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Upcoming Events: May 2018 (3 month view)

Date Band Type Event & Location


Friday, May 04 2018
7:00 PM
to 8:30 PM
Gesa Power House Theatre West African, World Okaidja Ofroso
Gesa Power House Theatre
Gesa Power House Theatre presents Okaidja Ofroso 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 go on sale on Friday, January 26.
Sunday, May 13 2018
1:30 PM
to 5:00 PM
Gesa Power House Theatre opera Live Cinema:
Gesa Power House Theatre
$15 ($10 Students)
The Live Cinema Series continues with a screening of the current production of "Macbeth" by The Royal Opera on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds ($1/ticket) will be donated to the Walla Walla Symphony. Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with "Macbeth," a play he considered to be "one of the greatest creations of man." With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create "something out of the ordinary." Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy. The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored. Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria “La luce langue.” Antonio Pappano conducts a cast led by Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth, Russian soprano Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth (one of her signature roles) and Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Banquo. NOTE: "Macbeth" is sung in Italian, with English surtitles. This screening has a runtime of approximately 3 hours, 20 minutes, including one intermission and an on-screen introduction. This production is performed by the Royal Opera, filmed live in London, and rebroadcast to select theaters. The 2018 Live Cinema Series is sponsored in part by Shakespeare Walla Walla. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase.
Tuesday, May 15 2018
7:00 PM
to 9:30 PM
Gesa Power House Theatre Choral, Classical "Light, Life & Home" - WW Choral Society
Gesa Power House Theatre
$17 Adults; $12 Youth <18
n 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.
Saturday, May 19 2018
7:00 PM
to 8:30 PM
Gesa Power House Theatre Orchestral, Symphonic, Rock Seattle Rock Orchestra - The Beatles
Gesa Power House Theatre
$50-$40 Reserved Seating
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 go on sale on Friday, February 2 - online (www.phtww.com) or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. The Seattle Rock Orchestra last performed in Walla Walla in 2016 to a sold-out house.
Thursday, May 31 2018
7:00 PM
to 9:30 PM
Gesa Power House Theatre singer/songwriter Carson Schmidt
Gesa Power House Theatre
$15 ($10 Students)
Local singer, songwriter, and producer Carson Schmidt will be live in concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature live performances from his recent studio albums: “Watching Heaven Burn,” “Identity,” “Blindside,” and more. Carson Schmidt was the Musical Director for last year’s production of “Cabaret” and is the Musical Director for both of this year’s Summer Stage Series musicals (“Annie” and “9 to 5”). His music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and at www.carsonschmidtmusic.com. Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults; $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.
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