Gesa Power House Theatre presents Okaidja Afroso in concert on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Okaidja is an Afropop singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist from Ghana, West Africa. His unique artistic vision has led him to combine his native rhythms with unforeseen pairings of musical flavors. His sound is a spicy fusion of Ghanaian music with diverse cross-cultural influences. Although most of Okaidja’s hypnotic arrangements are sung in his native language, the meaning shines through. His calling and life purpose is to bring us all together so that we can laugh and grieve and dance and forge forward together, in community.
Okaidja was born into a family of musicians and storytellers in the village of Kokrobite on the west coast of Ghana. He began his career as a dancer with the celebrated Ghana Dance Ensemble. As he toured internationally, Okaidja expanded his artistic reach; becoming a master multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and arranger.
Reserved seating tickets ($30-$25 Adults; $20 Students) will be available to Members on Friday, January 12, to Email Subscribers on Friday, January 19, and to the general public on Friday, January 26.Read more »
The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of “Bernstein Centenary” by The Royal Ballet on May 9 at 6:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds ($1/ticket) will benefit the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.
Three Royal Ballet choreographers honor the creative genius of Leonard Bernstein as part of the special worldwide centennial celebration of works created in response to his music. This program includes two world premieres by Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as the first revival of Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety set to Bernstein’s Symphony No 2.
Continuing his distinctive creative collaborations beyond the world of dance, Wayne McGregor’s new ballet incorporates designs by artist Edmund de Waal, and is set to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Christopher Wheeldon collaborates with award-winning fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu to create the costumes for his piece.
This performance is filmed live in London and rebroadcast to select theaters.
Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.Read more »
In their 2017-2018 finale concert, The Walla Walla Choral Society – following two sold-out shows conducted by new Artistic Director Gary Hemenway – presents a “Light, Life & Home” concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Monday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.
This concert presents a collection of songs that are rooted in musical and lyrical motifs that speak of endearing and foundational parts of our lives. “Light, Life & Home” will feature the poignant photography of local photographer Mark Van Donge. The Choral Society will be joined by The Crimson & Black Choir from McLaughlin High School in Milton-Freewater, under the direction of Melissa Cunnington. This last performance for the season is a true celebration of the many reasons we are grateful to live in the Walla Walla Valley!
Reserved seating tickets ($17 adults; $12 youth 17 and under) are available online or by calling the Gesa Power House Theatre box office at 509-529-6500. Don’t wait to purchase your tickets!
The Walla Walla Choral Society, a non-profit volunteer organization, promotes and performs accessible quality choral music for the Walla Walla Valley and collaborates with other artistic groups, enriching the community’s cultural life.Read more »
The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit Shakespeare Walla Walla.
“Something wicked this way comes…”
Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.
This contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.
Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.Read more »
The Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) returns to Gesa Power House Theatre with a concert titled “Beatles: Number Ones” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Taking inspiration from the popular Beatles compilation album “1,” SRO celebrates the band’s broad swath of No. 1 hits that reigned on both the U.K. and U.S.charts, along with their charming B-Side companions (many of which are hits in their own right). Featuring the songs “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eight Days A Week,” “Yesterday,” Penny Lane,” “Hey Jude,” “Something,” “Let It Be,” and many more.
Seattle Rock Orchestra doesn’t hide behind a rock band … it is the rock band! SRO utilizes strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and rotating cast of exciting guest vocalists to deliver tribute shows unlike any other. Each SRO show juxtaposes a dynamic plethora of possibilities: the infectious energy of a dance party with a classy night out at the symphony; searing rock solos with intimate orchestral moments of staggering beauty; fan favorite sing-alongs with lesser known ‘deep cuts,’ all combining to create a fun yet profoundly moving night out that honors the featured artist’s lasting legacy.
SRO was founded in 2008 by bassist and composer Scott Teske. In the years since, SRO has racked up an impressive resume that includes collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello, Macklemore, DeVotchKa, Jeremy Enigk, Damien Jurado, D.R.A.M, Jesse Sykes, Rosie Thomas, Allen Stone, Jason Webley, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and members of Big Star, The Posies, R.E.M., Harvey Danger, The Long Winters, Vendetta Red, Nada Surf & Pearl Jam), on stages across Washington State, including Seattle’s Paramount, Moore & Neptune Theatres, Sasquatch Music Festival, Summer Meltdown Festival, and Timber Outdoor Music Festival.
Reserved seating tickets ($50-$40) will be available to Members on Friday, January 19, to Email Subscribers on Friday, January 26, and to the general public on Friday, February 2.Read more »
Gesa Power House Theatre presents Magician Kevin Allen on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Magician Kevin Allen caught the magic bug at age eight, was performing publicly at age 14, and now works full time as a magician, comedian, and entertainer. Kevin’s act is family-friendly, but this show is geared towards the adults in the audience. He also appears as “Presto the Magician” with a shorter, kid-friendly show on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.
“A real treat”
-East Portland News
Reserved seating tickets ($25) will be available to Members on Thursday, February 1, to our e-mail subscribers on Thursday, February 15, and to the public on Thursday, March 1, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.Read more »
Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “Presto the Magician” – as part of the 2018 Little Watts Children’s Series of Family Entertainment – on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Presto is Portland’s Favorite Family Magician performing comedy magic shows for birthday parties, libraries, schools, company parties, and other events. Winner of Portland’s 2016 Red Tricycle “Most Delightful Birthday Entertainer” award, Presto is able to charm audiences of all ages. Presto has been performing magic since he was a teenager, and now performs for tens of thousands of kids every year as a full-time entertainer.
Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adult, $8 Youth 12 and Under) will be available to Members on Thursday, February 1, to our e-mail subscribers on Thursday, February 15, and to the public on Thursday, March 1, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.Read more »
The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of Manon by The Royal Ballet on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. This performance is filmed live in London and rebroadcast to select theaters.
Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.
Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on March 7, 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.
MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.
Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
The 2018 Live Cinema Series is sponsored by Shakespeare Walla Walla, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to make Shakespeare and theater approachable and entertaining to students in eastern Washington and Oregon.Read more »
The 2nd Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush celebrates the most intoxicating blend of American short cinema over the course of three days (July 6-8). Once again, the festival will showcase narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films grouped in themed packages.
Walla Walla Movie Crush will showcase nearly 100 new shorts from Oscar®-winners, household names, rising stars and wunderkinds. Movies will screen in hour-long blocks:
Friday, July 6 – 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 – noon-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 8 – noon-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Sunday evening session will feature ten brand-new short films created specifically for the Walla Walla Movie Crush in response to this prompt: Second Thoughts. The “Challenge” screening will be followed immediately by an awards ceremony during which top honors will be bestowed based on the evaluation of a jury of award-winning actors, screenwriters and filmmakers, including: Duncan Jones, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Alvaro Rodriguez, Jessica Yu, AJ Schnack and Tom Skerritt.
In June, the full Crush line-up will be revealed at: www.wallawallamoviecrush.com
The Walla Walla Movie Crush receives support from The City of Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Public Library and Washington FilmWorks. Proceeds from the Walla Walla Movie Crush benefit The Red Badge Project.Read more »
Gesa Power House Theatre presents Good Co – an electro swing band – in concert on Friday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Six piece band Good Co is the United States’ first live Electro Swing Band. Electro Swing combines the era of illicit booze, jitterbugging flappers, and underground speakeasies with the funky beats and the electric sound of today’s dance music. At Good Co performances it’s quite common for such things as beatboxing harmonica jams, onstage dance parties, and crowd sing-alongs to spontaneously break out.
As the United States’ first Electro Swing Band, Good Co is proud to present this new genre to hep cats everywhere. Pounding dance beats are mixed with gypsy jazz guitar riffs, samples from the past turned on their head along with a live horn section make for the best sounding dance party this side of the 1920s.
Reserved seating tickets (Adults $35-$30; $20 Students) will be available to Members on Thursday, February 1, to our e-mail subscribers on Thursday, February 15, and to the public on Thursday, March 1, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.Read more »