Arts Briefs | Jan. 5 edition

Vashon Repertory Theatre will take the stage for “Sweeney Todd,” and Jovino Santos Neto will perform in concert.

“Simply Sondheim” Concert

The cast of Vashon Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of “Sweeney Todd” will take the stage to perform a benefit concert for the show, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

The concert will feature some of Vashon’s most beloved theater artists, performing from the songbook of Stephen Sondheim, who, of course, wrote the music and lyrics for “Sweeney Todd” as well as many other shows now considered to be masterworks of musical theater.

The concert, “Simply Sondheim,” will include favorites from Sondheim’s “Into The Woods,” “Sunday In The Park with George,” “Follies” and, of course, “Sweeney Todd.”

Hosted by Voice of Vashon standouts Jeff Hoyt and Jeannie Dougherty, “Sweeney Todd” cast members Stephanie Murray (Mrs. Lovett), Bradley J. Thomas (Sweeney Todd), Arlette Moody (Beggar Woman), and others will perform.

The evening includes a silent auction, wine from Palouse Winery, and beer from Camp Colvos.

It’s the best of Broadway, right on Vashon, for only $35 per person. Tickets are limited and available now at

All proceeds go to Vashon Repertory Theatre, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

For more information about the production of “Sweeney Todd,” to be presented Feb. 17-26, at Vashon Center for the Arts, visit and

Concert and talk by Brazilian master

Jovino Santos Neto, a top Brazilian musician, will perform in concert, along with bassist Alex Dyring and drummer Mark Ivester, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Santos Neto is a master pianist, composer, arranger, flutist, and player of a multitude of other instruments including the melodica and the accordion. Currently based in Seattle, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. Santos Neto is a three-time Latin Grammy nominee (2004, 2006 and 2009) and has had his compositions performed by many ensembles, big bands and orchestras worldwide.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Santos Neto will talk about his experience as a biologist and a musician, connecting musical concepts of harmony, melody and rhythm with the basic structure of living beings, using trees as specific examples.

The talk will explore how relationships between notes and rhythms follow the same basic patterns that shape everything in the universe, from black holes to the form of our DNA.

Purchase tickets to both the concert and the talk at