Pierce County Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Pierce County including Tacoma, Puyallup, , Lakewood and beyond.

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Nov
2
Sat
The Duke Ellington Orchestra @ The Pantages Theater
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

Duke Ellington called his music “American Music” rather than jazz. Today, he remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. Simply put, his music transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of sounds that renew through every generation of fans and music-lovers. In his 50-year career, his band played over 20,000 performances all over the world. Since his passing, the orchestra has continued to thrive and celebrate his legacy through technically perfect and brilliant performances. The Duke Ellington Orchestra has been performing worldwide for the past 88 years under the guidance of three generations of the Ellington family and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Nov
23
Sat
GEORGE LI PLAYS ENCHANTING RACHMANINOFF @ Pantages Theater
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

David Ludwig: Fanfare for Sam
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li will take on one of the most technically-challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program begins with Fanfare for Sam, a tribute to composer Samuel Barber written by Composer in Residence David Ludwig, and Brahms’ poetic Symphony No. 3. Maestra Sarah Ioannides first collaborated with Li on stage with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra when he was just 12 years old.

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Dec
7
Sat
Seattle Men’s Chorus: ‘Tis the Season @ Rialto Theater
Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Seattle Men’s Chorus is coming to town! Enjoy heartfelt holiday magic sprinkled with festive humor. This concert is truly a gift featuring beloved carols, fresh takes on holiday classics, and show-stopping dance numbers. Bring your friends and family to share in this wonderful tradition.

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Dec
8
Sun
HOLIDAY FAVORITES @ Pantages Theater
Dec 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family, featuring Tacoma Youth Chorus and Tacoma Refugee Choir! This year’s program features choral masterpieces and festive arrangements—including selections from favorite holiday films—that evoke feelings of holiday celebrations at home, whatever your tradition may be.

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Dec
20
Fri
MESSIAH @ St. Charles Borromeo Church
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, George Frederick Handel’s Messiah has transcended its time and place to become a “work of the people” shared by audiences and musicians around the world. This holiday classic oratorio is performed by the talented orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices.

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Jan
25
Sat
Ozomatli @ Pantages Theater
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm

Ozomatli combines classic and modern Latino, urban, hip-hop, reggae and more! This Los Angeles band represents the city’s eclectic culture and has won several Grammy awards for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. They have been named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, were the first musical group to speak at the TED Conference in San Francisco, and have performed for President and First Lady Obama at the congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32rd Annual Award Gala. Defined by innovation, creativity, and putting on a great party that you won’t want to miss!

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Jan
30
Thu
The Choir of Man @ Pantages Theater
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm

Enjoy a performance that combines high-energy dance, live percussion, and foot stomping choreography with the incredible talent of nine handsome blokes who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock.

It is a pint-filled good time featuring the music of Paul Simon, Adele, Queen, Guns ’N’ Roses, SIA, and much more! Hear music from classic rock to Broadway, plus the show includes world-class tap dancers, tumblers, and even a UK Poetry Slam champion. Winner of the best overall Pick of the Fringe award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the world’s second largest annual arts festival. The Choir of Man is the runaway hit from the creative minds of Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay – the team behind The Soweto Gospel Choirs.

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Feb
22
Sat
BEETHOVEN’S EROICA AND HIS ELECTRIC UNIVERSE @ Pantages Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Simon Petersson: Spheres (U.S. PREMIERE)
Yaron Gottfried: Electric Guitar Concerto (with multimedia) (U.S. PREMIERE)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is a delightful expression of the beauty of nature. Maestra Sarah Ioannides conducted Simon Petersson’s Spheres in Sweden in 2018 and is excited to bring it to Tacoma. Seattle native Michael Nicolella will perform Israeli composer Yaron Gottfried’s Electric Guitar Concerto, a beautiful classical piece featuring a non-traditional orchestral instrument. The heroic Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” is one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works and is widely considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and the Romantic era.

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Mar
21
Sat
LUDWIG AND BEETHOVEN @ Pantages Theater
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
David Ludwig: Songs from the Bleeding Pines (WORLD PREMIERE)
Beethoven: Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra “Choral Fantasy”

Creatures of Prometheus is Beethoven’s only full-length ballet and shows his lighter side. Mozart’s longest and final symphony “Jupiter” was said to be an inspiration to Beethoven with its five simultaneous melodies. Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” is considered a forerunner to his Ninth Symphony and includes piano and vocal solos as well as chorus. Inspired by “Choral Fantasy,” Composer in Residence David Ludwig draws on its themes in his world-premiere composition, Bleeding Pines which provides a commentary on today’s environmental crisis.

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