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Reduced Shakespeare Company
“The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition”

Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Who will be our next President -- Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Kim Kardashian? Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 Years of History in 6000 seconds! The "bad boys of abridgment" go from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, from George Washington to Barack Obama, yea verily from the Bering Strait to Baghdad, from the New World to New World Order. It's a ninety minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History.

In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so RSC rates their shows PG-13: “Pretty good if you're thirteen.”

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Magical Strings 30th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert

Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 general, $22 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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Windham Hill Winter Solstice
30th Anniversary Concert with Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, and Alex DeGrassi

Friday, December 9
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $32 general, $30 senior $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

The name “Windham Hill” became synonymous with the best in acoustic music in the 1980s and 90s. Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer Alex de Grassi and supporting musician, bassist Todd Boston come together to lead this joyous holiday concert.

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The Peking Acrobats
Friday, January 27
7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm

The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics; and defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Masters of agility and grace, they push the envelope of human possibility. With their 2016 North American Tour, The Peking Acrobats celebrate 30 years of delighting all ages with exuberant entertainment featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese carnival.

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The Irish Rovers with We Banjo 3

Tuesday, February 21
7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran Family in memory of Rick Russell

In 2017, The Irish Rovers celebrate 50 years of music and one final world tour. These international ambassadors of Irish music consistently charm audiences with their rollicking and rousing performances. On this tour, fans will enjoy a mix of their hits, Jigs and Reels, plus hilarious stories from their years on the road. Joining The Irish Rovers are special guests, We Banjo 3, an award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland. The group delivers a ground-breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old-time American and Bluegrass influences with remarkable virtuosity and passion. The members of We Banjo 3 are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today.

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International Guitar Night

Saturday, February 25
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

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, International Guitar Night founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for a special evening of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. On this tour, Gore will be joined by three new, incredibly dynamic musicians: Italy's innovative contemporary guitarist Luca Stricagnoli; brilliant young Brazilian composer/performer Chrystian Dozza, and India's ground-breaking slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

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Seattle Rock Orchestra performs Led Zeppelin I & II

Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Co-sponsored by Haffner Family/Curran Law and Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

Seattle Rock Orchestra (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. Founded by bassist & composer Scott Teske, SRO is a 50+ piece orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir and a rotating cast of guest vocalists. SRO celebrates and perpetuates the orchestral tradition while exploring the rich history of rock and pop music and delivering performances that are spectacular, fun, educational, and of exceptional quality.

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Kahulanui

Friday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth

In Hawaiian, Kahulanui means “the big dance.” These “Kings of Swing” create a danceable blend of traditional Hawaiian music and the Big Band Swing that servicemen imported to the Aloha State during World War II. Bandleader Lolena Naipo, Jr. found inspiration from his grandfather, Robert Kahulanui, a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. The nine-piece band’s energy and dynamic performances borrow from this sound, keeping Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Now Grammy-nominated Kahulanui are coming to Kent and they’re sure to have the house jumping!

Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and Kent Parks Foundation

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Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem “American Spiritual”
featuring guest performance by Rainier Youth Choir 

Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25, $22 general, $15 youth

For sixteen years, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have been brewing their own blend of American roots music. They are a melting pot of American folk melody and style. “American Spiritual” leads audiences in a bona fide revival. There’s no tent, no potluck dinner, and no preaching – unless you count the band’s uproarious and wise stories. Instead, this charismatic quartet administers songs and tales that explore and revive the human spirit. From a lush setting of Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” to old American shape note hymns, prison work songs, blues, gospel, and original compositions, “American Spiritual” draws from 200 years of roots music to find songs that uplift and connect. With infectious camaraderie, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem easily coax audiences to join their spine-tingling, rafter-shaking harmonies, clap to roaring fiddle tunes, and open their hearts to songs of love and loss. Big questions are asked, few are answered, much harmony is sung, and a joyful string band is let loose to dispense its good medicine.

Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and Kent Parks Foundation

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