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Music With a Splash of Dance and Politics for early spring at Kirkland Performance Center

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kirkland Performance Center will present the world premier of a new work by Seattle-based Khambatta Dance Co. and a hilarious political commentary with Mark Russell. There wouldn’t be John Stewart and Stephen Colbert without Mark Russell.  VIP Tickets are available for Mark Russell on January 24 are $75. Quantities are limited and VIP patrons receive prime seating and the opportunity to meet the artists after the show. A complete list of shows for the remainder of the season is available at www.kpcenter.org. Tickets are available over the phone at (425) 893-9900 or at the KPC Box Office noon – 6 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and until curtain on show days (hours are subject to change seasonally). The Box Office is located at 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland.

• Mark Russell, January 24, 7:30pm - Tickets $45 ($75 – VIP) http://www.markrussell.net/

Campaign season may be over, but the laughs keep on coming. Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process This beloved piano-playing political satirist comes to KPC with material ripped from today’s headlines. Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award for political comedy and has made him a popular favorite on PBS.

• Solas  January 26, 8:00pm - Tickets $24http://www.solasmusic.com/

Solas is an Irish-American and Irish band that “is grounded in the fast-fingered jigs and reels of Irish tradition, and plays with unbridled vitality” (New York Times). Known for incorporating country sounds into their music, they’ll perform selections from their latest CD Shamrock City, inspired by the history of a mining community in Butte, Montana.

• Peter Yarrow February 3, 7 p.m. - Tickets $35http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/http://www.operationrespect.org/

Legendary musician, songwriter, and children’s author Peter Yarrow is perhaps best known for his career as part of the beloved trio Peter, Paul & Mary; yet he is also a spirited activist who has committed his time and musical talents to promoting many worthy causes from civil rights, gender equality, and environmental issues to educating children about treating each other with kindness and respect through his non-profit, Operation Respect. In this family-oriented performance, Yarrow performs heartwarming renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love, such as “If I Had a Hammer,” ”Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and many more.

• Jonathan Kingham, February 9, 8 p.m. - Tickets $25, http://www.jonathankingham.com/splash.html

With a soothing blend of folk, country and jazz, Jonathan Kingham must be doing something right. His live performances are not only winning him fans and accolades, but the release of his fourth independent album “Smooth Out the Lines” finds him comfortably straddling the folk and country worlds with lush string arrangements and deft storytelling.

• Makana, February 15, 7:30 p.m. - Tickets $22 http://makanamusic.com/

Born and raised in Hawaii, Makana is an internationally acclaimed Slack Key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world. He is considered the youngest authority on his art form and recognized as one of the top guitarists in the US (Guitar Player Magazine 2008). His music was featured in the George Cloony film, The Descendants. The NY Times calls him “A dynamic force within the style” of slack key and National Geographic Society says Makana is “Charting a new sonic frontier with deep ties to tradition”.

•Khambatta Dance February 22, 7:30 p.m. - Tickets $25, http://www.phffft.org/

The five-member Seattle based company, led by Artistic Director Cyrus Khambatta, contrasts rigorous partnering and athletic movement with authentic human content to create an emotionally moving dance, which is both visually beautiful and physically demanding. The company will perform three pieces: A

Moment Repeated, Ashutosh, and the world-premiere of Truth & Betrayal.

• Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas February 23, 8 p.m. - Tickets $25, http://www.alasdairfraser.com/; http://www.nataliehaas.com

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as one of his country’s premier musical ambassadors, presents the songs of his homeland with unsurpassed eloquence, passion and energy. In this special duo concert, he links bows with vibrant young cellist Natalie Haas in an exciting wave of rocking, reeling rhythms, poignant melodies and exquisite musicianship. This remarkable combo has created a major buzz among Celtic music lovers and has been featured on nationally broadcast radio programs, including Thistle and Shamrock and Mountain Stage.

In addition to presenting performing arts, KPC conducts a

variety of educational and community outreach programs at area schools. These are designed to bring

visiting artists into the classrooms for in-depth workshops. KPC also grants students the opportunity to

perform in a professional setting on the KPC stage.

The 2012-2013 Season is made possible in part by 4Culture, Artsfund, The Boeing Company, The City of Kirkland,

The Heathman Hotel, The Woodmark Hotel, National Endowment for the Arts and Western States Arts Federation.

KPC’s Spotlight Education & Outreach Program is supported by Opus Community Foundation, RealNetworks, The

Tagney-Jones Family Fund, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

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