April 6, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 14
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Bits & Bytes
PNB hosts three weeks of Northwest dance, SSO plans spring Music Of Central Europe, Joanne Klein, Julie Cascioppo sends kisses
PNB hosts three weeks of Northwest dance, SSO plans spring Music Of Central Europe, Joanne Klein, Julie Cascioppo sends kisses by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

Its another terrific week for Emerald City entertainment fans---including, as usual, SGNs Bits&Bytes. Read on:

Pacific Northwest Ballet opened its Celebrate Seattle Festival last night with three weeks of works from Pacific Northwest choreographers. The first two weeks features a welcome revival of Kent Stowells wildly popular Carmina Burana and the PNB premiere of Mark Morris Pacific.

This mixed-repertory program is part of PNBs regular season but features the long awaited, long, long overdue PNB debut of a Mark Morris work. Peter Boal, in his second year as PNBs artistic director, wisely included Morris in his plans for the yearand for seasons to come.

Even before the curtain went up last night, the two-week run was obviously a winner. Carmina Burana is one of Stowells best works. Combined with the breathtaking set from Broadways Ming Cho Lee and costumes from Hollywood and Broadways Theoni V. Aldredge and the ever-popular music from Carl Orff, Carmina Burana is always a hit for PNB.

Mark Morris Pacific is inspired by the cultures and geography of the Pacific Rim. As typical for the Seattle native, the choreography includes references and dance quotes from the various cultures Morris salutes. His early Seattle background was with a Seattle-based folkdance troupe that recreated middle-European works.

The double bill continues with Thursday-through-Sunday performances through April 22. Watch this space next week for complete details.

Week three of the Festival features three mixed rep programs in rotating repertory, running April 17-22. Thus, Program A is offered April 17, 19 and 22. Program B runs April 18 and 21. Program C plays April 20 and 22. Each evening features a variety of Seattle or Northwest choreographersliving or not, major or up-and-coming--with some guest artists or companies featured along with PNBs company dancers. All three programs offer four works by four difference choreographerssort of a Whitmans Sampler of ballet.

While many dance fans will study the offerings of each program and pick accordingly, Bits&Bytes plans to check his calendar, pick available nights and take potluck. Its a Festival format, and it looks like a dance fan cant go wrong. A quick call to PNBs box office, 441-2424, will get you a free program with complete details.

Tickets for all three weeks of the Festival start in the $18 or $20 rangebreaking down to just $5 a work in the last three programs. Check it out. Tickets at 441-2424.

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra launched plans for its 2007 spring festival Tuesday morning in the sun-filled patrons lounge at Benaroya Hall. The press conference/breakfast found the usual slate of music columnists, reviewers, previewers and freelance writers with an unusually high quota of V.I.P. guests. The festival, officially Bridging The 48th Parallel: Music Of Central Europe, runs May 31-June 9 and will involve numerous community groups plus the SSO and Chorus.

Tom Philion, SSOs new (as in very new) executive director, was attending his first Seattle press conference. When this scribe was introduced to the new administrator, the SSO staffer reminded Philion that it had been sunny in Seattle every day since you arrived. He agreed but clarified that he had been in the Emerald City only two days.

Dale Chihuly, who will design new glass works for the concert staging of Bartoks Bluebeards Castle, was another major guest. He and his staff unveiled models of the set-in-progressseven 20-foot high chambers for each of the storys legendary doors. Performances are May 31 and June 2.

Officials from the Seattle International Film Festival were other major guests. SIFF and SSO will have their first collaboration when the Festival hosts a June 3 showing of Ferenc Erkels historical opera Bank Ban, filmed my Csaba Kael.

Musical highlights of the Festival include the June 7 and 9 performances of Janaceks Glagolitic Mass, a dramatic, large scale work that is considered one of the composers crowning glories. The full orchestra and SSO Chorale will be featured with guest soloists. Numerous smaller works are also featured, some performed by other Emerald City musical groups.

The SSO box office will be happy to send out a free brochure with complete details on the Festival. Give a call to 215-4747. And, go ahead and tell em SGN and Bits&Bytes told you to call.

Bits&Bytes mailman had a big smile on his face this week as he delivered the usual ton of press releases to this scribes mailbox. One stood out in the stack. It was signed with a red lipstick kiss, and the I-Wear-Shorts-Even-In-The-Winter P.O. carrier put it on the top of the pile with a smile on his face.

Looks like you have a real fan, he deadpanned and departed.

The lipstick kiss was the seal from songstress Julie Cascioppo, a Seattle legend from her long, long run in the cabaret series at the Pink Door (where she performed just last week). Cascioppo, one of Bits&Bytes favorite entertainers, will be appearing every Saturday night in April at the Sorrento Hotels elegant Fireside Room, the historic, wood-paneled lobby bar at the elegant First Hill landmark.

Her 9 p.m. to midnight appearances have no cover chargea little-known-fact the Sorrento does not stress (but an important element for budget-minded entertainment fans). On June 9, the talented singer/comedienne appears at Eagans Ballard Jazz Jam with her Dinner Set Showall about food and love and meat. Check it outthere is a $10 cover for that gig.

Kisses arrive in person from Joanne Klein, one of Seattles delightful singers who appears all over town. Klein, one of Bits&Bytes bestest showbiz buddies, always delivers an on-the-cheek smack when this scribe or any of her loyal, loyal fans arrive.

Klein sings tonight, April 6, at the Crowne Plaza Hotels Regatta Bar in downtown Seattle to welcome April, celebrate Spring, celebrate Passover and Easter and all the new spring in our step. Mark Samson shares the stage at the keyboards. Klein sings from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Bits&Bytes will be therecheck it out.

As usual, Klein has been a busy, busy performer. This scribe, a longtime fan, caught her last month at Nanas Soup Kitchen near University Village. Great soups, fine salads, a festive crowd and (who knew) a calendar full of live performances.

A couple of days later, Klein was one of several cast members who stole the show at a reading of a new musical, The North Arcade, a made-in-Seattle show about the crafts crowd in the Pike Place Market. The lively musical, set for a full production this summer at the Market Theatre (where else), shows great promise. Watch this space for details.

Quick Reminder: Souvenirs d Amour has returned for a one month extension in the popular cabaret series at the Crepe de Paris restaurant in downtown Seattle in Rainier Square.

Souvenirs d Amour is offered as part of a dinner/theater package or on a show only basis. Complete details and ticket reservations are available at 623-4111. The show continues weekends through April 28. It plays only tonight, Friday, this weekend.

Pearl Django, the Seattle-based musical group that recreates the sounds of Paris Hot Club of the 1920s and 30s, offers a one night only gig at Crepe de Paris tomorrow, Saturday, April 7.

Bits&Bytes is a big, big fan of the talented Gypsy jazz and swing quartet. The single show at Crepe de Paris, with a $10 cover charge, should be a sell outplan ahead. Information and reservations are available at 623-4111. As usual, the popular restaurant offers the event as part of a dinner/theater package or on a show only ticket.

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