National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine

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National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, the internationally renowned “live magazine,” makes its Benaroya Hall debut in a one-night-only evening of live journalism. Featuring a fascinating cast of renowned storytellers, from the worlds of film, print, audio, photography and more.

Pop-Up Magazine works with Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, popular radio and podcast voices, and internationally known artists to perform thrilling stories at large theaters across the nation. This unique, collaborative edition of Pop-Up Magazine is being produced specifically for fans who share National Geographic’s legendary fascination with the world around us. It will feature a mix of multimedia stories from Pop-Up Magazine and National Geographic contributors accompanied by an original live score performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra.

Presented in partnership with the Seattle Symphony. Photo by Erin Brethauer/Pop-Up Magazine

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Monday, 30 April, 2018 7:30PM

Angélique Kidjo's REMAIN IN LIGHT

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Critically acclaimed, three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today. In her latest project, Kidjo reimagines The Talking Heads’ classic album, Remain in Light. Released in 1980, Remain in Light was a revolution of pop music innovation, pushing sonic boundaries with sampled and looped grooves inspired by legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Kidjo, who is herself from Benin, explains: “As Remain in Light was influenced by the music of my continent, I want to pay back the homage and create my own African take on Talking Heads’ songs." The album demonstrates that both the Talking Heads and producer Brian Eno experimented with African polyrhythms while simultaneously drawing lyrical inspiration from African academic literature.

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Wednesday, 2 May, 2018 7:30PM

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

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The set list for Alan Cumming’s new concert show is as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Alan himself! Legal Immigrant, a collection of musings on his ten years as a US citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America (regardless of your prefix) begins with a show-stopping opening of Kander & Ebb’s The Singer, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends and Not A Day Goes By from Merrily we Roll Along then Losing My Mind from Follies - all combined into one American musical theatre giants’ mash up!

The show continues in a style Alan calls ‘a true old-fashioned cabaret, a smorgasbord of genres, styles and tales; laughter, tears and, of course, provocation!’ He will cover songs made famous by female musical legends as diverse as Pink, Edith Piaf, Adele and Marlene Dietrich. Ever wanted to hear Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song? You will! Cole Porter will make an appearance, as will Scottish treasures Robert Burns and the Proclaimers, and there might even be a Disney Princess medley sung without a drop of irony. The evening will end with Cumming inviting the audience to sing along with him to one of America’s best known and, in his opinion, most maligned anthems!

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Thursday, 3 May, 2018 7:30PM

Vivaldi & Handel Arias & Concertos

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Italian opera still rouses uncommon awe and passion, just as it did in Vivaldi’s Venice and Handel’s London. These composers maximized the vocal thrills in an age when opera stars were like rock gods!

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Friday, 4 May, 2018 8:00PM

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Saturday, 5 May, 2018 8:00PM

Romeo & Juliet

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Children and adults alike will be spellbound by the powerful music of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet which tells the story of Shakespeare’s most famous star-crossed lovers.

Classical KING FM Family Concerts are designed for ages 5 to 12. Come early for pre-concert activities in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, featuring crafts and instrument exploration.

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Saturday, 5 May, 2018 11:00AM

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