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Western Washington University – Performing Arts Center

516 High St., Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-650-6146

Website:
www.pacseries.edu

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Upcoming Events

WWU - Opera Scenes

Classical

WWU's Voice Area and Opera Club present an evening of your favorite scenes from opera and musical theater. Excerpts from works of Mozart, Strauss, Donizetti, Purcell, Britten, and many more are performed, directed, and designed by students.These performances are free and begins at 7:30 in the PAC Choir Room (16).

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• Fri 1/25/19 at - 7:30 PM

WWU - Opera Scenes

Classical

WWU's Voice Area and Opera Club present an evening of your favorite scenes from opera and musical theater. Excerpts from works of Mozart, Strauss, Donizetti, Purcell, Britten, and many more are performed, directed, and designed by students. This performance is free and begins at 7:30 in the PAC Choir Room (16).

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• Sat 1/26/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Studio Recital: Kirk Roa, Voice and Tim Zilar, Piano

Classical, Jazz

Join Kirk Roa and Tim Zilar as they celebrate the end of their musical journey with the WWU music department! Spend your Saturday evening experiencing nostalgia as they play familiar favorites from their childhood. They will also perform original compositions and their arrangements of various jazz standards. This concert is free and begins at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Sat 2/2/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU Guest Piano Recital: David Brooks

Classical

Former WWU piano student of Jeffery Gilliam and double major in viola performance, David Brooks graduated in 2008 as a Presser Scholar. Since then he has gone on to earn graduate degrees from the University of Washington and Stony Brook University. David is now the current the head of the piano department at Wingate University in N. Carolina. His concert is free and begins at 3:00 PM in the PAC Concert Hall (155). Additionally he will give a free master class in the PAC Concert Hall Tuesday, Feb. 19th from 4:00-6:00 PM.

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• Sun 2/17/19 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Liederabend: Western Singers in Concert

Classical

German for "Evening of Song," the Liederabend concert series features students from the WWU Voice Studios in dynamic performances of art songs and arias representing a synthesis of poetry, music, and tradition. Students have been nominated to perform on this concert by their peers and instructors. For this concert, we will feature first year voice students.This performance is free and begins at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Wed 2/20/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Music for 18 Musicians

Classical

Western’s Percussion Ensemble and contemporary music collective NowHearThis! join forces to present Steve Reich’s landmark Music for 18 Musicians. Featuring no fewer than four grand pianos, a huge percussion battery, strings, woodwinds, and women’s voices, this rarely-heard masterpiece is not only one of the monuments of Minimalist composition, but also among the cornerstone works of the last 50 years of music writ large. This is a performance you won’t want to miss.

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• Thu 2/21/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Heavy Metal Concert

Classical, Experimental (Incl. All Music Forms)

Featuring works by Gabrieli, Verdi, Clinard, and student composers, the Heavy Metal ensemble consists of low brass instruments conducted by Dr. Carla Rutschman. This concert is free and begins at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall (155).

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• Fri 2/22/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble

Classical, Experimental (Incl. All Music Forms)

Comprised of educators Susan Parenti, Lesley Sommer, Arun Chandra, and Herbert Brun, the Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble performs works written by ensemble members, as well as works that span over multiple centuries. This concert is free and begins at 8:00 PM in the PAC Choir Room (16).

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• Sat 2/23/19 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference

Community Event

The conference, hosted by Western Washington University, brings together teachers, librarians, readers, and writers to celebrate children’s literature and reflect on how children’s books shape the experience of growing up. This year’s speakers include: Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann, Barbara O’Connor, Neal Shusterman and Jerry Pinkney.

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• Sat 2/23/19 at 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

WWU Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra Present Mozart’s Requiem

Classical

Western Washington University’s acclaimed Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra join together to present W. A. Mozart’s final masterpiece, the Requiem in D minor, K. 626. The 35-year-old Mozart composed much of this work on his deathbed late in 1791. He was assisted by a small circle of devoted friends and students, who took on the task of completing the Requiem following Mozart’s passing. Since then it has become among the most celebrated works in the choral-orchestral literature. Mozart’s Requiem is not only one of the great monuments of the Classical era, but also a staggering demonstration of its creator’s genius: irrepressible even in his darkest hour.

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• Tue 2/26/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Wind Symphony

Classical

The WWU Wind Symphony, a select group of Western Washington University's finest musicians, performs literature from the standard wind band repertoire as well as music from some of today's best living composers. Additionally, the WWU Symphonic Band, involving eighty-plus players, performs standard literature for concert band as well as other contemporary works. Many non-majors perform in this ensemble and enjoy the challenges and rewards of participating.Together, they join forces for an evening of music. This concert is free and begins at 7:30 P.M. in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Thu 2/28/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Composers of Western (COW)

Experimental (Incl. All Music Forms)

WWU student composers present new works in performance. Hear creativity unfold as Western's musicians collaboratively forge new ground.The concert is free and begins at 7:30 P.M. in the PAC Concert Hall (155).

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• Fri 3/1/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Women in Composition

Experimental (Incl. All Music Forms)

Come listen to music from a variety of time periods and genres, composed by women and performed by WWU music students and faculty. This concert is free and begins at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall (155).

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• Tue 3/5/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Guest Artist: Brian Hsu

Classical

Loyola University faculty member Brian Hsu will be performing works for the piano by Brahmns, Bach, Albeniz and more. Additionally he will do a masterclass on Tuesday, March 5th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM in the PAC Concert Hall (155). This recital is free and begins at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall (155).

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• Wed 3/6/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Flute Studio Recital

Classical

Students from the flute studio of Lisa McCarthy will be performing solos and ensembles, covering all of the musical periods from Baroque to Contemporary. This concert is free and begins at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall (155).

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• Thu 3/7/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - University Choir Concert

Classical

The Western Washington University Advanced Treble Choir, University Men's Choir, and University Treble Choir join forces for an evening of music. The concert is free and begins at 7:30 P.M. in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Sun 3/10/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU Symphony Orchestra

Classical, Cabaret

The WWU String Sinfonia will present music from Henry Purcell’s 1692 opera The Fairy Queen, followed by George Walker’s ravishing Lyric for strings. Walker, a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of America’s leading African-American composers, died in fall, 2018, at the age of 96. Concluding the first half is Judd Greenstein’s frenetic Reservoir. Symphony Orchestra- Following intermission, the WWU Symphony Orchestra takes the stage to present Igor Stravinsky’s iconic 1911 ballet Petrushka, revised by the composer in 1947. Concert Program -  Henry Purcell: Suite from The Fairy Queen (Mika Armaly, conductor) George Walker: Lyric for Strings. Judd Greenstein: Reservoire. Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 version).

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• Mon 3/11/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Student Chamber Music I

Classical

Every quarter, students in the WWU Music Department form chamber groups and play music without a conductor, instead relying on body language and non-verbal communication to stay together and enhance the music.The Chamber I performance features brass and wind players.The concert is free and begins at 7:30 P.M. in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Tue 3/12/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Symphonic Band

Classical

Involving eighty-plus players, the Symphonic Band performs standard literature for concert band. Many non-majors perform in this ensemble and enjoy the challenges and rewards of participating. This concert is free and begins at 7:30 PM in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Wed 3/13/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Student Chamber Music II

Classical

Every quarter, students in the WWU Music Department form chamber groups and play music without a conductor, instead relying on body language and non-verbal communication to stay together and enhance the music.The Chamber II performance features string players.The concert is free and begins at 7:30 P.M. in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Thu 3/14/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - Concerto Competition Finals

Classical

Western's top student soloists compete to perform with the WWU Symphony Orchestra in May. This annual event in the PAC Concert Hall showcases the finest talent from Western's instrumental and vocal studios.The competition begins at 7:30 P.M. in the Concert Hall.

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• Wed 3/20/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WWU - BMTA Honors Recital

Classical

Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center hosts the Bellingham Music Teachers Association annual Honors Recital. Chosen students from private studios of BMTA teachers will be performing after adjudications at 12:00 PM in the PAC Concert Hall.

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• Sat 3/30/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM