This season, you won't want to miss these premiere performances.
Emily Scott Robinson
October 14 at 7:30pm
With an angelic voice and lyrics laid bare, Emily Scott Robinson is pioneering her own brand of roots music that is equal parts folk and country. Her stunning folksy Americana music draws comparison to a mix of Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch.
Jayme Stone's Folklife
November 4, 2017 at 7:30PM
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world— bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. Called the "Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo" by The Globe and Mail, Stone studied banjo with Béla Fleck's teacher, Tony Trishka. With spellbinding singing and virtuosic playing, this concert takes you to Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes.
Kevin Joyce and The Leftovers
A Post-Thanksgiving Concert
Saturday, November 25 at 7:30PM
Bring a pie for Pie Potluck at Intermission
Kevin Joyce is joined by Rebekah Kuzma and a stellar band of Seattle musicians for an inspired evening of music. A perfect night out for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when family has been here just a day or so too long. Joyce and his band will present some of his original tunes from the last 25 years, plus select covers, ranging from David Byrne and Chris Cornell to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.
Vashon Island Chorale -
Carols & Cantatas
December 2 at 7:30 pm, December 3 at 3 pm
It’s time to celebrate Christmas! And this year, you can even chime in for some sing-along carols. We’ll sing a few other favorite carols in arrangements by the great English conductor, Sir David Willcocks.
You can also hear a cantata by the Virginia-based composer William Averitt. This work, "Away to the Skies", is based on the at times raucous early nineteenth-century American shape-note hymns.
A highlight of the concert is a rare performance of "A Christmas Cantata" by the mid-twentieth-century Swiss composer, Arthur Honegger. He begins with a musical depiction of humankind’s despair, written during the Second World War. Angelic voices of children announce Christ’s birth, joining the full chorus for a joyous jumble of carols sung in turn and even at the same time. Honegger provides a confident declaration of hope and joy amid a world of troubles. A children’s chorus, full concert organ, and 31-person orchestra join the Vashon Island Chorale on stage for a rousing evening of Christmas joy.
David Grisman Quintet
January 27 at 4:00 and 7:00 pm
For nearly half a century, mandolinist, composer, bandleader and producer David "Dawg" Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep, embracing many styles, genres and traditions, skillfully combining elements of jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom of "Dawg" music, the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead.
An Evening with Paula Cole
February 10 at 7:30 pm
Grammy winner Paula Cole started her career as a jazz singer and returns to pay homage to her first love of jazz and folk. Her album Ballads is a collection of American classics from the 1930s to the '60s, a beautiful journey to Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, John Coltrane and Nina Simone, Bobbie Gentry and Nancy Wilson.