ArtSEA: At the Frye Art Museum, a time capsule for a black future

As the geopolitical landscape stirs, I will continue to tweak in the form of a few musical notes…

Lin-Manuel Miranda fans have two new reasons to sing along. Rise Up: The Music of Hamilton and Broadway (at The triple doorFeb. 25 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) features a group of singers and musicians from Seattle performing hit songs from hamilton and In the heightsas well as To rent, Waitress and other favorite musicals. And at Seattle Representative, Freestyle Love Supreme (until March 13) is an improvisational rap-musical experience originally created by Miranda with Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale. Lin-Manuel Miranda is not included in either performance!

• This weekend also marks the opening of Blue at Seattle Opera (February 26-March 12). Voted Best New Opera of 2020 by the Music Critics Association, this timely story follows the story of a black American family whose son is killed by a police officer.

• Finally, escape into the special joy of deep musical history with emerald city musichis new program, Evolution (February 25 at 8 p.m. in Seattle; February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Olympia). This unique evening takes you on a harmonic journey through the genealogy of the piano, from harpsichord to standard piano to prepared piano (think John Cage) to synthesizers. Guest artists will perform works by Ravel, Beethoven, Cage, Chopin, Philip Glass and other kings of the keyboard to demonstrate how the development of the instrument changed music itself.


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Reggie S. Williams