Arts Briefs | Sept. 14 edition

Marriage of Figaro, The Manhattan Transfer, a book reading, and more.

Marriage of Figaro

Vashon Opera will present Mozart’s masterpiece, “The Marriage of Figaro,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA), bringing a constellation of regional, national and local stars to the timeless opera.

Find out more about the distinguished company of singers, and get tickets for “The Marriage of Figaro,” as well as Vashon Opera’s 2024 spring production, “Romeo and Juliet,” at

Chopin at Kay White Hall

Mark and Jonathan Salman, renowned piano and cello artists, respectively, will perform a concert of music by Frédéric Chopin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at VCA. Find out more and get tickets at

The Manhattan Transfer

Join Grammy-winning group, The Manhattan Transfer, for an evening of melodic and dynamic jazz and pop at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at VCA. Get tickets at

Irish fiddle duo

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Vashon Havurah will welcome a stellar Irish fiddle duo — Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen, hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. Their playing is steeped in the lifelong study of the Irish musical tradition and is at the same time colored by their American roots.

The pair have developed a distinctive style of twin fiddling, sometimes playing in taut unison, sometimes exploring chordal harmonies and rhythmic and melodic variations. They will be joined by Brian Miller on guitar.

For a reservation, contact Jan Strolle at 206-228-0730 or Donations of $20 to $25 are appreciated. The Vashon Havurah is located at 1501 Westside Highway SW.

Book reading

In his recently published new book, “The Breathable Body: Transforming Your World and Your Life, One Breath at a Time,” islander Robert Litman shares the insights and practices he has discovered over more than 30 years as a breathing and movement educator.

Two book readings and signings will take place at a private home on Vashon at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Seating is limited, please call the host, Patti Hanmer, at 1-206-819-5420 to make a reservation.

“This loving book comes from the heart of the love of a daring explorer of the mysteries of the body,” said Lorin Roche, author of The Radiance Sutras. “Open anywhere and be reminded how delicious it can be to simply take a breath.”

For more than 30 years, Robert Litman has guided artists, musicians, health professionals, athletes, activists, asthmatics, and countless others to restore healthy breathing rhythms, structural alignment, and coordinated movement.

The book, published by Hay House, can be purchased from independent bookstores and online retailers. Visit to find out more.

Correction: The date of a concert by Irish fiddle duo Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen was mistakenly listed in the print edition of this article and a previous online edition. The concert takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 26. We regret the error.