Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016-2017 is going to be a phenomenal year for the arts here in Yakima. We absolutely have to mention all the fantastic shows and presentations we have planned for children and adults alike this season at The Capitol Theatre as part of Capitol Kids, Yakima Town Hall Series and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. 

Capitol Kids
Capitol Kids is a youth theatre arts program designed to inspire curiosity and unleash creativity. Our shows are presented by professional touring companies, offering teachers and students with high quality, one-of-a-kind experiences that help kids develop into well-rounded thinkers and problem solvers.
For more information on Capitol Kids contact Carol West at 1.509.853.8000 or by email at

Ifrikya Spirit- October 25, 2016
In Algeria, varied cultures meet, separate and recombine. Eclectic and elemental, Ifrikya Spirit is "a stand-out with a unique sound at the melting point of new composition and instrumental abundance, with messages of peace and inter-African solidarity...” (Algerie Presse Service)
Recommended for Grades 6th and Up

Doktor Kaboom - February 9, 2017
An original interactive science comedy show for audiences of all ages. Join Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.
Recommended for Grades 4th through 8th

Skippyjon Jones - Snow What- March 28-29, 2017
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua of course!
Recommended for Grades pre-K through 3rd

Junie B's Essential Survival Guide To School - May 18, 2017
From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.
Recommended for Grades K through 5th

Town Hall Series
The Yakima Town Hall Series brings entertaining and informative speakers to the Capitol Theater each year.  This year’s offerings have a little something for everyone.

Lara Logan - September 28, 2016
Lara Logan's candid reporting, often from the most dangerous places in the world, has earned her a prominent place among the world's best foreign correspondents. In her current role at 60 Minutes, Logan helps us understand the political and human conflicts around the world, including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, and Egypt.

Peter Sagal - October 26, 2016
As the host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal has captivated news junkies across the country with its lighthearted approach to current events. Bringing his quick wit and mastery of humor, he will inform and entertain us as he shares with us the art of tell-ing a joke, providing insightful, colorful commentary on current events or a behind-the-scenes peek at the funniest show on radio.

Lisa Genova - March 22, 2017
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and award-winning author. Her debut novel Still Alice, and the subsequent movie, is about a Harvard professor who suffers from early onset Alzheimer's disease. Her novels bring humanity, and hopefully understanding, to the science and statistics behind them.

David Epstein - April 19, 2017
Based on his bestselling book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture de-bate and how the relationship between biological endowments and a competitor’s training environment affects athleticism.

Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Whether you are a fan of the classics or more pop inspired sounds, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra has a show for you.  Enjoy the Yakima infused work of classic composers or theme-motivated performances as diverse as they come.  Better yet, see them all! 2016-2017 Season Tickets on sale now! Call (509) 248-1414

-Classical Concepts-

A Baroque Beginning - October 8, 2016
A Baroque Beginning showcases the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. This concert will feature the Yakima debut of Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing the beloved Four Seasons by Vivaldi.

Classical Classics - November 12, 2016
Classical Classics features music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, along with Alexander Kobrin, Gold Medal Winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

The Romantics - February 4, 2017
The Romantics includes Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 and the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin & Cello with John Marshall, principal cellist of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and yours truly playing the solo violin part.

A Brave New World - March 18, 2017
This action-packed program will include Strauss’ “Dance of the Seven Veils” with belly dancers, the Sibelius Violin Concerto featuring YSO Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, a ballet about puppets that we will present with Portland’s Tears of Joy puppet theatre, and the Yakima premiere of our very own Principal Clarinet Angelique Poteat’s Beyond Much Difference.

Opera Night - April 29, 2017
Back by popular demand after The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni , the University of Denver’s Lamont Opera Theatre returns for another spectacular, fully-staged opera production.

The Pinnacle: Beethoven’s 9th - May 13, 2017
The greatest and most influential symphony of all time…Beethoven 9, featuring the Yakima Symphony Chorus and our new Chorusmaster Justin Raffa.

-Pop Concerts-

Classical Mystery Tour - September 17, 2016
Kick off the 2016-17 season with the world’s premier Beatles tribute show!

Halloween Spooktacular - October 29, 2016
A Halloween-themed matinee concert for the whole family, with costume contests and special surprises!

Christmas Pops Spectacular - December 3 & 4, 2016
YSO’s annual holiday concert has become so popular that we’ve added an extra performance!

John Williams – 85th Birthday Celebration - February 25, 2017
A birthday tribute to the king of film music, with favorite themes from Star Wars, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and much more!

Sports Orchestrated - April 8, 2017
Music drawn from the world of sports, including themes from the Olympics and World Cup, films such as Rocky and Chariots of Fire, and music inspired by sports as diverse as horse racing, baseball and archery.

We hope you are just as excited as we are for the entertainment and talent hitting our stage this season. Get your tickets today and make the arts in Yakima a family affair.

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