Music, dance at Edmonds center

  • Saturday, March 22, 2008 5:40pm

A new season of events has begun for Edmonds Center for the Arts, which opened in 2006 after an $18.5 million renovation transformed the former Edmonds High School into a performing arts venue with a 700-seat theater and concert hall.

Coming up Nov. 10 is “Ralph’s World,” featuring rocker and songwriter Ralph Covert, bringing a high-energy, super-melodic approach to children’s music that’s enjoyable for adults, too.

The McDades, a five-member group, present a program of Celtic-rooted music on Dec. 28 that fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation with infectious global rhythms.

On Jan. 12, Tap Kids arrives on stage with eight talented tap dancers who joyously celebrate American youth culture, and the California Guitar Trio performs Jan. 24, performing classical, rock, blues, jazz and California “surfing” music with a sense of humor and a wide range of virtuosity.

Comedy from The Second City’s National Touring Company will be showcased Feb. 14 with a medley of classic scenes, songs and improvisation, always original, daring and hilarious. Second City veterans who got their start with the touring company include Bill Murray, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Farley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeremy Piven, George Wendt and Tim Meadows.

The Garden Dragon Acrobats arrive for a two-day visit March 12 and 13, presenting performers trained in the rigorous art of acrobatics since early youth. The Chinese athletes offer timeless thrills with acrobatic traditions that span 27 centuries of their culture.

On March 20, the Harlem Gospel Choir will be on stage with its world-famous performance of songs from the churches of Harlem. Peru Negro comes to town March 29, presenting melodic guitars and passionate singing from the heart of Black Peruvian music; the Borealis String Quarter plays April 12. On May 2, the Kusun Ensemble’s musicians and dancers from Ghana, West Africa, present music and dance; and the Dance Theater of Oregon opens May 2 with daring, exuberant and entertaining dance theater.

Closing out the season May 30 will be the famous comic duo the Smothers Brothers, with routines known for timeless comedy with intuitive humor.

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