It's 2 a.m. on a brisk Wednesday morning. I sit alone at my desk in my downtown apartment looking out at the silhouette of the skyline as the moon makes its way across the dark horizon. The only light is from the street lamps on the avenue, and the only sound from the occasional late-nighter making their way home through the empty stark streets of a sleepy town that is yet to awaken. It is the darkest part of the morning, an appropriate time to begin this story. Only here, ...
The son and grandson of clarinet players, Jeffrey Brooks grew up in Ellensburg listening to Benny Goodman and Mozart. Saturday night, Brooks will join the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra for its final concert of the season, bringing with him his jazz-infused orchestral pops program called Clarinet Monsters. The idea is to combine the classical orchestral experience with jazz. The symphony, along with Brooks and his Seattle-based jazz quartet, will perform pieces made famous by big band legends Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, as well as a few of Brooks' originals.
Music Theatre of Wenatchee and the Numerica Performing Arts Center announce their 2016 partnership to present the North Cascades Bank Apple Blossom Musical -- "Mary Poppins." The show will be produced by Kelly Atwood and directed by Daina Toevs, two MTW veterans, and feature an entirely local cast and musicians.
Calling all performing arts patrons: the Numerica Performing Arts Center’s one-night, full season planning party is happening Saturday. This is your chance to sponsor a show and help the PAC firm up its 2015-2016 season.
Let’s just take a moment to address the name of this satirical award-winning musical, shall we? Mark Hollmann (composer/ lyricist) and Greg Kotis (writer/lyricist), while dreaming up this outrageously funny production, at some point said to themselves, “Let’s call it 'Urinetown!' "
This year’s Columbia River Reads selection is “The Boys in the Boat,” a non-fiction account of nine young rowers from the University of Washington who took home gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Author Daniel James Brown will discuss the book tonight at a free public event at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Go! asked local readers to share their thoughts about the book. Here are a few responses:
In 1936, nine young men from the University of Washington beat unimaginable odds to make it to the Berlin Olympics, where, with Hitler watching, they took home gold. In his 2013 book, “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” Daniel James Brown recounts the heroism of these rowers — sons of fisherman and lumberjacks — and writes so compellingly that this non-fiction historical account reads like a novel.