | Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30p – St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma | event details

Central Washington:

Holiday enchantment is available for guests of all ages when they attend weekend matinees of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Spectacular.  Details: Saturday, Dec. 3 4p and Sunday, Dec. 4 4p| The Capitol Theatre, Yakima| ticket information

It’s not quite winter without the music from Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by The Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra along with the Fabulous Feet Academy of Ballet.  Details: Friday, Dec. 9 7p, Saturday, Dec 10 7p and Sunday, Dec 11 2p| The Numerica Performing Arts Center, Wenatchee| ticket information

Traditions the world over bring magic and meaning to the holidays – including Celtic music and dance to celebrate the season at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts  with Celtic Yuletide. Details: Friday, Dec. 16 7:30p| Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Leavenworth| ticket information


The Arts Center Task Force presents “A Celtic Christmas Concert” featuring the music of Dublin-based women’s trio, Affiniti, with a special appearance by vocalist Howard Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby. 
Details: Thursday Dec. 6 and 7, 7:00p | Uptown Theatre, Richland | ticket information

Camerata Musica welcomes The Los Angeles Cello Quartet, performing a repertoire that includes Wilhelm Fitzenhagen’s elegant, ebullient Concert-Walzer Op. 31.
Details: Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:00p | Battelle Auditorium, Richland | admission at the door

Two of the most ethereal instruments, harp and flute, will be spotlighted during the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Holiday Concert. Their choral celebration of the season features soloists Chelsea Spence-Crane on harp and Christine Harper on flute. Details: Friday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Dec. 18 | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kennewick | performance times and ticket information

The Mid-Columbia Ballet is poised to perform “The Nutcracker,” an annual and festive tradition. Details: Dec. 9-11 | Richland High School | performance times and ticket information


Around the holidays, Dayton is “the town that still believes,” celebrated the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving during the “Christmas Kick-off” hosted by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. The festivities includes fireworks, hay rides, Santa on Main Street, a lighted Christmas parade, wine tasting, a Christmas market, multiple venues for shopping and entertainment and much, much more. The Dayton Historic Depot Society joins in with old-fashioned family fun, a holiday market and an open-house at the Boldman House Museum. Dayton Historic Depot Society details: Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26 | Hours: The Depot:  10a-5p, Boldman House Museum: 1p-4p .

Walla Walla:

Whitman nears the end of the semester with A Night of Sam Shepard at Harper Joy Theatre. Performances include “Cowboy Mouth,” first produced in 1971, and “Action,” an Obie Award winner originally staged in 1975. Details: Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 11 | Harper Joy Theatre, Walla Walla | performance and ticket details

The holiday happenings at the Powerhouse Theatre are many and merry:
December 2:      The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
December 9:      Celtic Christmas with Affinití
December 14:    “‘Tis the Season” Holiday Concert
December 15:    Little Watts Children’s Series: “A Christmas Carol”
December 17:    Holidays in Ivory with Johnny Boyd
Details: Learn more at the Powerhouse Theatre’s website

The Bon-bons come to Walla Walla, along with the rest of the characters from “The Nutcracker” accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s ballet score, \ performed by the Eugene Ballet Company and the Walla Walla Symphony. Details: Saturday, December 10, 2p and 7:30p | Cordiner Hall, Whitman campus, Walla Walla | ticket information

Whitman’s Intercultural Center is welcoming the season with a Festival of Lights, a time when winter holidays from around the world will be celebrated with food, music, crafts and more in a one-hour event on the Whitman College campus. Details: Friday, December 9, 4-5:30p | Young Ballroom, Reid Campus Center, Whitman campus, Walla Walla

Walla Walla University welcomes Pulitzer prize-winner Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead, Housekeeping and Home, as well as numerous essays. The community is invited to three presentations:
Friday, Nov. 11, 6p.m., on the Walla Walla University campus: an essay reading
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:30a, at University Church on the WWU College Place campus: a discussion and q-and-a from the previous night’s readying.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 5:30p, at University Church: a reading and book signing

The Palouse and LC Valley:

When Festival Dance and Performing Arts brings the Eugene Ballet to the Palouse with characters like the Sugarplum Fairy and the Mouse King, you know which classic Christmas tale awaits: The Nutcracker. Details: Sunday, Dec. 11, 3p | Beasley Coliseum, Pullman | ticket information

The Washington-Idaho Symphony brings grandeur to the season with a December performance that features Bach, Schubert and Mozart’s bright and delicate Clarinet Concerto with soloist David Shifrin. Details: Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30, Pullman High School | Sunday, Dec. 11, 3p, Clarkston High School | ticket information

While many dream of a white Christmas, the Palouse Choral Society imagines A British Isles Christmas, including Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” Details: Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 and Sunday, Dec. 4, 4p | St. Boniface Church, Uniontown | ticket information

The Palouse Choral Society’s isn’t alone in pairing holiday goodwill with visions of England – The University of Idaho Theatre Arts Department will stage Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Details: Dec. 1-4, Dec. 8-11 | Hartung Theatre, Moscow | performance times and ticket information

And WSU Performing Arts has something special for those who yearn for yuletide nostalgia: Presidio Brass will perform a tribute to Charlie Brown’s Christmas, along with other popular holiday tunes and traditional melodies. Details: Friday, December 2, 7:30 | Jones Theatre in Daggy Hall, Pullman | ticket information

Even more community events can be found at NWPR’s Community Calendar.