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The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is a vibrant theatrical and educational facility, a landmark of modern architecture built for the World’s Fair of 1962. Operated by Cornish College of the Arts as its most high-profile venue, the playhouse presents to the public a full range of professional and student performing arts productions. In its 470-seat main auditorium, its black-box theater and its generous forecourt and lobby, Cornish and its professional partners offer rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.

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Three Sisters

Produced by the Cornish Theater and the Performance Production Departments

Three Sisters

October 31, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 01, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 02, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
November 07, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 08, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
November 08, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

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Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted and directed by Paul Budraitis. Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sisters—school teacher Olga, unhappily married Masha, idealistic Irina—yearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. Three Sisters is the portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams. Senior ensemble.

Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

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Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

November 13, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

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Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.

The project has brought together 36 of the world's foremost contemporary composers to "re-imagine" one of Sondheim's songs as a solo piece. the result is a brand new world-class repertory that reveals Sondheim's influence across multiple genres and generations. Chosen by de Mare in consultation with Mr. Sondheim, the Liaisonsroser spans the classical, jazz, opera, pop , musical theater and film worlds, with composers ranging in age from 30-75 representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards.

Praised for his “muscularly virtuosic, remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents” (The New York Times), Anthony de Mare is recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists, a foremost champion of contemporary music and a pioneer in the speaking-singing pianist genre. De Mare is currently touring Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, a landmark commissioning and concert project of exclusive new works from Steve Reich, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Adam Guettel, Mason Bates, Ethan Iverson, Nico Muhly, Tania Leon and Mark Anthony Turnage, to name a few, that brings the work of Stephen Sondheim into the concert hall. Other recent performance highlights include: the national tour of The American Piano with pianist Steven Mayer and scholar Joseph Horowitz; Playing With Myself, a multi-media concert event; Missing Peace, an eclectic series of old and new works inspired by the exhibition The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama; Cool ~ A Journey into the Influence of Jazz; and Unities: Music of Pride and Celebration. De Mare has also collaborated and performed with the Lark Quartet, the Bang-On-A-Can All Stars, Meredith Monk/The House and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among many others. De Mare has nearly twenty recordings in his discography. His most recent recording, Speak: The Speaking-Singing Pianist, the first disc devoted completely to this genre, was released in 2010 on the Innova label. Both Speak and Out of My Hands (KOCH Entertainment) were shortlisted for Grammy Awards in 2011 and 2005, respectively. He currently serves on the roster of Yamaha Artists and is a professor of piano at Manhattan School of Music and New York University.

Nico Muhly: Color and Light (2012) (Sunday in the Park with George)
Fred Hersch: No One Is Alone (2010) (Into the Woods)
Jherek Bischoff: The Ballad of Guiteau (2014) (Assassins) World Premiere
Duncan Sheik: Johanna in Space (2014) (after "Johanna" - Sweeney Todd)
Wynton Marsalis: That Old Piano Roll (2014) (Follies)
Eric Rockwell: You Could Drive A Person Crazy (2010/14) (Company)
Rodney Sharman: Notes on Beautiful (2010) (after "Beautiful" - Sunday in the Park with George)
Steve Reich: Finishing the Hat - Two Pianos (2010) (Sunday in the Park with George)
Film Interlude: Onstage Interview with Stephen Sondheim, conducted by Mark Eden Horowitz at LIAISONS' NYC premiere (Symphony Space, April 2012)
Andy Akiho: Into the Woods (2013) (Into the Woods)
Ethan Iverson: Send in the Clowns (2011) (A Little Night Music)
Mason Bates: Very Put Together (2012) (after "Putting it Together" - Sunday in the Park with George)
Paul Moravec: I Think About You (2010) (after "Losing My Mind" - Follies)
Jake Heggie: I'm Excited. No You're Not. (2010) (after "A Weekend in the Country" - A Little Night Music)
Baroque Music for the Theater: Purcell, Lully and Handel

The stage at the Castle Theatre, Cesky Krumlov.

Baroque Music for the Theater: Purcell, Lully and Handel

November 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

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The renowned Cornish Early Music faculty present an evening of baroque masterworks by Purcell, Handel and Lully on period instruments. Seattle's finest performers in early music in one glorious evening!

Henry Purcell: Suite from Abdelazer
Godfrey Finger: Trio-sonata in C Major for trumpet, violin, and continuo
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Passacaille d'Armide
George Frideric Handel: Sonata for flute and continuo
George Frideric Handel: Trio-sonata in C Minor for recorder, violin, and continuo
Aria "Lascia ch'io piango" from Rinaldo
Aria "Destero dall' empia dite" from Amadigi

Vicki Boeckman, recorder
Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord
Kris Kwapis, baroque trumpet
Anna Mansbridge, baroque dance
Ingrid Matthews, baroque violin
Byron Schenkman, harpsichord
Janet See, baroque flute
Cyndia Sieden, soprano
Nathan Whittaker, baroque cello
Elly Winer, baroque viola
The Tall Girls

Produced by the Cornish Theater Department

The Tall Girls

November 19, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 20, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 21, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
November 22, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

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Poor Prairie, the dusty, desolate town where fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Jean has been exiled as caretaker for her wild-child cousin, Almeda, is a grim, dangerous place to eke out an existence as a teenage girl. That is until a handsome man with a past arrives, a brand-new basketball in tow. Senior ensemble.

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2014 Concert

"Destination Unknown" choreographed by Pat Hon. Photo by Chris Bennion

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2014 Concert

November 21, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
November 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
November 22, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

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Presented with support from the Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation.

Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, is pleased to present its Fall 2014 Concert with choreography by faculty and guest choreographers Iyun Ashani Harrison, José Limón, Vivian Little, Amy O’Neal and, Michele Miller

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2014 Concert
November 21 at 8 p.m. and November 22 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle
Admission $12 general, $7 seniors , $5 students, seniors & Cornish alumni
Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006

The Nutcracker

Cornish Preparatory Dance Program, “The Nutcracker”.

The Nutcracker

December 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
December 20, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
December 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
December 21, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

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Running time will be two hours, including one intermission. Performed by the Cornish Preparatory Dance Program, “The Nutcracker” tends to sell out, so reserve your tickets today and plan on a family outing to enjoy the many holiday events around Seattle Center before or after the performance.