Best Bets: Sehome students play at benefit


Grammy-winning Bellingham pianist David Lanz will play at the Ten Grands Seattle benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.


Students play an integral role in the annual Ten Grands Seattle benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. Students perform as guest artists, benefit from concert proceeds, and volunteer at a post-concert event to honor military veterans.

Two students from Sehome High, Shannon Davies and Shae Wirth, will be among those on stage for the concert to raise money for music education.

The young artists will appear with featured pianists, including Ten Grands founder and artistic director Michael Allen Harrison, and Grammy-winning Bellingham pianist David Lanz. Students also will perform in the lobby starting at 6 p.m., an hour before the concert.

Tickets, $42 to $120, are available at, through the Seattle Symphony's iPhone and Android apps, and by calling the symphony's ticket office, 206-215-4747.


Electronic music students from Western Washington University and University of Montana will collaborate in a concert featuring interactive computers, video, and mobile devices at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Western's Performing Arts Center, room 16.

Aside from standard instruments and computers, some works will employ Kinect controllers, a Wiimote (inside a ball), iPads, iPods, iPhones, and Computer Vision.

"This event is always entertaining and enlightening for the participants and audience alike," says Bruce Hamilton, WWU's electroacoustic music studio director. "The creative music tech programs at both schools are open-ended and there's a similar exploration of sound and hybrid genres at work, but it's interesting to see and hear different approaches to harnessing the myriad possibilities in this expanding field."


Skagit County Historical Museum presents its annual Historic Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Edison area, with 11 stops in all.

The tour features an eclectic mix of homes and structures in the historic town of Edison, including Victorian homes, a church that is now a private residence, and a telephone exchange building that is now a gallery.

Edison restaurants are offering special discounts the day of the tour, and people can stay in town for the Skagit Art Escape gallery walk from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tour tickets are $15 advance, $20 the day of the event, available at The Farmhouse, Gretchen's, Christianson's Nursery, Stowe's, Smith & Vallee Gallery, and the museum. Details: 360-466-3365 or

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