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One hot ticket for two great shows at BPA Theatre School Winter Showcase

Aberown Studio presents the BPA Theatre School Winter Showcase
March 22 & 24: Tuesday & Thursday, beginning @ 7:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Get one hot ticket for two great shows this March. Join us for BPA Theatre School’s annual Winter Showcase, a family-friendly event showcasing talented students in the 2nd  – 12th grade in a two-feature performance: “Bainbridge to Broadway ‘16” by Liz Ellis and Zandi Carlson and Shakespeare’s classic comedy “Twelfth Night” on March 22 and 24.

“Bainbridge to Broadway ‘16” is directed by Liz Ellis and includes music direction by Michelle Abad, and choreography by Helen Heaslip. BPA Theatre School’s “Performance Series” students present a musical revue featuring popular and classic Broadway hits, all strung together with charming scenes. This never-been-seen-before show is sure to delight and thrill audience members! Performances are Tuesday and Thursday, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Next up, join BPA Theatre School’s “Teen Intensive” students for “Twelfth Night,” William Shakespeare’s classic comedy featuring mistaken identities, sword fighting, and true love. When Viola is washed ashore in Illyria, she must disguise herself as a man, only to fall for Duke Orsino, who is in love with the Countess Olivia, who falls in love with Viola, disguised as Cesario! Add in some prankster clowns and servants, and the stage is set for a hilarious comedy. “Twelfth Night” is directed by BPA Theatre School Director of Education Zandi Carlson with assistance from Catherine Macleod. Performances are Tuesday and Thursday, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

BPA Theatre School’s Winter Showcase appears Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24. See “Bainbridge to Broadway ‘16” beginning at 7:00 p.m. and “Twelfth Night” beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets (which secure admission for both shows) are $10 for adults and $5 for Seniors, Youth, Students, Military, and Teachers. They may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio and Community Sponsors Columbia Bank and Harrison Medical Center. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are available for most programs to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Music, madness, and Mozart - Don't miss AMADEUS March 11 - 26 at BPA

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management presents AMADEUS
Music, madness, and Mozart
A BPA Chamber Collaboration
March 11 – 26: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, March 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, March 11 @ 6:30 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

It’s music, madness, and Mozart at Bainbridge Performing Arts this March. AMADEUS, Peter Schaffer’s Tony and Oscar award winning story of passion, jealousy, and revenge comes to vivid life with the sublime music of Mozart performed live by a Chamber group and choral ensemble. In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.

Beloved by Bainbridge audiences for her insightful direction of Snow Falling on Cedars, The Kentucky Cycle, Distracted, Private Eyes, Arcadia, The Grapes of Wrath, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, More Fun Than Bowling, Anton in Show Business, Art and The Philadelphia Story, Director Kate Carruthers is joined by a stellar artistic team, including BPA’s Resident Musical Director Josh Anderson (Mary Poppins, Hair, The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Shrek, and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and Music Supervisor Jon Brenner and Associate Music Director Elizabeth Faye – both long-standing performers with the BPA Mainstage Band.

The beguiling cast of BPA stage veterans and newcomers includes Nelsen Spickard as Antonio Salieri, Luke Walker as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Melissa Fenwick as Constanze Weber, Dara Lillis as Emperor Joseph II, Ron Mackley as Count Johann Kilian Von Strack, David Skover as Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg, Rob Burke as Baron Gottfried Van Swieten, Frank Buxton as Kapellmeister Guiseppe Bonno, Jennifer Pippin-Montanez as Teresa Salieri, Chapple Langemack as Salieri’s Cook, Will Langemack as Salieri’s Valet, Geoff Finney and Lee Ann Hittenberger as Venticelli, and Tori Konig as Katharina Cavalieri.

The Choral Ensemble features Lisa Wright, Ron Knoebel, Sholpan Yerezheyeva, Joy Tappen, Christine Perkins, Ruth Urbach, Mike Loudon, Meg Daly, Barbara ten Hove, Paula Elliot, and Mark Power. Featuring musicians from both the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and BPA’s 2015 - 2016 Mainstage productions, the AMADEUS Chamber Ensemble includes Pat Strange (Violin 1), Alan Francescutti (Violin 2), Arlayne Eseman (Violoncello), Jon Brenner (Violone), Clarice Nash (Flute), Patricia Beasley (Clarinet), Amy Duerr-Day (Oboe), Amy Orr (Horn), Chris Laughbon (Trombone), Art Whitson (Tympani), and Elizabeth Faye (Piano).

AMADEUS appears at BPA March 11 – 26, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. A special Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception will be Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. AMADEUS is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. AMADEUS deals with emotionally intense material, some language, and adult situations. The production is recommended for ages 12 and older.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Title Sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Community Sponsors The Maggi Rogers Fund and The Morgan Fund. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are available for most programs to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Get ready for an evening of laughs with The EDGE Improv March 5

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, March 5 @ 7:30 p.m.

Put a bounce in your step and welcome spring with an evening of laughs with The EDGE Improv. Join them on March 5 for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than two laughter-filled decades at Bainbridge Performing Arts, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life.

The EDGE is regularly greeted by sell-out crowds on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers that favorably impacts the quality of each show. “In some venues, you have to spend the first 10 minutes winning the audience over before things warm up,” said player Susan MacPherson. “On Bainbridge Island, they go straight for the cliff from the start.”

Troupe members include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, Nathan Whitehouse, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE online at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org for tickets, bios, upcoming performances, video clips, and more.

The EDGE Improv appears at BPA on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s generous sponsor Rolling Bay Café. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk March 4 - “Flower for My Lady”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk – “Flower for My Lady”
Sumi Ink on Paper by Ayan Rivera
First Friday Art Walk: March 4 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout March at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery March 4 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Both the landscape and the community inspired a new body of work for Ayan Rivera after his recent move to Bainbridge Island. This work includes the classical subjects of bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom as well as interpretive departures from tradition. An ink stick primarily made of soot is rubbed on a stone with water which produces sumi ink. The intention is not so much to depict subjects as they appear but to convey what makes them alive. Sumi painting is both a creative and a mindfulness practice. Ayan paints “for the brief moments when the eye, hand, and brush move together without the mind and when letting go allows something else to move through.”

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Auditions for Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID are February 8 & 9

BPA Auditions for Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
February 8 & 9: Monday @ 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. & Tuesday  @ 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce Auditions for Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, February 8 and 9 at BPA. Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is directed by Joanna Hardie, with music direction by Josh Anderson, and choreography by Debbie Pierce. Run dates are May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 & 29, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview May 12. Rehearsals are March 14 – May 5, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. plus Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Roles are available for 11 – 14 women and 12 – 15 men, ages 16 and up and one youth age 11 – 14. All roles are open to audition, and interested parties may view a complete listing of characters online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/auditions.

Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one-two minute monologue and 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre piece. An accompanist will be provided but participants must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. Please – no outside accompanists or acapella singing.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World. Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

BPA Auditions for Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID are Monday, February 8 at 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 9 at 6:309:00 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition. Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2015 – 2016 Season of Love.

Please join us in thanking Community Sponsor The Family of Jack Clements. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Leah Deobald awarded 1st Place in the BSO’s 2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Announces Leah Deobald
As 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s 2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition – Leah Deobald, piano, age 15 from Shoreline, who performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37, 1st movement. Leah is a student of Professor Duane Hulbert who is known for his Grammy Nomination for recordings of Glazunov piano works. As a top prize winner, Leah has appeared in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Weil Recital Hall in NYC, Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, Pavlovsk Palace near St. Petersburg in Russia, Thayer Hall in Colburn Conservatory, and John Perry Music Academy Concert in Southern California. She has frequently performed in Classical King FM radio, NW Focus Live hosted by Sean MacLean. Last year, she enjoyed performing Liszt Totentanz with Conductor Evin Lambert during the 23rd Orchestral Recital Series in Tacoma, WA.

Adrian Steele, violin, was awarded 2nd Place for his performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, 1st movement, and Kyran Adams, piano, was awarded 3rd Place for his performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Music Director Wesley Schulz congratulates all participants in the BSO’s 2016 Young Artist Concerto Competition, saying, “It takes hundreds of hours, and months of dedication, stamina, and endurance to prepare for and participate in a competition such as ours.”

As 1st Place Winner of the BSO’s annual competition, Ms. Deobald will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37, 1st movement with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on June 3 & 5. The BSO’s spring concert will also feature the Washington state premiere of Dreamtime Ancestors by Christopher Theofanidis – one of the most performed composers of the twenty-first century, as well as one of Antonín Dvořák’s most-beloved and uplifting symphonies – Symphony No. 8 in G major.

Join us for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s winter concerts on February 20 and 21, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, November 15 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to its Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsors Fletcher Bay Foundation and San Carlos Restaurant. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the  BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are available for most programs to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Theatre School Spring Class Registration Begins February 1

BPA Theatre School Now Enrolling Spring Quarter
Registration Begins February 1
+ Mid-Winter & Spring Break Camps, Enrollment is Underway
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School is opening enrollment for Spring Quarter on February 1. Mid-Winter (February 15 – 19) and Spring Break (April 4 – 8) Camp enrollment is underway, but space is still available. BPA’s classes and camps help develop capable people as well as trained theatre artists. BPA Theatre School is pleased to offer skill-building classes, which provide the tools and techniques to develop up-and-coming performers, as well as performance series classes, in which students can apply skills in a performance-focused experience. Director of Education Zandi Carlson says, “Our spring quarter is a fun and fast way to try new things, build new skills, and make new friends, all in a supportive and exciting environment!”

Spring classes include “Story Drama” for Ages 3 ½ -5, “Creative Drama – Underwater Adventures” for Grades K – 1, “Intro to Musical Theatre – Little Mermaid” for Grades 1 – 3, “Character Circus” for Grades 2 – 4, “Group Voice – Audition Song” for Grades 4 & up, "Yes, And!" Improv for Grades 5 – 7, and “Teen Intensive – 2nd Annual Spring Send-Off” for Grades 8 – 12.

Mid-Winter Break opportunities include “Spy Camp” for Grades K – 2, “Musical Theatre Camp – Mamma Mia” for Grades 3 – 5, and Production Camp – Artemis Fowl for Grades 6 and up. Spring Break camps include “Shipwrecked Camp” for Grades K – 2, “Intro to Shakespeare: Twelfth Night” for Grades 3 – 5, and “Musical Theatre – Hairspray” for Grades 6 and up.

BPA Theatre School offers year-round classes and camps for students of all ages and experience levels taught by professional teaching artists to help build character! Carlson urges students to be a part of something magical during our Spring Quarter, saying, “We believe that theatre education and training provides life-long skills of confidence, responsibility, and a joy of learning—all in a fun and supportive environment.”

For information or queries, please contact Director of Education Zandi Carlson at zcarlson@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.842.4560 x3, and register online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/pages/theatre-school.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio and Community Sponsors Columbia Bank and Harrison Medical Center. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents “Legends” February 20 & 21

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents “Legends”
February 20 & 21: Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Legends. Folktales. Stories. Written words and oral stories inspire the music for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert on February 20 and 21. The program features “Overture to Karelia,” op. 10 by Jean Sibelius, Selections from “Swan Lake” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Selections from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky, and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky/arr. Maurice Ravel.

Sibelius composed music for a political pageant depicting historical events with the hope of stirring Finnish and Karelian patriotism. Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, both renowned Russian composers, wrote ballets about two different but mesmerizing mythical birds. Dancers from Olympic Performance Group will join the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in bringing Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” to life. Finally, Mussorgsky, inspired by the drawings of Victor Hartmann, composed a set of pieces for piano. The French composer Maurice Ravel transcribed the music for orchestra and his sparkling creation has immortalized “Pictures at an Exhibition.” From the many promenades to the depiction of the witch Baba-Yaga, this program’s musical storytelling offers a sonorous journey of passion and magic.

Maestro Wesley Schulz, who is garnering attention for his fresh programming and imaginative performances is also Music Director of the Seattle Festival Orchestra and serves as Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound. Schulz was the Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra last season. Other upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Port Angeles Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and the Juneau Symphony. Since the beginning of his tenure in 2011, he has taken the orchestra and audience members on a dynamic musical journey showcasing winners from the Young Artist Concerto Competition, premiering works specifically commissioned for the BSO by composers Brett Kroening and Erich Stem, joining in an historic collaboration with the Bainbridge Chorale, side-by-side performances with the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra, and enlisting a star-studded cast of guest performers for each four-concert season filled with masterworks, beloved favorites, and original compositions

Schulz is pleased to welcome to the stage dancers from Olympic Performance Group who will perform during some of the music from Swan Lake. He says, “this collaboration is a marvelous opportunity to expand the breadth of our audience and musician experience, bringing the music alive on stage with these talented young dancers.”

Olympic Performance Group (OPG) is a local not-for-profit organization that provides dancers, actors and performers of all ages with the opportunity to perform original, classical, and contemporary works in front of live audiences. Visit OPG online at www.olympicperformancegroup.weebly.com.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s winter concerts are February 20 and 21, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, November 15 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to its Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsors Fletcher Bay Foundation and San Carlos Restaurant. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the  BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are available for most programs to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Shake off the winter doldrums with The EDGE Improv February 6

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, February 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

Shake off the winter doldrums with The EDGE Improv, and join them February 6 for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than two laughter-filled decades at Bainbridge Performing Arts, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from people from all walks of life.

The EDGE is regularly greeted by sell-out crowds on the first Saturday of each month, and their capers have earned a devoted community of followers that favorably impacts the quality of each show. “In some venues, you have to spend the first 10 minutes winning the audience over before things warm up,” said player Susan MacPherson. “On Bainbridge Island, they go straight for the cliff from the start.”

Troupe members include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, Nathan Whitehouse, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE online at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org for tickets, bios, upcoming performances, video clips, and more.

The EDGE Improv appears at BPA on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s generous sponsor Rolling Bay Café. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/bainbridge-performing-arts) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk in February – “Painters Together”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk – “Painters Together”
Various Media from members of the “Tuesday Painters”
First Friday Art Walk: February 5 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout February at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery February 5 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Formed over 10 years ago from classes originally led by Gillian Bull, the “Tuesday Painters” group seeks to nourish the artistic drive of its members and support their practice of creating art. Members of the group paint weekly, mainly on Bainbridge Island, in the open air throughout summer. During the wet and chilly months, the group meets to work on prior studies, or from photographs or still life setups. The February exhibit at the BPA Gallery features various media from Gillian Bull, Bridget Grant, Kaye Hansen, Joan Kinsman, Dorothy Matthews, Mary Pearce, Susan Rosenberg, Mary Stroeing, and Nikki Vick.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine