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Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body
Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth
*10% off when purchasing the Guitar Lovers Package (Kaki King 10/19 and International Guitar Night 3/1)

Media Sponsor: 91.3 KBCS

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. This innovative, immersive, multi-media production uses the guitar as a projection screen to tell a story. The production places the focus on the guitar itself, creating an experience unlike any other. “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” is Kaki at her visionary best: Deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity.

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An Evening with Molly Ringwald
Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $32 general, $28 senior, $18 youth

Sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family in memory of Regan Curran

Molly Ringwald acts, writes books, and sings jazz. Along with her quartet, she brings a crowd-pleasing concert – “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” – to venues around the world, including Kent’s Spotlight Series. The New York Times says, “The spin she brings to the American Songbook is thoroughly contemporary.” Since her debut Jazz album “Except Sometimes” was released in 2013 on Concord Records, Ringwald and her band have performed over 200 concerts in seven countries. An actress of stage and screen, Ringwald earned a Golden Globe nomination at age thirteen, and went on to star in numerous films, including the iconic films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. On stage, Ringwald starred in Broadway productions of the Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive; the revival of Cabaret; Tony-nominated Enchanted April, and the West End production of When Harry Met Sally.

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Magical Strings 32nd Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert
Sunday, December 2, 3:00 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent. Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren and guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. The Bouldings perform on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings, percussion and harp-like instruments from around the world. Guests add Irish step dancing, drumming and storytelling for a festive and memorable performance.

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An Evening with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary)
Saturday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Curran Law Firm
Media sponsor – 91.3 KBCS

Peter Yarrow is a folk legend with a contemporary message. His talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.

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Seattle Rock Orchestra performs The Beatles: Number Ones
Saturday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation
Media sponsor – 91.3 KBCS

Taking inspiration from the popular Beatles compilation album “1,” Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) celebrates the band's broad swath of No. 1 hits that reigned on both the U.K. and U.S. charts, along with their charming B-Side companions (many of which are hits in their own right). Featuring the songs "Can't Buy Me Love," "Eight Days A Week," "Yesterday," Penny Lane," "Hey Jude," "Something," "Let It Be," and many more.

SRO was born out of the desire to marry the unabashed performance energy of rock ‘n ‘roll with the broader palette of musical nuances treasured in classical music. SRO is a full orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir and a rotating cast of guest vocalists. 

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Letters Aloud “Love Me or Leave Me”
Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth

Letters Aloud reads private letters in public - real letters by real people, read by great actors. Each show brings together letters to and from the famous, the infamous, and all us regular folk—making history come to life in surprising, inspiring, and hilarious ways.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this special edition featuring letters of loving, longing, and leaving. Take a trip from the romantically sublime to the pathetically ridiculous! From awkward courtship, to horrible breakups, to loves of a lifetime, and lifetimes of love, we’ve got it all in these letters that range from steamy to sweet. Hear from the likes of Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, George Carlin, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte, and a nice kid who grew up to be Slash. Reality TV’s got nothing on Letters Aloud!

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International Guitar Night
Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth
*10% off when purchasing the Guitar Lovers Package (Kaki King 10/19 and International Guitar Night 3/1)

International Guitar Night is North America’s premier traveling guitar festival, bringing together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore assembles a new cast of guitar luminaries come together for a special evening of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. For International Guitar Night's 19th year of touring, Brian has assembled another incredible, dynamic quartet: Guest host Luca Stricagnoli, Italy's explosive contemporary showman, whose arrangements of heavy-metal songs have made him huge fan-favorite, returns by popular demand. He will be joined by two of France's acclaimed young prodigies, Swing guitarist Antoine Boyer and Flamenco guitarist Samuelito, as well as the ground-breaking Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission.

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Piano Battle: Andreas Kern v. Paul Cibis
Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

This comedy-classic combat show is the brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis. Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy. They even improvise based on tunes the audience requests. This is serious classical music in a whole new context – and YOU decide the winner. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission.

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