By Janice King, KPC
Kirkland Performance Center brings a rich variety
of performing arts to the Eastside with more than 250 theatre, dance and
music performances each year from acclaimed community, regional, national
and international artists.
With support from the King County Arts Commission and the Lake Washington
School District, KPC also presents A World of Arts, an educational outreach
program designed to bring acclaimed artists into classrooms for in-depth
workshops. Through A World of Arts, Kirkland Performance Center reached
more than 7,000 students across all grade levels during the 2001-2002 school
Located in downtown Kirkland, the 402-seat KPC theatre hosts a variety of
community programs, including the King County Library Lecture Series; KING-FMs
Live! By George, a live broadcast concert series; and Kids-at-Play, an opportunity
for students to perform in a professional setting at KPC.
For more information about Kirkland Performance Center and to preview upcoming
or call 425-893-9900.
As Standing Ovations 2002 fiscal year closed, we
celebrated our accomplishments and set in motion our plans for 2003.
This year brought many challenges and rewards. I thank the people on this
Wrote a vision
Created a brochure
Increased marketing opportunities for the 2002 applicants
Successfully wrote our first successful grant (funds provided by the City
Created our first partnership with the Bellevue Downtown Association
Recruited new companies and corporations to financially support SO
Created a 30 page strategic marketing plan
Revived our local newspaper coverage
Increased public awareness through public speaking and attendance at local
Produced a highly successful gala
Weve begun our 2003 strategic planning by inviting the arts groups
we support to give ideas and suggestions on what they would like to see
Standing Ovation address and achieve this year. In addition, we are looking
forward to building more partnerships; increase marketing opportunities
for arts groups at local events; incorporate our strategic marketing plan;
and develop our endowments and grants.
Standing Ovations achievements are evaluated through the continued
success of our Eastside Arts.
on the Arts Bellevue Opera
Founded thirty years ago as the Peccadillo Players, Bellevue
Opera opened in the Poncho Theater at Woodland Park. From Opera at
the Zoo we used various facilities in Seattle before crossing the
Lake in 1990 to the Moore Theater at Sacred Heart Church. In 1994 we moved
into the Meydenbauer Theater. We truly enjoy the facilities in this lovely
Center in Bellevue.
We specialize in the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and are among the few
companies in the world who have done the entire canon, but we also perform
works by Gilbert OR Sullivan with different partners, and others of the
Dr. Penelope Vrachopoulos has been the driving force behind the Company
since its beginning, when she did just about everything. She has more help,
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Standing Ovation Presents Our 2002 Beneficiaries
Belle Arte Concerts
Bellevue Art Museum
Bellevue Chamber Chorus
Bellevue Civic Theatre
Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra
Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra
Duvall Arts Commission
Eastside Assoc. of Fine Arts
Kirkland Arts Center
Kirkland Performance Center
Loquin dba Next Step Theater
Music Works Northwest
Olympic Ballet Theatre
Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside
Performing Hearts of WA
Renton Civic Theatre
Seattle Pro Musica
The Tudor Choir
Youth Theatre Northwest
A Very Special Thanks To Our Donors
Kemper Development Company
The Boeing Company
Peter Horvitz, Publisher,
Sclater Partners Architects
Wells Fargo Bank
First Mutual Bank
Puget Sound Energy
Union Bank of California
Hazel and John Matheson
Laird Norton Financial Group
Parker, Smith and Feek, Inc.
Jane Hague, King Co. Council Member
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The art of a people is a true mirror to
2002 America Shines
A Great Succes
Mary Ellen Hundley,
In spite of a gloomy year for arts funding, Standing
Ovations 2002 Gala at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom raised over
40% more than last years event, thanks to the generosity of distinguished
arts patrons and the enthusiasm and careful management of the Standing
Ovation Board and Gala Committee.
Over 200 Eastside arts patrons enjoyed America Shines, the
April 20th celebration with Premier Benefactor: Kemper Development Company,
Underwriters: The Boeing Company and Microsoft, and more than a dozen
other corporate and individual sponsors.
Awards abounded during this festive black-tie gala with Charles O.(Chuck)
Morgan of Kirkland and John and Hazel Matheson of Bellevue receiving the
$1000 Standing Ovation 2002 Honorary Awards for outstanding service to
Eastside arts. Chuck Morgan, introduced by Peter Horvitz, is a co-founder
of the Kirkland Performance Center with more than ten years of involvement
to plan, raise funds, build and operate this treasured theater facility.
The Mathesons, introduced by Kemper Freeman, have been active supporters
for Eastside arts, beginning as volunteers and patrons for the fledgling
Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) 27 years ago. Today, Hazel continues
her involvement with the BPO League and John has just completed his third
year as BPO President. The Mathesons enormous generosity also includes
support of Standing Ovation, the Village Theatre and the Bellevue Art
SO President, Raelissa Smith, introduced by Lin Salisbury , received the
$500 Presidents Award, and she in turn surprised four SO board members
with awards for their outstanding service to the organization. The 2002
monetary awards totaling $2500 were sponsored by King County Councilmember,
Jane Hague, and presented by Ms. Hagues assistant, Jeanne Keenan
to be dedicated to the arts organization of the recipients choice.
Rudy Harpers Yankee Doodle Fantasy call to dinner left
no one disappointed when the Hyatts dependably delicious dinner
was crowned by an unforgettable double dessert.
Sherry Grindeland, the popular Eastside columnist for the Seattle Times,
served as the evenings Mistress of Ceremonies. The theme, America
Shines, featured entertainment by the Bellevue Chamber Chorus directed
by Dr. Fred Lokken in a medley of American favorites, thrilling SO benefactors,
Betty and Kemper Freeman with the couples favorite, Old Man
River by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. During cocktails
and dinner, music was generously provided by Jennifer Odle and Thelma
and Lionel Kramer. The Stars of Tomorrow showcased outstanding
award-winning Eastside youth artists, vocalist Julia Schlee, cellist Lennart
Jansson, writers Drew Schwitters and Briana Vallene and students from
Turning Pointe Dance Center, Heng Da Chinese Dance Academy, Dance Academy
of Bellevue and the Clyde Hill Elementary Choir. Beautiful sights and
sounds with yellow roses, red roses and all that shines were highlighted
all evening under the skillful techniques of Progressive Image directed
by Kevin Harkins. Bellevue Mayor, Connie Marshall, and Chuck Morgan braved
the limelight in the evenings finale with Ballet Bellevues
Kristen Colliander in a soft shoe to Frank Sinatras I Could
Have Danced All Night.
The final highlight on June __th was the boards allocation of $40,000
in gala proceeds to 25 (?) very grateful arts organizations.
Thanks to all who supported this years gala, and Save the Date:
April 19, 2003. Arts on the Eastside depend on YOU!