2018-2019 Spotlight Series!

Skerryvore and We Banjo 3

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Saturday, October 13

7:30 p.m.  Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $28 general, $26 senior, $15 youth 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

Co-sponsored by Judy Woods 

Skerryvore, a multi-award winning folk-rock band from Scotland, and award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 from Ireland join forces for an unforgettable night of Celtic folk, rock, pop, and bluegrass. 

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” award, Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree to international tours. They create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock, and pop that represents all the personalities and background of the 8 band members who hail from various regions of Scotland. 

We Banjo 3 delivers a ground-breaking mixture of Irish, old-time American, and bluegrass music with remarkable virtuosity and passion. The members of We Banjo 3 are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today, including a 7-time all-Ireland banjo champ, a 4-time banjo champ, and another member who is an all-Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran. Combined with a passionate lead vocalist who is like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group.

 

Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body

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Friday, October 19

7:30 p.m.  Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth

*10% off when purchasing the Guitar Lovers Package (Kaki King 10/19 and International Guitar Night 3/1) 

Sponsored by 91.3 KBCS 

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past 13 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released 8 extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild, and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours. 

 

An Evening with Molly Ringwald

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Friday, November 30

7:30 p.m.  Kentwood Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $32 general, $28 senior, $18 youth 

Sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family in memory of Regan Curran 

Molly Ringwald acts, writes books, and sings jazz. Along with her quartet, she brings a crowd-pleasing concert – “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” – to venues around the world, including Kent’s Spotlight Series. The New York Times says, “The spin she brings to the American Songbook is thoroughly contemporary.” Since her debut Jazz album “Except Sometimes” was released in 2013 on Concord Records, Ringwald and her band have performed over 200 concerts in seven countries. An actress of stage and screen, Ringwald earned a Golden Globe nomination at age thirteen, and went on to star in numerous films, including the iconic films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. On stage, Ringwald starred in Broadway productions of the Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive; the revival of Cabaret; Tony-nominated Enchanted April, and the West End production of When Harry Met Sally.

  

Magical Strings 32nd Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert

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Sunday, December 2

3:00 p.m.  Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth 

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent. Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren and guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. The Bouldings perform on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings, percussion and harp-like instruments from around the world.  Guests add Irish step dancing, drumming and storytelling for a festive and memorable performance.

 

An Evening with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary)PeterYarrowPRshot2017

Saturday, January 19

7:30 p.m.  Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $28 general, $25 senior $15 youth 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Curran Law Firm

Media sponsor – 91.3 KBCS 

Peter Yarrow is a folk legend with a contemporary message. His talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.


Seattle Rock Orchestra performs The Beatles: Number Ones

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Saturday, February 2

7:30 p.m.  Kentwood Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran  through the Kent Parks Foundation and the Haffner Family

Media sponsor – 91.3 KBCS 

Taking inspiration from the popular Beatles compilation album “1,” Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) celebrates the band's broad swath of No. 1 hits that reigned on both the U.K. and U.S. charts, along with their charming B-Side companions (many of which are hits in their own right). Featuring the songs "Can't Buy Me Love," "Eight Days A Week," "Yesterday," Penny Lane," "Hey Jude," "Something," "Let It Be," and many more. 

Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) was born out of the desire to marry the unabashed performance energy of rock ‘n ‘roll with the broader palette of musical nuances treasured in classical music.  Founded by bassist & composer Scott Teske, SRO is a full orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir and a rotating cast of guest vocalists. SRO celebrates and perpetuates the orchestral tradition while exploring the rich history of rock and pop music and delivering performances that are spectacular, fun, educational, and of exceptional quality.

 

Letters Aloud “Love Me or Leave Me”

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Friday, February 15

7:30 p.m.  Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth 

Letters Aloud reads private letters in public - real letters by real people, read by great actors. Each show brings together letters to and from the famous, the infamous, and all us regular folk—making history come to life in surprising, inspiring, and hilarious ways. 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this special edition featuring letters of loving, longing, and leaving. Take a trip from the romantically sublime to the pathetically ridiculous! From awkward courtship, to horrible breakups, to loves of a lifetime, and lifetimes of love, we’ve got it all in these letters that range from steamy to sweet. Hear from the likes of Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, George Carlin, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte, and a nice kid who grew up to be Slash. Reality TV’s got nothing on Letters Aloud!


International Guitar Night

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Friday, March 1

7:30 p.m.  Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

*10% off when purchasing the Guitar Lovers Package (Kaki King 10/19 and International Guitar Night 3/1) 

International Guitar Night is North America’s premier traveling guitar festival, bringing together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting.  Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore assembles a new cast of guitar luminaries come together for a special evening of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. For International Guitar Night's 19th year of touring, Brian has assembled another incredible, dynamic quartet: Guest host Luca Stricagnoli, Italy's explosive contemporary showman, whose arrangements of heavy-metal songs have made him huge fan-favorite, returns by popular demand. He will be joined by two of France's acclaimed young prodigies, Swing guitarist Antoine Boyer and Flamenco guitarist Samuelito, as well as the ground-breaking Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission.

 

Piano Battle: Andreas Kern v. Paul Cibis

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Friday, April 5

7:30 p.m.  Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

TICKETS: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

This comedy-classic combat show is the brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis. Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy. They even improvise based on tunes the audience requests. This is serious classical music in a whole new context – and YOU decide the winner. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission.


Policies and Information: 

Senior & Youth Tickets

• Age 60 and older qualifies for senior ticket rates.

• Age 25 and younger qualifies for youth ticket rates. 

Refunds/Exchanges

• No refunds or exchanges – ticket purchases are final. 

Seating

• All seating for Spotlight Series events is assigned/reserved.

• Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to performance time.

• Late seating is not guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the performers and House Manager. 

Special Needs

Please let us know in advance how we might be able to help and we will provide reasonable accommodations to those needing special assistance.  For wheelchair seating, please advise when purchasing tickets. 

Children

• Spotlight Series is family friendly and offers some performances that are especially well-suited for kids and families. Other performances may not be appropriate for young children – please use discretion when choosing performances for young patrons.

• Spotlight Series does not allow “Babes in Arms.” Children over 12 months must have a ticket. 

Ticket Information:

Subscriptions

• Create your own subscription series – Purchase tickets to any four or more* separate performances and receive 10% off on each ticket price.  (All tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.)

• Guitar Lovers Package – Purchase tickets to both Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body and International Guitar Night and receive 10% off tickets to both shows. 

Group Rates

• Buy 10 or more tickets to any one performance* and receive 10% off.

• Buy 20 or more tickets to any one performance* and receive 20% off.

(All group tickets must be purchased in the same transaction at the box office or over the phone.  Group rate discounts are not available online.) 

 

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