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Opera expert will preview upcoming show

Norm Hollingshead will give a preview lecture on Vashon Opera’s upcoming production of “Werther” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Library. This lecture follows his preview of Seattle Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffman.”

“Werther” is based on Goethe’s iconic novel, “The Sorrows of Young Werther.” The score tells the story of Werther, a sensitive young artist in love with Charlotte, who is duty-bound to fulfill her dying mother’s wish that she marry another man. In growing desperation, Werther ends this impossible love with his death. Jules Massenet’s emotionally vivid music illuminates the complex psychology of its troubled protagonists.

Vashon Opera will present a cast of professional opera stars, featuring Wesley Rogers as Werther, Melina Pyron as Charlotte, Barry Johnson as Le Bailli, Courtney Ruckman as Sophie, and Ryan Bede as Albert. There will also be a chamber orchestra and children’s chorus.

“Werther” is directed and conducted by Jim Brown and will be sung in French with English subtitles. It will open at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, and there will be with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, both at Bethel Church.

Reduced-rate tickets for students and families are $15 for the dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Individual tickets are $32.

Tickets are on sale at Vashon Bookshop and online at

Ensemble plays baroque music on period instruments

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will return to Bethel Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

Harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright, viola da gambist Susie Napper and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan will present Simphonie, a program of well-known baroque trio sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean Philippe Rameau, Jean-Marie Leclair, Francois Couperin and Jean-Henri D’Anglebert.

This ensemble — previously known as the Seattle Baroque Trio — was one of the first to represent the Seattle early music scene in Europe three decades ago.

Tickets are by suggested donation of $15 or $20 and free for those 18 and under.

Publish the Quest returns from world tour

Publish the Quest, a band with deep Vashon roots and worldwide recognition as both a musical and philanthropic force, is coming home for a show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike.

Publish The Quest blends groove music melodies with vocally driven compositions that question social issues through storytelling. Working with the nonprofit Learn Africa, the band made recent trips to Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Mali, Poland, Portugal and Spain to perform in music festivals and other venues.

After three years of traveling, recording and collaborating, Publish the Quest just released its full-length album “A Thousand Kinds of Gold!” which they recorded in Seattle, Zimbabwe, Mali and Nigeria.

The album features Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Vieux Farka Toure, Nneka, Edith WeUtonga Katiji, Jeff DeMelle, Caleb Cunningham, Mark Oi, Mike Marlatt, Bill Jones, Matt Chamberlain, Izaak Mills and others.

Due to the popularity of this band, early arrival is recommended. Tickets are $8 at the door. All ages are welcome until 11 p.m., then 21 and older only.

Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays will bring jazz standards to the Bike

Delilah Pearl & The Mantarays will bring the rhythm and romance of 1940s vocal jazz and swing standards to the Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Influenced by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Lady Day, Delilah Pearl emulates classic sultry ballads with her soulful, wide ranging and flexible voice.

The Mantarays include Dodd Johnson on drums, Michael Whitmore on guitar, Greg Dember on piano and Toliver Goering on bass. Also featured with the band will be special guests Diane Krouse on saxophone and Barry Cooper on trumpet.

Islanders Rebekah Kuzma and Andy James will open the show. Kuzma and James sing with shades of the Everly Brothers, the Swell Season and other harmony duos. Expect music from England, Italy, Appalachia and their record collections.

This free show is open to all ages until 11 p.m., then 21 and older after that.

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