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
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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Nov
24
Sun
Cora Voce Holiday Choral Music Concert Featuring Tacoma String Quartet @ First Presbyterian Church
Nov 24 @ 3:30 pm

The acclaimed Cora Voce community choir welcomes you to its annual holiday concerts Nov. 23rd (Tacoma) and 24th (Puyallup).

For this concert series, the 48-member choir is pleased to share the stage with the talented Tacoma String Quartet. The concert will also feature Cora Voce’s 2020 Educational Grant Recipients: the Peninsula High School Chamber Choir (Gig Harbor) will join the program Saturday evening, and the Emerald Heights High School Concert and Chamber Choirs (Puyallup) will perform on Sunday.

Among other moving pieces, Cora Voce will be performing John Rutter’s beautiful double-choir motet, “Hymn to the Creator of Light.”

Tickets are available at the door ($18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students) or in advance through Brown Paper Tickets (links below).

Saturday, November 23rd, 7:30 pm
Mason United Methodist Church
2710 N. Madison Street, Tacoma
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4333562

Sunday, November 24th, 3:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
412 W. Pioneer Avenue, Puyallup
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4333559

To learn more about Cora Voce and how it works to “inspire, enrich, and educate,” please visit the website at www.coravoce.org.

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Nov
26
Tue
Hey Singers! 
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Hey Singers! 

Hey, Singers, be our guest to explore Tacoma’s largest a capella chorus in the barbershop style at 7 pm, every Tuesday. Join us at 602 N. Orchard. tacomavocalstandard@gmail.com or Facebook: TacomaVocalStandard

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Dec
3
Tue
Hey Singers! 
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Hey Singers! 

Hey, Singers, be our guest to explore Tacoma’s largest a capella chorus in the barbershop style at 7 pm, every Tuesday. Join us at 602 N. Orchard. tacomavocalstandard@gmail.com or Facebook: TacomaVocalStandard

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Dec
6
Fri
Tacoma Concert Band Presents “Angels In The Architecture: A Holiday Celebration” @ Pantages Theater
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

Tacoma Concert Band Presents “Angels In The Architecture: A Holiday Celebration”

The award-winning Tacoma Concert Band, conducted by Gerard Morris, will present “Angels in the Architecture: A Holiday Celebration,” on Friday evening, December 6th, 7:30 p.m., at Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater. The concert program will feature some of the most beautiful classic melodies of the season, plus transcriptions of rarely performed works with a holiday theme. It’s an evening of musical celebration the entire family will enjoy, a unique holiday performance guaranteed to be unlike any you have heard before. Join the Northwest’s premier symphonic band for this very special evening of holiday music!
$18 – $36 discounts for seniors, and military personnel, available, 18 and under are free.

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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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The Mark O’Connor Band: Appalachian Christmas @ Rialto Theater
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Enjoy a wondrous mix of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass, and other traditional American music with the Grammy-winning group led by Pacific Northwest native, Mark O’Connor. The band features O’Connor’s musical family members and other great musicians including National Flatpick Guitar Champion, Joe Smart, and double bassist/oldtime banjoist, Geoff Saunders. Together, the group has won Grammys, CMA Awards, and topped the Billboard Charts.

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Dec
10
Tue
Hey Singers! 
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Hey Singers! 

Hey, Singers, be our guest to explore Tacoma’s largest a capella chorus in the barbershop style at 7 pm, every Tuesday. Join us at 602 N. Orchard. tacomavocalstandard@gmail.com or Facebook: TacomaVocalStandard

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Dec
13
Fri
Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Concert @ Urban Grace Church
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

Magical Strings Celebrates 41 Years of Annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts
In Seattle on December 14, and Throughout the Northwest from Dec 1 – Dec 21, 2019

SEATTLE, WA – For many in the Northwest, it wouldn’t be the holidays without the harps, dulcimers, and energetic Celtic sounds of acclaimed family ensemble Magical Strings. The tradition continues this year, as Magical Strings enters the 5th decade of annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts taking place throughout Puget Sound in December 2019! Surprises lie in wait…

Tickets are available now, online at magicalstrings.com In Seattle, Tacoma and Kingston advance tickets are: $25 adults and $12 children (12 and under) for General Seating, and $32 for all seats in the Reserved Section. (Tickets are $3.00 more at the door.)

Enter the timeless realm of Celtic Yuletide! Three generations of the Boulding family, including daughter Brittany, violinist with the Seattle Symphony, set the stage ablaze with the Tara Academy Irish Dancers, lively fiddling of award-winning Canadian artist Jocelyn Pettit, soulful songs with Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, powerful vocals and singalongs led by son-in-law Prescott Breeden, and dynamic percussionist Matt Jerrell.
Philip and Pam’s Celtic harps, dulcimers, concertina, accordion and more are gloriously accompanied by their daughter and four sons on violin, cello, whistles, harmonium and harp. Grandson Haydn brings down the house with his dancing, percussion and sidekick act to his father’s juggling. Their music sings mysteries from their most recent sojourns in Ireland and beyond. This festive gala of music, dance, storytelling, juggling, colorful costumed processional and songs of the season brings warmth and joy into the heart of winter.

About Magical Strings
Philip and Pam Boulding founded Magical Strings in 1978, the same year they began the Celtic Yuletide Concerts with their family. They have performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan, toured and recorded with Dan Fogelberg, and recorded 21 albums on four labels. Once called the “Von Trapps of the Northwest” by local media, their love of music is embraced by their five grown children and six grandchildren, most of whom return each year to join the family band for the Yuletide Concerts.

41st Annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts
Sunday, Dec 1, 3:00 pm KINGSTON Redeemer United Methodist Church
Sunday, Dec 8, 3:00 pm KENT Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Friday, Dec 13, 7:30 pm TACOMA Urban Grace Church
Saturday, Dec 14, 7:30 pm SEATTLE Returning to Town Hall
Sunday, Dec 15, 3:00 pm MOUNT VERNON The Historic Lincoln Theatre
Tuesday, Dec 17, 7:00 pm Bellevue Meydenbauer Center Theatre
Ticket link coming soon
Friday, Dec 18, 7:30 pm PORTLAND Alberta Rose Theatre
Friday, Dec 20, 7:30 pm 2 shows! LEAVENWORTH Snowy Owl Theater – Icicle Creek Ctr for the Arts
Saturday, Dec 21, 7:30 pm LEAVENWORTH Snowy Owl Theater – Icicle Creek Ctr for the Arts

What concert-goers say about Celtic Yuletide:
“The perfect start to a season of beautiful music.”
“My family has been coming since I was a child. I intend to one day bring mine.”
“I love your marvelous, musical family.”

Press Contact Information (NOT FOR PRINT)
To promote their 41st year of annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts across the Northwest, Philip and Pam Boulding will be available for in-studio appearances, performances and interviews.
For further information, photos, complimentary press admission to the shows, or for review copies of their newest albums on CD, please call: (253) 857-3716 or (253) 857-6402, or e-mail info@magicalstrings.com.

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