Several concerts coming to Vashon Center for the Arts

Allison Shirk plays a free concert at Vashon Island’s VCA June 8, one of several upcoming music programs. Photo courtesy of VCA

Vashon Center for the Arts, a collaborative and community-based organization, provides a center for the arts on Vashon Island, initiates quality arts experiences for all ages and creates opportunities for artists to perform and exhibit their work.
The Vashon Center for the Arts has several musical events upcoming next weekend:

Local Music Series: The Allison Shirk Band
Friday June 8, 8:30 p.m.
Allison Shirk is a singer-songwriter/guitarist whose music blends her Texas country roots with her love for vocal jazz and rock. She has a soothing voice that draws you in with its sincerity and soulfulness.
The Allison Shirk Band includes Tony Mann on keys and vocals, Doug Pine on guitar and vocals, Chuck Keller on bass and vocals, and Wesley Peterson on drums and vocals. The evening will feature Shirk’s new original songs plus some cover tunes. The music will be rich with vocal harmonies and inspired solos from these impressive backing musicians. Shirk’s two albums will be for sale as well as other merchandise.
VCA is excited to host this series of local musicians performing at the Katherine L White Hall in partnership with Vashon Events, and generously sponsored by John L. Scott.
All ages. Free admission.
For more on these shows and on the VCA, visit

Gary Stroutsos: “Remembering the Songs”
Saturday, June 9, 2 p.m.
This flute performance and exhibition, called “Remembering the Songs,” is a music and lecture performance based around the same-titled documentary film and musical album. The project provides a unique look at the musical traditions from Zuni, Navajo and Salish communities and the importance of songs to these people. The program includes screening of a 30-minute documentary and a live performance of storytelling and music by Gary Stroutsos. Following the concert, a Q&A, reception and viewing of Gary’s one-of-a-kind, hand-made Native American traditional cedar wood flutes will be held.
Members $10, seniors $12, general $14, students 18 and under free.

Franz Liszt Concert and Music History Lecture with Michael Tracy
Sunday, June 10, 4-6 p.m.
Join Vashon resident, musician and musicologist, Michael Tracy for a multi-media presentation on Franz Liszt that includes a lecture, slide show and a live piano performance.
In just 10 years of touring Franz Liszt would be the first pianist to play a concert from memory, play a solo recital, champion other composers’ works and amass a fortune from concertizing, a first in the history of music.
Tracy will be joined by Mark Salman at the piano. Salman has been hailed as a “heroic virtuoso”, and “a dazzling performer.” He performed in “A Chopin Celebration” – a series of three recitals celebrating the composer’s 200th birthday in 2010 – and in five recitals in honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday in 2011. Salman recently released a recording of the late Schubert sonatas and “Chopin’s Intimate Art: The Mazurkas.”
Salman, a native of Connecticut, began his studies at age eight and made his first recital debut at eleven. A graduate of The Julliard School, he also studied at MIT for two years concentrating on chamber music and composition. Salman lives and teaches in Seattle.
$14 VCA member, $16 senior/student, $18

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