Arabic, Turkish music at Confluence

Confluence Gallery in Twisp presents a World Music concert featuring Arabic and Turkish Music with members of the Seattle-based House of Tarab Ensemble on Saturday (March 12) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

House of Tarab specializes in the “Golden Era” music of Egyptian Cinema, according to a Confluence press release. Tarab refers to the state of ecstasy one enters when emotionally moved by live music.

The trio will feature David McGrath on nay (flute), Stephen Elaimy on oud (fretless lute), and Jane Hall on riqq (tamborine). As founding members of Seattle’s House of Tarab Arabic Music Ensemble, they been studying and performing together for over 18 years, both nationally and internationally.

They will present 19th and 20th century classical Arabic music from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine, as well as Turkish devotional and meditation music, accompanied with poetry by Rumi (Sufi poet).

Tickets are $15; beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information, call 997‑2787.

Classical guitar concert

Classical guitarist Terry Hunt will perform in concert with guest violinist Tara Kaiyala Weaver at the Methow Valley Inn on Monday (March 14). The program will include the “Grand Overture” by Italian composer Mauro Giuliani, two fantasias from the Renaissance, and several selections by Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios Mangore and by Mexican Composer Manuel Ponce. Kaiyala Weaver will join Hunt for “Histoire du Tango” for violin and guitar with by Astor Piazzolla.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. To reserve seats contact Hunt at mountainsound@centurytel.net or call 997‑9344.

Snapshots presented by Readers’ Theater

The Merc Playhouse’s Readers’ Theater presents a production of Snapshots, a contemporary comedy about three best friends through the years, on March 18 and 19. The shows start at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

The production is directed by Jane Orme. The play, by Cynthia Mercati, draws its humor from three best friends — played in their younger years by Erika Halm, Dani Golden and Heide Andersen, and in their more mature years by Robin Nelson-Wicks, Anne Andersen and Lynn Swan. Through a montage of monologues and scenes, the three women obsess and confess as they go from their teens in the 1960s into present day.

Oklahoma takes the stage

The Methow Valley Theater’s production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma will open on March 18 with the first of six performances at the Methow Valley Community Center. The show is directed by Nadine Van Hees.

Evening performances are March 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on March 20. Tickets are $12 at the door for general seating. Front-row seats may be purchased for $20 at Methow Valley Chiropractic, or at the door.

Last Salmon will return

We haven’t seen the last of The Last Salmon, the musical-and-storytelling presentation that attracted enthusiastic audiences during its recent run at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. The show will be presented twice on June 18 at Seattle University, with the same cast that performed at The Merc. Look for more detailed information closer to the date.

The Last Salmon is based on a book by local author Phil Davis and told through music composed by award-winning songwriter Casey James. The production is written and directed by Ki Gottberg, artistic director of The Merc Playhouse and a drama professor at Seattle University.

Musical tribute to firefighters

A musical tribute to the firefighters lost in the 2015 Twisp River Fire debuted in Seattle on Saturday (March 5). The Central Washington University Men’s Choir performed “Firefighter’s Creed,” an original work by CWU professor of music and renowned composer Vijay Singh. Singh wrote it in honor of firefighters Tom Zbyszewki, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler, who were killed near Twisp in August 2015. To see a video about “Firefighter’s Creed,” go to youtu.be/ET8bmiWTjeA.

Gothard Sisters back in the Methow

The Gothard Sisters, a trio of young women who perform Irish-inspired folk music, dance and storytelling, return to the Methow Valley for a concert on March 26 at the Winthrop Barn. Local violinist Keeley Brooks will also perform.

The Gothard Sisters appeared two years ago at the July 4 Artfest in Twisp. The award-winning performers have become internationally recognized as multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults ($15 at the door), $4 for kids 6 and up, and free for kids under 6. Reserved seating is available in the first three rows for $20 a seat. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com, Riverside Printing in Winthrop and the Methow Arts office in Twisp. Methow Arts provides free tickets to clients of The Cove and Room One at those locations.

Liberty Bell students place at regional art show

Six Liberty Bell High School students won awards at this year’s Regional High School Art Show:

  • Mia Stratman, first place in drawing for “To Feel This Beautiful.”
  • Koharu Yonebayashi and Mackenzie Woodworth, first place in graphic design, for “Pawn’dering Love.”
  • Rowan Post, third place in graphic design, for “The Swing.”
  • Jordyn Rodio, first place in photography, for “The Fall Back on an Undecided Path.”
  • Anna Post, second place in mixed media, for “No Hand Print.”

Chosen to move on to the state show in Olympia, which begins April 4, were the entries by Stratman, Yonebayashi, Woodworth, Rodio and Rowan Post.

Fearon comes to Tonasket

Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band bring their reggae sound to the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket on March 26. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $15, and tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. The show will be preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for cultural center members, $8 for non-members. For more information, call (509) 486‑1328.