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Join Marcie Sillman and your fellow listeners for KUOW's Front Row Center. See a show together, then meet up for great conversation afterwards.

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Front Row Center 2017-2018 Season

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Join KUOW’s Marcie Sillman as she pulls back the curtain on the creative process, giving participants a glimpse of why and how an artist creates work, and we hope, a greater appreciation for the rich and diverse cultural community in our region. 

Never miss a show! Sign up for the Front Row Center e-newsletter to receive exclusive offers to spectacular performances and exhibitions.

Join Front Row Center at 'Howl's Moving Castle'

Nov 15, 2017

Join Marcie Sillman for the fourth Front Row Center of our 2017-2018 season at Book-It Repertory Theatre's "Howl's Moving Castle" on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. 

Join Front Row Center at 'Her Story'

Oct 23, 2017
Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet/Angela Sterling

Join Marcie Sillman for the third Front Row Center of our 2017-2018 season at Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Her Story" on Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.

"Her Story" stages the American premiere of the piece "Plot Point," created by Crystal Pite. Set to music from Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho," it contrasts figures presented in familiar narratives with counterparts of fierce physicality.

Join Front Row Center at 'The Crucible'

Sep 20, 2017

Join Marcie Sillman for the second Front Row Center event of our 2017-2018 Season at "The Crucible."

"The Crucible" is Arthur Miller’s powerful and classic play about the Salem witch trials. Religion, conspiracy, witchcraft, and lust fuel this passionate play about shame and morality as paranoia becomes strong enough to poison a whole town. This stirring story of the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. 

Join Front Row Center at 'The Odyssey'

Aug 16, 2017

Join Marcie Sillman for the first Front Row Center of our 2017-2018 Season at "The Odyssey."

The production will feature 100 Seattle citizens alongside professional actors and regional performance groups to create the beautiful and dangerous world of "The Odyssey." 

Join KUOW's Marcie Sillman and your fellow listeners for Front Row Center at Book-It Repertory Theatre's Welcome to Braggsville on Saturday, June 17. Enjoy the performance, then stay afterwards for a talk with Josh Aaseng and Daemond Arrindell. 

Join Front Row Center at 'Approaching Ecstasy'

May 8, 2017

Join KUOW's Marcie ​Sillman for the seventh Front Row Center of our 2016-2017 season at Whim W'Him's "Approaching Ecstasy" on Saturday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.

"Approaching Ecstasy" features choreography from Whim W'Him artistic director Olivier Wevers in collaboration with Eric Banks and The Esoterics. It incorporates 33 singers, five instrumentalists and seven dancers. 

Join KUOW at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Feb 21, 2017

Join Marcie Sillman for the sixth Front Row Center of our 2016-2017 season at Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Director's Choice" on Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Join KUOW at Seattle Shakespeare Company

Jan 20, 2017

Join Marcie Sillman for the fifth Front Row Center of our 2016-2017 season at Seattle Shakespeare Company’s "Bring Down the House" on Sunday, February 12.

Join KUOW at the Seattle Symphony

Jan 9, 2017
Brandon Patoc

Join Marcie Sillman for the fourth Front Row Center of our 2016-2017 season at the Seattle Symphony's Emanuel Ax Beethoven Emperor on Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m.

This concert features Beethoven's epic “Emperor” Concerto, played by world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax. The concert also features Charles Ives' "New England Holidays," accompanied by visual illustrations created by residents from three nonprofits serving the homeless community, along with poetry by Claudia Castro Luna. Stay after the performance for a conversation moderated by KUOW's Marcie Sillman with Music Director Ludovic Morlot.

As a Front Row Center subscriber, Seattle Symphony is offering you 10 percent discount with the code: FrontRowCenter​.

Use this link to purchase tickets online. There are a limited number of discounted tickets available, so claim yours today!

Join KUOW for a talk with Virginia Wright

Nov 1, 2016
Virginia and Bagley Wright
Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

Join KUOW's Marcie Sillman in an exclusive talk with Virginia Wright about her legacy in the arts.

Wright and her late husband Bagley Wright have had an indelible impact on Seattle’s cultural landscape.

Join KUOW at On the Boards!

Sep 19, 2016
Juniper Shuey

Join Marcie Sillman for the second Front Row Center of our 2016-2017 Season at On the Board’s "Clear and Sweet."

Experience a fusion of dance and live vocals created by Seattle-based dance and visual art team zoe | juniper. Inspired by American Shape Note singing, "Clear and Sweet" immerses the audience in physical and visual art, blurring the line between performer and observer.

Come see "Clear and Sweet" on Friday, October 21 at 8:00 pm, then stay afterwards for a conversation moderated by KUOW's Marcie Sillman with Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey of zoe | juniper.

Join KUOW for 'Heaven on Fire'

Aug 8, 2016
'Echo Tides' by Barbara Earl Thomas.
Courtesy of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Front Row Center is headed to Bainbridge Island for Front Row Center for the first time ever!

Visit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Sunday, September 11 to join Marcie Sillman for a conversation with featured artist Barbara Earl Thomas at 2 p.m.

Come early and explore Thomas' exhibition "Heaven on Fire," then head into the museum auditorium at 2 p.m. to get an inside look into Thomas' artistic process.

Museum hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but don't forget to RSVP!

Front Row Center 2016 - 2017 Season

Aug 7, 2016

This season, we are traveling to more places than ever before to explore the rich and diverse selection of art in the Seattle community. We are committed to highlighting exhibitions and performances across various artistic mediums, produced by organizations both big and small.

Join KUOW’s Marcie Sillman as she pulls back the curtain on the creative process, giving participants a glimpse of why and how an artist creates work, and we hope, a greater appreciation for the rich and diverse cultural community in our region.

Join KUOW at Intiman Theatre for 'Stick Fly'

May 19, 2016
Stick_Fly
Courtesy of Intiman Theatre

Front Row Center is headed back to Intiman Theatre!

Join us on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. for a performance of Lydia R. Diamond's "Stick Fly" and then stay afterwards for a post-show conversation led by KUOW's Marcie Sillman.

As a Front Row Center subscriber, Intiman Theatre is offering you a 15 percent discount on tickets to this show. Just use promo code KUOW16 when you purchase your ticket online.

Join KUOW For 'A Rap On Race'

Apr 15, 2016

Front Row Center is back, in a partnership with Spectrum Dance and Seattle Rep!

Come see "A Rap on Race" Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. and then join KUOW's Marcie Sillman for a post-show discussion with director and choreographer, Donald Byrd.

As a Front Row Center subscriber, Spectrum Dance Theater is offering you a 30 percent discount on tickets to this show: order here

Join KUOW For Director's Choice At PNB

Feb 17, 2016
Angela Sterling

Join Marcie Sillman and fellow KUOW listeners for a day at the Pacific Northwest Ballet on Saturday , Mar. 19 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

The show is Director's Choice, featuring three contemporary ballet works, two with music by young American singer/songwriters: Rising star Justin Peck's trailblazing Year of the Rabbit, Little Mortal Jump by Alejandro Cerrudo (Resident Choreographer for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), and Paul Gibson's electrifying Rush.

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Calling all Francophiles!

Front Row Center is headed to the Seattle Symphony on Dec. 6 for Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem," which the Symphony calls "a masterpiece of utter serenity".

The Seattle Symphony and Chorale will perform together for this all-French program which will include Olivier Messiaen's "Poèmes pour Mi," and Claude Debussy's "Danses Sacrée et Profane."

Contemporary dance production 'Pat Graney: Girl Gods.'
Courtesy of On The Boards/Jenny Peterson

KUOW's Front Row Center is back at it! This time we're headed to On The Boards on October 2 at 8 p.m. for "Pat Graney: Girl Gods."

Join Marcie Sillman for an evening of contemporary dance, then meet up for a great conversation afterwards!

Sillman will be talking with choreographer and local treasure Pat Graney about her artistic process and the back story behind her newest show.

Join Marcie Sillman and your fellow listeners for KUOW's Front Row Center at Intiman Theatre. Watch "The Children's Hour," then join us for a post-play conversation with Marcie Sillman and producing artistic director Andrew Russell!

This classic play by Lillian Hellman has been re-set in 1980s Seattle by veteran local director Sheila Daniels.

As a friend of KUOW, you will get a 15 percent discount for the September 17 show at 7:30 p.m. Just use promo code KUOW15 when you purchase your ticket online.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Intiman!

From Seattle Art Museum's exhibition, "Disguise."
Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

Get ready for the next Front Row Center with Marcie Sillman!

Join KUOW and fellow listeners at the Seattle Art Museum on July 23 in the Nordstrom Lecture Hall from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

The event will feature a conversation between Sillman and Pam McClusky, curator of art of Africa & Oceania, about SAM's special exhibition "Disguise: Masks & Global African Art."

Guests are encouraged to explore the exhibition before the program. This event is free with a ticket to the exhibition. 

Purchase a ticket to the exhibition using promo code KUOW for a discounted ticket, and make sure to RSVP for the Front Row Center conversation!

photo @ Angela Sterling

I’ll admit it: I am a fan girl.

Last week, I got to sit down with one of my choreographic heroes, William Forsythe.

I came away from that conversation with renewed admiration for both Forsythe’s dances, and his respect and love for dancers – and theirs for him.

Photo by Angela Sterling

KUOW’s Front Row Center is Back!

Join Marcie Sillman and your fellow listeners for KUOW's Front Row Center. See a show together, then meet up for great conversation afterwards.

First up: Enjoy a discounted Saturday matinee of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe on March 14 at 2 p.m., and stay afterwards for a conversation with Marcie Sillman, PNB artistic director Peter Boal, and company dancers.

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