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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

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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The Nutcracker

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
11/27/2015 through 12/28/2015

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s magical new production of The Nutcracker. Featuring choreography by George Balanchine, Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed …

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American Stories

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
6/3/2016 through 6/12/2016

PNB closes the season with a look at three of the greatest choreographers of our time and their …

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
11/29/2015 through 12/12/2015

This November, the curtain will rise on PNB’s new holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcrackerâ„¢! Featuring glorious new …

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Dance Faculty Concert

Meany Hall for the Performing Arts
1/20/2016 through 1/24/2016

Showcasing original choreography by the UW’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty, this popular concert features advanced dance students, …

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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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