Thrilling! Wildly exciting! “I just didn’t realize!” were some of the superlatives heard following Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) Season Preview Event Thursday evening hosted by the ECA Board of Directors and emceed by Joe McIalwain, ECA executive director.
The event kicked off with a front lobby complimentary reception of coffee, tea and cookies, after which the board and ECA staff showcased the talent for the 2014-2015 ECA season in a dazzling video produced by NW Video Edge.
Among the well-known talent who will be visiting Edmonds to perform at the ECA over the next 12 months are Joan Baez, world-renowned folk singer and social justice activist; Jesse Cook, Canadian guitarist and “nuevo flamenco” innovator; and the ridiculously funny “Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo” with their spoof of classic ballet, plus a host of varied and spectacular acts.
In his remarks, McIalwain said that the “broad array of artists was by design, intended to bring to Edmonds a world of entertainment.”
With the mission being “to strengthen and enhance our community through the arts” he noted ECA’s success in bringing children to an appreciation of the arts through the ECA education outreach program which just this month included Australian storyteller, Paul Taylor’s “No Worries Mate!” a program that affords school children the opportunity to paint and then perform on their own didjeridoo. Taylor’s program for school children is featured on his website http://www.paultaylor.ws
Coming up in November for youngsters in the 2014-2015 season is the Super Scientific Circus “proving that science can be fun!” This delightful education matinee is featured here.
McIalwain invited the enthusiastic 75-member audience to “take a chance on a show [or performer] you may not be familiar with!”
After awing the attendees with the Season Preview video, current full season subscribers were invited onto the main stage, which was set up bistro style. ECA Lighting Director Dan Thoreson “tickled the ivories” as attendees gathered to chat and express their enthusiasm for the upcoming season.
Besides single-ticket offerings for over thirty upcoming events, ECA offers full season subscriber packages; plus 8-show and 5-show subscriber packs.
For information on subscriber show-packs, or single tickets – or to become a full season subscriber contact the ECA ticket office at 425-275-9595 or visit them online at www.EC4arts.org.
–By Emily Hill