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Performing Arts

While Seattle is well known as the birthplace of grunge, we’re also home to more traditional musical delights, such as one of the world’s most recorded symphony orchestras and our renowned Seattle Opera, both of which enchant audiences year after year with their compelling performances. This “City of Music” offers more than eighty clubs and venues presenting live music on a regular basis, allowing you to choose anything from a sizzling jazz trio to your new favorite rock band. We’re also recognized as one of the county’s great theatre centers. Groups like Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre offer everything from world-premieres and new works to award-winning interpretations of the classics. The historic Paramount Theatre and the Moore Theatre host touring concerts and Broadway shows, while over fifty other theatres produce inspired work by emerging artists. And that’s just the beginning. From the grand artistry of Pacific Northwest Ballet to a poetry reading in the most intimate setting, Seattle will set the stage for you.

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

Romeo et Juliette

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
2/5/2016 through 2/14/2016

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s brilliant take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet garnered classic status when PNB became the first American …

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Dance Majors Concert

Meany Hall for the Performing Arts
3/2/2016 through 3/6/2016

Experience Contemporary Dance from a fresh and youthful perspective! Enjoy the exuberance as UW Dance Majors express their …

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CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work 2016

Meydenbauer Center – Theatre and Convention Center
2/13/2016 through 2/14/2016

CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work presents extraordinary contemporary dance from Seattle and beyond, alongside master classes and free …

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RAMBUNCTIOUS 2.0: A Festival of Music and Dance

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
2/18/2016 through 2/21/2016

5 dance works showcasing African American composers, including esteemed composer T.J. Anderson and the gifted and versatile internationally …

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Moore Theatre
2/25/2016 through 2/28/2016

Exploring the influence of the Africanist Aesthetic in Donald Byrd’s pure dance works, and the American dance tradition, …

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A Rap on Race

Seattle Repertory Theatre
5/5/2016 through 5/22/2016

Donald Byrd (Tony Award Nominee, Bessie Award Winner) and Anna Deveare Smith (Actress, Author and MacArthur Genius Award …

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