Arnaldo, a celebrated drag chanteuse, will offer a night of song, live-streamed by VCA (Courtesy Photo).

Arnaldo, a celebrated drag chanteuse, will offer a night of song, live-streamed by VCA (Courtesy Photo).

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Vashon Center for the Arts will continue its shift to online presentations with upcoming shows.

Vashon Center for the Arts will continue its shift to online presentations with upcoming shows including a music history talk and performance on June 14, followed by a cabaret act by a celebrated drag chanteuse on June 20.

Both shows are part of a shift by VCA to live stream events taking place in real-time inside its Kay White Hall, filmed by a camera crew practicing social distances from the performers.

Celebrate Beethoven’s early years

The first show, a music history talk by Michael Tracy with performances by the father-sons trio of Mark, Benjamin and Jonathan Salman, will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, and be accessible through vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Mark (the father) and Benjamin are celebrated concert pianists, while Jonathan is a cellist of rising renown.

Tracy’s talk and virtuoso performances by the Salman family will explore Beethoven’s early years, from 1770 to 1802 — a prolific time span when the young composer created many major compositions that are still performed on concert stages throughout the world.

The trio has performed at the Kay White before, in association with Tracy’s lecture series.

“It is not that unusual to find children of musicians playing music,” Tracy said in a recent interview. “What’s unusual is them playing together. They know each other’s playing intimately, so you get a level of detail and emotion that you typically don’t get with musicians who don’t know each other.”

There is a $10 suggested donation to view Tracy’s talk and the performances. Find out more at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Arnaldo! Is here to celebrate Pride

A fixture on the Seattle cabaret scene and beyond, Arnaldo will bring his celebrated “drag chanteuse” act to Vashon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, in a performance live-streamed from VCA, accessible at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

The glitzy performance, in recognition of Pride Month, will boast Arnaldo’s trademark covers of songs by some of his most favorite divas.

Arnaldo! started as a soloist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and has performed with the group in major concert halls in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

In 1999, he began his solo cabaret shows in Seattle’s Capitol Hill and has since performed this cabaret act in Portland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, New York and Manila.

In 2007, Arnaldo has his New York cabaret debut and in 2008, was honored with a New York Backstage Bistro Award. After his 2014 Manila debut, he received a “Most Innovative Concert Artist” in Manila award. And in 2016, Arnaldo! was presented by The Filipino Community of Seattle with a Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting culture & the arts.

Along the way, there have been accolades from critics.

Milton Hamlin, Seattle Gay New music critic, called him “a gender illusionist of the highest rank,” and John Hoglund, “After Dark” critic, called the drag diva “the real deal in a world where prejudices and quick judgments are too often the norm.”


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