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November I  December 2017



November and December bring us a variety of events and Holiday favorites!

This is the last weekend for the Pacific Northwest Opera’s brilliant production of the Tales of Hoffmann. Other events this month include local favorite Kuinka with tsisters, the BIG  short One Act Festival and A Musical Thanksgiving – a concert of varied music featuring the Sakgit Community Band and the Skagit Valley College Choirs. Get your tickets today!

Any young people in your life? High School and Skagit Valley College students may attend McIntyre Hall Presents performances FREE (while supplies last).

Call the McIntyre Hall Box Office, 360.416.7727 ext. 2 or visit us at: www.mcintyrehall.org


November I December Events




Pacific Northwest Opera

Friday, November 3  |  7:30PM

Sunday, November 5  | 3:00PM


This season Pacific Northwest Opera presents

two of the most famous and beloved melodies in

the opera world: the Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffmann and “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot.

Both operas are based on collections of fantastical tales and both were the final operas

of prolific composers, neither of whom lived to

see their operas produced French composer, Jacques Offenbach, noted morefor his

sparkling operettas, based The Tales of

Hoffman on three fantastical stories (“tales”) by

German Romantic poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, author

of “The Nutcracker”. Offenbach’s music, both intensely witty and intensely dramatic, is the

perfect vehicle to present the Romantic, richly imaginative world of the storyteller E.T.A. Hoffmann, combining fantasy, gravity and comedy.

Sung in French with English supertitles.

Free pre-performance lecture 45 minutes prior to the show. Learn about the performance, history, costumes, and more.





KUINKA with TSisters


McIntyre Hall Presents

Friday, November 10 | 7:30PM

“Joyous folk pop” ~ NPR Music

“Seraphic vocals bookended by ukulele, cello & heavy percussion will leave you feeling giddy & glad to be alive.” ~ The Stranger

A reinvention rather than a refutation, the name Kuinka comes from the Finnish for “how”; how does a band bristling with spirited creativity  continue to evolve artistically and challenge themselves while staying true to their own roots?

For Kuinka, the answer comes in the form of letting go: a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative love of songwriting and shared experience, regardless of genre or instrumentation.

Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came together in 2014 to form a unique breed of string band; one proudly defiant of preconceived notions of what fits under the label ‘Americana’. Their 2014 debut The Wild North, which propelled the band out of the woods and on to stages across the country, was followed by their 2016 breakout LP The Heartland. The songs on their forthcoming release Stay Up Late ring with the vibrancy of exploration and discovery. “We’ve spent our time as a band in pursuit of a unique sound that captures our energy and essence” says Zickler. “… We’d love for our music to be a soundtrack to adventure. The change represents finding your way, for both us and our


Kuinka – Warsaw (Official Video)


This program is made possible in part by the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.





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Mount Vernon, WA 98273



Owner, head chef and native Italian Alberto Candivi offers his guests an incredible menu of European cuisine, reflecting the passion for ‘good food and good company’ that his homeland is known for. Having earned the reputation as the Skagit Valley’s best authentic Italian restaurant, Il Granaio incorporates the flavors of fresh, local ingredients into traditional Italian recipes. Including ravioli and gelato made in house. Complementing the menu is a full bar and extensive winelist, including over 150 handpicked west coast and Italian selections.




Skagit Valley College Drama Department

Friday, November 17  |  7:30PM

Saturday, November 18  | 7:30PM

Three student directed contemporary one act plays will showcase the creativity of student directors, actors and designers. The student led showcase will present fresh, poignant, funny and thought-provoking plays that will entertain and astound. The student directors are Drama Department scholarship recipients who work together to audition, rehearse and prepare the productions.





Skagit Valley College Music Department

Sunday, November 19  | 2:00PM

A matinée concert of varied music featuring the Skagit Community Band and the Skagit Valley College Choirs.





Mount Vernon High School Instrumental Music Department

 Tuesday, November 21  | 7:00PM

The Mount Vernon High School Instrumental Department opens their season with a concert of varied works for band and orchestra that will not

disappoint. Come listen to our award winning students kick off the season in style. Students perform in a wide variety of ensembles including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and more.

New this year – tickets are general admission and Pay What You Wish – so please be sure to get your tickets early!





Skagit Valley Academy of Dance

Friday, December 1  | 7:30PM   

Saturday, December 2  | 7:30PM   

Sunday, December 3  | 2:00PM

Reserved Seating   

Skagit Valley Academy of Dance celebrates their 28th annual performance of “The Nutcracker”.

This long standing family tradition has become a

MUST SEE holiday treat to countless ballet and

Nutcracker enthusiasts. You too, can experience the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s musical creation and the wonders of Clara’s magical journey through the glorious Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets.





Northwest Ballet Theater

Saturday, December 9  | 7:30PM   

Sunday, December 10  | 2:00PM

Reserved Seating

Lyrical and enchanting, mesmerizing and magical, The Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition around the world. Founder and Artistic Director of Northwest Ballet Theater, John Bishop brings his special Nutcracker based on the original Russian ballet version where it was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892. Northwest Ballet’s production features beautiful

choreography, backdrops painted in Russia, and costumes made in New York City.





Mount Vernon High School Choral Music

Tuesday, December 14  | 4:00PM & 7:00PM  

A not to be missed Holiday concert of exciting choral works from the Mount Vernon High School Choirs. The program features gospel, carols, classical works, and other holiday favorites.

Under the direction of Jesus Gomez, students perform in a variety of ensembles including Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, and Synergy.

New this year – tickets are general admission and Pay What You Wish – so please be sure to get your tickets early!




Skagit Valley Chorale


Friday, December 15  | 7:30PM   

Sunday, December 17  | 2:00PM

Tickets: Reserved Seating $16 – $25

Seniors, Students, Military & Groups $14

We will continue the journey begun in 2016 as we explore Christmas and winter-themed music from many different lands and traditions. Our travel through world-wide styles and languages will include the rhythms of South America in the colorful Misa Criolla or “Creole Mass” by renowned Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez. Special guest percussionist Patrick Roulet will return, with his endless bag of fun rhythmic instruments from all over the world, to help us on our jaunty way. We’ll learn about other places on this journey, and then return home to songs that are close to our hearts.



HOLIDAY CONCERT ~ Shining Lights of the Holidays

Fidalgo Youth Symphony


Saturday, December 16  | 1:00PM  

Treasured melodies from many cultures and traditions are brought to light by the musicians of Fidalgo Youth Symphony!

Hear the songs immigrants brought with them,

enriching our culture with amazing varieties of sound and delight. Young performers will capture and share the essence of celebration. Featured: Brass choir, Woodwind Ensemble, and String Orchestra.





Skagit Symphony

Saturday, December 16  |  7:30PM  

Reserved Seating

Seasonal traditions highlight our Holiday Concert

featuring the Skagit Symphony Chorus in selected choruses from Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. With selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the program also includes favorite seasonal carols and the ever-popular audience caroling with the orchestra.


Messiah Overture and Choral Selections, by George Frideric Handel

A Christmas Festival, by Leroy Anderson

Selections from The Nutcracker by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Concert Caroling 5 (sing-along) arr. by Roupen Shakarian

Please join Skagit Symphony’s Music Director Roupen Shakarian for the pre-concert lecture in the concert hall at 6:45 pm.   





Bronn Journey

Thursday, December 21  |  7:30PM  

Back by popular demand!

Over the past 36 years, the Journeys have entertained audiences across the country – and we very happy the Journeys will return for their second “last” concert at McIntyre Hall.

The concert will feature traditional songs celebrating the Christmas season performed on the harp by Bronn, with Katherine joining in song.




McIntyre Hall Performing Arts & Conference Center

Box Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday Noon – 4pm

360.416.7727 | mcintyrehall.org

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