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Spotlight Series 2016-2017 

Shining a Light on the Best Entertainment 

 

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 Reduced Shakespeare Company

“The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition”

Saturday, October 15

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

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

Who will be our next President -- Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Kim Kardashian? “The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition” will provide the historical context that is guaranteed to confuse any American voter. Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 Years of History in 6000 seconds! The "bad boys of abridgment" go from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, from George Washington to Barack Obama, yea verily from the Bering Strait to Baghdad, from the New World to New World Order. It's a ninety minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History.

 

And in this Election Edition, the presidential frontrunners (and who knows, maybe the President himself!) may just put in an appearance to answer audience questions: Who really discovered America? How old was John McCain at the beginning of the Civil War? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a light bulb?

 

In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so RSC rates their shows PG-13: “Pretty good if you're thirteen.”

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Magical Strings 30th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert 

Sunday, December 4

3:00 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $25 general, $22 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.
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Windham Hill Winter Solstice

30th Anniversary Concert with Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, and Alex DeGrassi

Friday, December 9

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $32 general, $30 senior $15 youth

 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

 

The name “Windham Hill” became synonymous with the best in acoustic music in the 1980s and 90s. Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer Alex de Grassi and supporting musician, bassist Todd Boston come together to lead this joyous holiday concert.

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The Peking Acrobats

Friday, January 27

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

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

 

 Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm

 

The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics; and defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Masters of agility and grace, they push the envelope of human possibility. With their 2016 North American Tour, The Peking Acrobats celebrate 30 years of delighting all ages with exuberant entertainment featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese carnival.

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The Irish Rovers with We Banjo 3   (100% / 50%)

Tuesday, February 21

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran Family in memory of Rick Russell

 

In 2017, The Irish Rovers celebrate 50 years of music and one final world tour. These international ambassadors of Irish music consistently charm audiences with their rollicking and rousing performances. On this tour, fans will enjoy a mix of their hits, Jigs and Reels, plus hilarious stories from their years on the road. Joining The Irish Rovers are special guests, We Banjo 3, an award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland. The group delivers a ground-breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old-time American and Bluegrass influences with remarkable virtuosity and passion. The members of We Banjo 3 are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today.

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International Guitar Night

Saturday, February 25

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

 

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, International Guitar Night founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for a special evening of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.  On this tour, Gore will be joined by three new, incredibly dynamic musicians: Italy's innovative contemporary guitarist Luca Stricagnoli; brilliant young Brazilian composer/performer Chrystian Dozza, and India's ground-breaking slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

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Seattle Rock Orchestra performs Led Zeppelin I & II

Friday, March 10

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

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

 

Co-sponsored by Haffner Family/Curran Law and Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

 

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 50+ piece 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.

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Kahulanui

Friday, March 17

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

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

 

In Hawaiian, Kahulanui means “the big dance.” These “Kings of Swing” create a danceable blend of traditional Hawaiian music and the Big Band Swing that servicemen imported to the Aloha State during World War II. Bandleader Lolena Naipo, Jr. found inspiration from his grandfather, Robert Kahulanui, a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. The nine-piece band’s energy and dynamic performances borrow from this sound, keeping Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Now Grammy-nominated Kahulanui are coming to Kent and they’re sure to have the house jumping! Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and Kent Parks Foundation

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Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem “American Spiritual”

featuring guest performance by Rainier Youth Choir (100% / 50%)

Saturday, April 1

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $25, $22 general, $15 youth

 

For sixteen years, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have been brewing their own blend of American roots music. They are a melting pot of American folk melody and style. “American Spiritual” leads audiences in a bona fide revival. There’s no tent, no potluck dinner, and no preaching – unless you count the band’s uproarious and wise stories. Instead, this charismatic quartet administers songs and tales that explore and revive the human spirit. From a lush setting of Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” to old American shape note hymns, prison work songs, blues, gospel, and original compositions, “American Spiritual” draws from 200 years of roots music to find songs that uplift and connect. With infectious camaraderie, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem easily coax audiences to join their spine-tingling, rafter-shaking harmonies, clap to roaring fiddle tunes, and open their hearts to songs of love and loss. Big questions are asked, few are answered, much harmony is sung, and a joyful string band is let loose to dispense its good medicine. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and Kent Parks Foundation

 

Dear Friends,

 

It’s time for another wonderful season of performing arts events in Kent! It’s hard to believe that Spotlight Series has been bringing exciting, diverse, and exceptional artists and performances to Kent for nearly two decades! I am pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Spotlight Series line-up – our 19th season.

 

We will kick off the season with Reduced Shakespeare Company who will bring some much-needed levity to the final countdown toward the 2016 presidential election. Their “Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition” will have us all laughing our way to Election Day.

 

Holiday offerings include the 30th anniversary of a cherished Kent tradition – Magical Strings’ Celtic Yuletide Concert. In addition to this long-time favorite, we are delighted to present a new musical celebration of the season, Windham Hill Winter Solstice concert featuring Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, and Alex DeGrassi.

 

The Peking Acrobats will bring their breathtaking feats back to Spotlight Series, and International Guitar Night will also be back by popular demand with a new line-up of world guitar luminaries.

 

As always, we’ve worked hard to put together a season with something for everyone. Concerts range from the legendary Irish Rovers on their final world tour and Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui, to the Seattle Rock Orchestra playing Led Zeppelin and quirky American Roots quartet, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.

 

Performance is powerful. Music can touch our spirits in a single moment, dance brings visible movement to elusive emotion, theater entertains and informs. And in an age of unlimited digital entertainment options, performing arts have the unique power to connect us – to bring us together to heal, learn, grow, and celebrate as individuals and as a community.

 

Take a look through the season brochure and plan to join us for these excellent and inspiring shows. Remember, you get a 10% discount if you buy tickets to 4 or more performances. Thank you for your on-going support. I look forward to seeing you at the shows!

 

 

Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager

 

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We rely on the generosity of our patrons to bring top quality performing artists to Kent. Ticket sales and other sources of earned income account for between 70-80% of Spotlight Series' annual revenue. Sponsorships from individuals and businesses make up the difference and ensure the continued success of Spotlight Series.

 

Please consider supporting the Series through an exclusive artist sponsorship of one of the 9 exciting performances or an educational activity. Sponsors receive a variety of promotional opportunities to increase their visibility in the community, as well as VIP benefits for entertaining clients, building employee morale or just for fun! For more information on sponsorships, please call the Kent Arts Commission office at (253) 856-5050.

 

2016-2017 Sponsors

Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. 

Sponsors include 91.3 KBCS, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pete and Pat Curran Family, Curran Law Firm, Pat and Pete Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Judy Woods.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS

  Create your own subscription series 

  • Purchase tickets to any four or more separate performances and receive 10% off on each ticket price.
  • Subscription rates will be calculated automatically if you order tickets online.
  • All tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.

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.
  • Group rate discounts are not available online. Purchase by phone or at the box office; details below.
  • All tickets must be purchased in the same transaction

SENIOR AND YOUTH TICKETS

  • Age 60 and older qualifies for senior ticket rates.
  • Age 25 and younger qualifies for youth ticket rates.

HOW TO PURCHASE SPOTLIGHT TICKETS

  • Purchase tickets ONLINE.
  • MAIL us at Kent Arts Commission, Spotlight Series, 220 4th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032-5895 Best available seats will be issued for mail-in orders; do not send cash.
  • CALL (253) 856-5051, Monday through Friday, 6am-9pm; Saturday, 8am-9pm. A Visa or MasterCard is required for phone orders.
  • WALK IN to the Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent, Monday through Friday, 6am-9pm; Saturday 8am-9pm.  

REFUNDS/EXCHANGE

  • 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 but some performances may not be appropriate for young children - please use discretion when choosing performances for young patrons.
  • Children over 12 months must have a ticket for all shows.  

Performance locations are on Kent's East Hill, a short drive (approximately 30-40 minutes) from Seattle and Tacoma.  Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center

10020 SE 256th Street, Kent, WA
Free parking is available in the school parking lot.

DIRECTIONS

  • Take the Kent-Des Moines exit (#149 off I-5 southbound, #149A off I-5 northbound).
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn east (toward valley) onto Kent-Des Moines Road.
  • Proceed down the hill. Go through Meeker street intersection, Washington Avenue intersection and continue until the road dead-ends onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Smith Street.
  • Kent-Meridian is on the left at the top of the hill just past French Field.
  • Turn left at the light (101st Avenue) into the school parking lot.
  • Free parking is available in school lot.

Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center

25800 164th Avenue SE, Covington, WA
Free parking is available in the school parking lot.

DIRECTIONS

  • Des Moines exit (#149 off I-5 southbound, #149A off I-5 northbound).
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn east onto Kent-Des Moines Road.
  • Proceed down the hill. Go through Meeker street intersection, Washington Avenue intersection and continue until the road dead-ends onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Smith Street.
  • At the top of the hill the road will "Y". Stay left on 256th and go straight through the light.
  • Proceed for approximately 4.5 miles.
  • Turn right at the light onto 164th Avenue SE. Kentwood High School is on the left.
  • The first building on the right as you turn into the parking lot is the Performing Arts Center.
  • Free parking is available in school lot.