The Federal Way Chorale performs Aug. 19 at the Performing Arts and Event Center’s grand opening. The facility is located at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. For tickets and information, visit fwpaec.org or call 253-835-7010. Photo by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Local music takes stage in Federal Way arts center’s inaugural season

The Performing Arts and Event Center has partnered with several Federal Way music makers for multiple shows in the 2017-2018 season.

– Leading the pack is the Federal Way Symphony, which had long performed at St. Luke’s Church. Led by Maestro A. Brian Davenport and established in 1983, the symphony shows the love for great music ranging from pure classical to New Orleans jazz. The PAEC Premier Debut is Oct. 7-8 and includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Anastasia Dedik, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring the Federal Way Chorale, Symphony Singers and the Boeing Employees Choir. Other symphony shows this season include Handel’s Messiah on Nov. 19; Holiday Pops on Dec. 2 and 3; Flavor of New Orleans on March 3; Season Finale with violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi on April 7 and 8.

– The Jet Cities Chorus has been singing sweet songs in Federal Way for more than 30 years. The chorus sings four-part, A cappella harmony in a barbershop style. Their Oct. 28 fall show will feature the GQ Quartet, a Baltimore-based female barbershop-style group that has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

– The Federal Way Chorale will warm the coldest ears at its winter performance with a number of Christmas pieces – some lesser known, like Nelhybel’s “Estampie Natalis.” The Dec. 9 show includes an orchestra to accompany the emotionally moving songs of the winter season. In the May 18 spring concert, the Chorale will deliver American classics from black composers including selections from “Porgy and Bess.”

– The Federal Way Harmony Kings stand among music royalty in the South Sound. The men’s barbershop chorus has been performing for more than 56 years at local events and are well-known for their four-part harmonies and Singing Valentines. The group will present its 57th Annual Show on May 19 and will pay homage to the Pacific Northwest.

For tickets and information, visit www.fwpaec.org or call 253-835-7010.

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