Summer series: If you are a performer or are part of a musical group looking for gigs, you can apply to the City of Edmonds Arts Commission to be part of a new summer concert series and participate in one-hour performances in downtown Edmonds. The city already has a Summer Concerts in the Park series which are held at 3 p.m. Sundays in July and August. But this year the arts commission is adding something new -- a series of mini concerts at the Hazel Miller Plaza. The plaza is at Fifth Avenue South and Maple Street in downtown Edmonds. The mini series is planned for six Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and six Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in July and August. Appropriate music for the Hazel Miller Plaza is family-oriented tunes that are preferably acoustic or with minimal amplification; the plaza is a small outdoor area with a raised performance area at one end of the plaza. To apply, submit a letter of interest with your name and contact information, and any promotional material you might have and samples of your music. Send the packet to: Edmonds Arts Commission, Concert Coordinator, 700 Main St., Edmonds, WA 98020. Send all submissions by Jan. 11.
Rick Steves concert: Tickets are limited to the screening of travel expert Rick Steves' upcoming special, "Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey," but may still be available. The first screening sold out; the second one begins at 9 p.m. Jan. 7 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds. It was taped before a live audience at ECA, where Steves teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra to illustrate how music has the power to stir patriotic emotions. Tickets are free. Reserve a seat by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595. The public television special will air at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 on KCTS Channel 9.
Cricket and Snail: 7 p.m. Jan. 6, Our Savior's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 215 Mukilteo Blvd., Everett; free will offering; Cricket and Snail is a violin and accordion duo who will perform a blend of classical and early 20th century and folk music styles. For more information, call 425-252-0413.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Concert Series: 2531 Hoyt Ave, Everett; 425-252-3757; free, but a free will offering will be collected; all ages welcome.
Evergreen State Quartet: A sweet southern gospel blend interwoven with personal testimonies, congregational hymn singing and inspirational storytelling; 6 p.m. Feb. 3.
Halden Toy at the Pipe Organ: He has performed for a national audience on NPR and played the Mormon Tabernacle organ and the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University; 6 p.m. April 14.
Seattle Symphony: Benaroya Hall's Taper auditorium, 200 University St., Seattle; 206-215-4747; www.seattlesymphony.org.
Rachmaninov Festival 2: Ludovic Morlot, conductor; Denis Kozhukhin, piano; Alexander Lubyantsev, piano; Rachmaninov: "Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40"; Rachmaninov: "Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30;" 8 p.m. Jan. 5. Tickets start at $19.
Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1: Jun Markl, conductor; HJ Lim, piano; Stravinsky: "Suite from Pulcinella"; Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25; Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Tickets start at $19.
Stravinsky & Mozart: Jun Markl, conductor; Stravinsky: "Suite from Pulcinella"; Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543; this is a Symphony Untuxed concert with earlier start time, a preconcert happy hour and no intermission; 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Tickets start at $17.
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