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POAC announces performing arts season

| September 4, 2021 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — The Pend Oreille Arts Council is back!

In announcing this season’s shows, POAC officials said they were thrilled to be able to host their first full season of live performances since the COVID-19 pandemic cut short the 2019-2020 season. POAC’s 2021-22 season will include eclectic performances ranging from flamenco fusion and classic jazz to live theater and local dance, all taking place onstage at the historic Panida Theater. The season kicks off this fall and continues through the spring. Ticket prices range from $5-27 and are now on sale.

This season’s concerts include:

Friday, Oct. 29 — Okaidja Afroso, an afro pop singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist from Ghana, West Africa. All tickets are $22.

Friday, Nov. 19 — Barrio Manouche, flamenco fusion gypsy jazz from Spain to San Francisco. All tickets are $22.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30 — “This Winter Night”. POAC partners with Allegro Dance Studio & Suzuki String Academy for a special evening of music and dance pairings inspired by winter themes. Tickets are $25-35.

Friday, Feb. 18 — “Living Voice”. POAC’s popular theatrical partnership with Living Voices is back with a production of “Through the Eyes of a Friend,” the enduring, inspiring story of Anne Frank told from a unique perspective. All tickets are $16.

Friday, March 18 — Paul Beaubrun, Haitian singer & multi-instrumentalist, son of Lolo and Manze Beaubrun of the Grammy-nominated band Boukman Ekperyans. Paul Beaubrun weaves together Haitian roots music with reggae and rock n roll in his own “roots blues” style. All tickets are $22.

Saturday, April 23 — Missoula Children’s Theater: “Rumpelstiltskin”. Casting a host of local children of all ages for a local production of the fairytale classic. Tickets are $5-15.

Thursday, May 19 — Brubeck Brothers Quartet. An exciting jazz quartet featuring the gifted sons of legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck — Dan Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass and trombone) — who carry on the family name of one of America’s most accomplished musical families. The pair are joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb. All tickets are $27.

Visiting performers also participate in POAC’s Ovations program, a free K-12 outreach that provides quality educational experiences in the performing arts for students who would otherwise not have these opportunities. In addition to all public performances at the Panida, workshops, performances and outreach programs are planned throughout the year in the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

“From the classics, to culturally diverse contemporary musicians, dancers, actors and spoken word artists, POAC has a long tradition of presenting performances geared for audiences of all ages at affordable prices,” said POAC Executive Director Tone Lund. “We are excited to be able to get back to bringing exceptional artistic quality, theatrical excitement and inspiration to the Sandpoint community through the performing arts!”

Tickets to all performances go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 1 and are available at the POAC office, 110 Main St., Suite 101, in downtown Sandpoint, online at ArtinSandpoint.org, or by calling 208-263-6139.

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Paul Beaubrun is among the group's announced as being a part of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's upcoming Performing Arts season.

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(Photo courtesy KARNEY HATCH)

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet will perform as part of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's Performing Arts Series this season.