Free tickets available for POPs! concert

July 28, 2009

By Hunter Deiglmeier

Free tickets are available now for the 14th annual POPs! Goes Issaquah concert, sponsored by Rowley Properties.The concert this year is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N.*

The concert will be fun for all individuals and families, and is a great opportunity to experience the arts, according to Rajani Rastogi, of Rowley Properties Inc.

The Sammamish Symphony, its conductor R. Joseph Scott and special guest Maria Mannisto will perform.

Mannisto, the special guest performer, is a well-rounded, accomplished opera singer, concert soloist, pianist and organist.

She recently received her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Washington. She appeared in many University of Washington productions, including “La Finta Giardiniera” (Sandrina), “Suor Angelica” (La Zelatrice), and scenes from “Rigoletto” (Gilda) and “La Traviata” (Violetta).

In March 2008, she performed for the second time in composer Tom Baker’s series of new operatorios as Tamsen Donner in “Hunger: The Journey of Tamsen Donner.” She has also performed works by Seattle composers Wayne Horvitz, Bill Smith, Garrett Fisher and Brian Cobb.

As the 2007 Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year, Mannisto enjoyed an extensive concert tour across the United States. She directs the Finnish Choral Society of Seattle, and is the primary organist at the Finnish Lutheran Church.

“By sponsoring this event, we are providing an opportunity for families and individuals to attend an orchestral event that might not otherwise be able to participate in the arts,” said Lisa Cuevas, of Rowley Properties.

Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Rowley Properties, 1595 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 1. No reservations will be taken.

*This report contains corrected information.

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One Response to “Free tickets available for POPs! concert”

  1. Rajani Rastogi on August 11th, 2009 11:01 am

    Typo – Event is Friday August 21st at Village Theatre

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