Friday, February 15, 2008

Rick Steves Travels to Chorus Country?

Steves Joins Seattle Men’s Chorus for Four Special Performances

PBS’ travel guru Rick Steves steps out of TV-land for four live performances with the Seattle Men’s Chorus in their aptly titled Spring concert, A Foreign Affaire. Together Rick and the Chorus guide the audience on a virtual tour across Europe through cleverly coordinated travel tales, visual montages, folk songs, classical music, and contemporary hits. SMC artistic director Dennis Coleman is planning a full roster of rousing songs from popular European destinations; and Rick Steves integrates footage from his hit shows while tossing in a few charming anecdotes—some a bit too (eh hem) “charming” for prime time TV.

Where: In Seattle: McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

When: Sat., 3/29/08 - 8pm (Seattle – McCaw Hall)

Sun., 3/30/08 - 2pm (Seattle – McCaw Hall)

Tickets: Seattle: Tickets On Sale 2/23/08 $15-$57

Box Office: 206.388.1400 Mon-Fri Noon-7 pm


Fun and freedom are what it’s all about. Numerous musical montages explore different aspects of European travel. One section, set against Sir Noel Coward’s Why do the Wrong People Travel? depicts one hilarious travel faux-pas after another. European works of art are re-created in tableaux vivant against a backdrop of songs composed in their honor. And dozens of classic European-themed songs from Broadway and film are woven throughout the show. From Istanbul to Wonderful Copenhagen, Monty Python to ABBA, A Foreign Affaire will be part travelogue and part political commentary. As a participant in the Song of Peace project, Seattle Men’s Chorus will include Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) as part of the performance. In a coordinated effort, thousands – or even millions – of voices will loudly proclaim that peace in our world is of fundamental importance. The Song of Peace project,, continues throughout the month of March which also marks the fifth anniversary of the US entering Iraq.

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