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With influences from salsa, R&B, Chicano Rock, Mexican musica ranchera, and international pop, Quetzal brings musical stories of culture, politics, and humanity to the Main Stage this fall.

From lush ballads to barn-burning Jarocho Rock songs with unstoppable zapateado (foot stomping), the Grammy award-winning group has graced stages around the world for nearly three decades.

Quetzal was founded in the 1990s by guitarist Quetzal Flores and an ensemble of talented musicians, bolstered by the powerhouse vocals and songwriting of Dr. Martha Gonzales. Quetzal emerged out of a particularly contentious time during the 1990s, spurred by events like the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, the 1994 Proposition 187 campaign (to deny medical and public services to undocumented immigrants and public education to undocumented children), and the Zapatista insurrection in Mexico. The group of Artivists began to use music as a creative expression of voice for marginalized people, resistance to conditions of oppression, and as a proactive response to the problems impacting communities in East L.A.

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Colorful, culturally-diverse violin compositions

Philharmonia Northwest invites us to their dazzling season opener “Prismatic Colors,” a celebration of musical colors from various cultural backgrounds and eras. Soloist Amber Archibald performs the Carl Stamitz’s vibrant Viola Concerto in D Major Op.1, along with Edward Elgar’s melodic Serenade for Strings, Gabriela Lena Frank’s Peruvian-inspired Five Scenes, and Béla Bartók’s rousing Romanian Folk Dances

Amber Archibald is a violinist who has played around in the Puget Sound area since 2008, including performances with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and several chamber music opportunities. She has taught at Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University and now lives in Texas, where her career continues with solo engagements, chamber music, and a robust teaching career.

Philharmonia Northwest contributes to the vitality of the classical music community in the Pacific Northwest through professional-level concerts that highlight the diverse past and present repertoire for chamber orchestra. It is dedicated to promoting local composers and performers, and its outreach programs educate and inspire musicians and audiences of all ages.

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Seattle Center Festál
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Seattle Center Festál presents Turkfest in partnership with the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA). The festival boasts a lively marketplace, food, music, dance, and more.

Turkfest is an annual cultural festival in Seattle, whose mission is to foster friendship, to highlight the diversity and richness of Turkish culture and Turkish speaking countries, and cooperate throughout the greater community by organizing educational, entertaining, and engaging cultural programs that celebrate Turkish and Turkic cultures and heritage.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Town Hall is proud to partner with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle for its twelfth mainstage season presenting concerts of original music inspired by literature. Each event showcases a lineup of local, professional musicians and artists each offering a fresh response to that evening’s source text, plus extras like an audience quiz, short film, or scholarly introduction. Book choices range from whimsical to solemn, classic to contemporary, and most every place in between.

This event will feature original music and art inspired by Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch.

For Sunny, 12-years-old and albino, her arrival in Nigeria from America was shocking enough—until she discovers herself smack in the middle of a world of indescribable magic.

Akata Witch is a spectacular tale of a young woman coming to power in a truly global environment.” –Ms. Magazine

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Seattle Center Festál
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Seattle Center Festál presents Turkfest in partnership with the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA). The festival boasts a lively marketplace, food, music, dance, and more.

Turkfest is an annual cultural festival in Seattle, whose mission is to foster friendship, to highlight the diversity and richness of Turkish culture and Turkish speaking countries, and cooperate throughout the greater community by organizing educational, entertaining, and engaging cultural programs that celebrate Turkish and Turkic cultures and heritage.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Seattle Indian Health Board
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Seattle Center Festál presents Indigenous People Festival in partnership with Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB). The festival provides a venue for Native people to celebrate their unique cultures through song, dance, performances, art, food, and the sharing of indigenous knowledge.

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Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle
Seattle, WA
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Seattle Center Festál
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Diwali (Festival of Lights) is a major cultural celebration observed throughout India every fall. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. During Diwali in India, houses and business locations are brightly illuminated with lamps, diyas (oil lamps), and candles. Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, is worshiped for prosperity. Diwali is celebrated with families and friends, wearing new clothes, partaking in family feasts, enjoying delicious sweets, sharing gifts and most importantly, setting off firecrackers!

Seattle Center Festál presents Diwali: Lights of India in partnership with Northwest Share. This year’s virtual festival features music, dance, visual art, martial arts, a cooking demonstration and more.

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Seattle Center Festál
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The Hmong people are an ethnic group who have maintained their own language, customs and ways of life, while adopting the ways of the country they live in, since the Hmong do not have a country of their own. The Hmong New Year Celebration was created to give thanks to ancestors and welcome a new beginning. This is the biggest festive holiday celebrated where Hmong communities exist. Traditionally, this celebration lasts for ten days, but has been shortened in the U.S. Everyone dresses in traditional Hmong clothing and enjoy traditional food, dance and music. One very popular part of the Hmong New Year is, ‘Pov Pob’ tossing ball between two people, a form of courtship

Seattle Center Festál presents Hmong New Year Celebration in partnership with Hmong Association of Washington (HAW). The festival celebrates the end of the harvest season with intricate clothing, dance, food, and more.

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HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

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