Five Canticles of Benjamin Britten's

Sat, 11/23/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:15pm

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Musicians from within Saint Martin’s Abbey, Saint Martin’s University and surrounding communities will perform the five Canticles of Edward Benjamin Britten Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Abbey Church, located on the University campus, 5000 Abbey Way. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert, organized by Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B., a tenor and one of the performers, is among many worldwide celebrations being held to honor the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth. He was born on the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, on Nov. 22, 1913. Britten was an English composer, conductor and pianist who was considered a central figure of 20th-century British classical music. His works range from orchestral to choral, solo vocal, chamber, instrumental and film music.

“The Canticles are vivid, dramatic works. Although they were not designed to be performed together, they span virtually Britten’s entire career, from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, and were composed for a variety of forces and singers. They form a remarkably effective sequence,” says Woodard. “Each is in some way inspired by religion and takes the form of an extended song, scena, miniature cantata or, even in the case of the piece Abraham and Isaac, virtually a mini opera.”

In addition to Woodard, the other performers include Saint Martin’s faculty members such as Art Peterson, a well-known musician in the Northwest who teaches piano and music theory; Andrew Moyer, associate treasurer of Saint Martin’s Abbey; Christopher Poulakidas, a Saint Martin’s music graduate; Jocelyn Preston, who performs frequently in the South Sound area as a mezzo soloist; Gina Gillie, Ph.D., associate professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University and Margaret Shelton, harpist and recent winner of the Watson Fellowship. The fellowship sponsored Shelton’s year-long world tour to research, perform and build harps.

Arts Walk/Halloween House Party Episode Dance Oly Dance @Track House

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 11:00pm - Sun, 10/06/2013 - 2:00am

Dance Oly Dance Flier

Dance Oly Dance, Olympia’s local dance TV show, invites you to yet another televised dance party on Saturday, October 5th, 11pm to midnight. Dance in front of video cameras at a downtown house party. The one-hour episode will air in January on TCTV.

Get down to an hour-long beatset by DJ PhilosoBitch, who will play songs from Chicks On Speed, Knife Party, Laurie Anderson, Studio Killers, and more.

TV recording goes from 11:00pm to midnight. Party continues with DJ AwsomeCat.

Again, that’s Saturday, October 5th at the Track House, 511 7th Ave SE.

And don’t forget to become a fan of Dance Oly Dance on FaceBook

Here's the FaceBook event invite page for this episode:

October 4th Episode of Dance Oly Dance with DJ PhilosoBitch.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Dance Oly Dance Dancer

Dance Oly Dance, Olympia’s local dance TV show, invites you to yet another televised dance party on Friday, October 4th, 8-9pm.

Come as you are or come in costume. Come with your friends. Get down to an hour-long beatset by DJ PhilosoBitch.

RSVP on FaceBook at:

Again, that’s Friday, October 4th, 8-9pm at 440 Yauger Way, in the Comcast building across from Capital Medical. Call TCTV at 956.3100 for directions.

And don’t forget to become a fan of Dance Oly Dance on MySpace and FaceBook


And then the following night, Saturday October 5th, there will be a special house party episode of Dance Oly Dance at the Track House (511 7th Ave, S.E.) from 11:00pm 'till late.

The Bushwick Book Club Sings

Sat, 10/12/2013 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Musical artists of the Bushwick Book Club Seattle will sing original songs inspired by the Timothy Egan book, “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.” Bushwick is a group of musicians dedicated to sharing their passion for both music and reading. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, a community reading initiative for 2013. Free for all ages.

Uke Oyster Cult at Timberland

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Return to Evergreen 2013

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00pm

Return to Evergreen 2013 - alumni and friends invited to register for seminars, tours, workshops during the day. Starting at 6 pm, live music, dancing and for those 21+ with legal I.D. - The Greener Beer Garden.
$25 for the full day. Evening music program only - no charge

Kid's Dance Party

Sat, 08/17/2013 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

KAOS Community Radio and Dino's Coffee present the second annual Kid's Dance Party on Saturday, August 17, at the West Central Park, located at Harrison and Division Street in Olympia.  Miss Melissa, host of the children's show Cottleston Pie on KAOS, will be spinning music for all ages.  There will also be bubbles, hula hooping, and other kid-friendly activities.  This event is free.

First Annual Steamboat Bluegrass Festival

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 5:00pm - Sat, 07/27/2013 - 12:00am

First ever (and we hope) annual Steamboat Bluegrass Festival at the Prosperity Grange Hall, 3701 Steamboat Isl. Rd. NW, Olympia, WA 98502  Friday, July 26th 2013 5pm till LATE  event FB: 

 Featuring The Pine Hearts, Windy Hill (of California on tour this summer!) The Oly Mountain Boys, Rooster Crow, Black Hill and Dan "THE MAN" Spencer. Folks, I'm meanin' to tell y'all, this is serious down home, foot stompin', high lonesome sound bluegrass acoustic music as practiced by the finest our local music scene has to offer. Tickets: 5$   Interested in saving a couple bucks?: a limited amount of 3$ *Early-Bird tickets will be available at the Steamboat Island Coffee Stand until they run out...

Food and Beer will be sold at the event, so join us for dinner and then dance the night away with us at the Steamboat Island Prosperity Grange.

House Party Episode of Dance Oly Dance The Track House with DJ PhilosoBitch, Violent Vickie, GarlicMan&CHIKN & Andro Arrows

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 10:00pm - Sun, 06/30/2013 - 2:00am

Dance Oly Dance Flier


Sean Gaskell and Bret Benraven- West African Harp and Calabash

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

@ The Matrix Coffeehouse, 434 NW Prindle St. Chehalis, $6, all ages welcome

Sean Gaskell plays traditional music of the Mandinka people on the 21 string West African Kora. The music is traditionally played by Griots (Gree-ohs, oral/musical historians). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repetoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while praising people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, many commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. This event took place in Mali in the mid 13th century. Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has also studied under Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead groups such as "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Sean released his first solo album "Kora Music of West Africa" in March of 2012. He has toured nationally in the US and has played at the Kartong Festival in Gambia and at the Dombondir Festival in Senegal. "Sean's playing and singing are right on when it comes to traditional Mandinka music. Very nice indeed!" says Roderic Knight- a retired professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin College Musical Conservatory- Ohio

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