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.
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.