Whidbey Island Center for the Arts presents Gerry O’Connor, The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series: Dr. Wade Davis, Mixtape to My Mother – a Mother’s Day’s Concert, WICA 26th Anniversary Concerts, Classical Uncorked | Versailles Dance Party, Atomic Bombshells – Naughty Spring Concert, Art Talks | Rebecca Albiani as the First Lady of the World: Isabella D’Este Art Collector and Whim W’him.

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GERRY O’CONNOR – MAY 1ST | 7:30 p.m.

On his CULTURE IRELAND sponsored tour, Gerry O’Connor visits Whidbey Island to delight and entertain and is considered one of the great fiddle players of his generation. In 2018, Gerry received “Ceannródaí”, the prestigious Bardic Award from Comhaltas for his valuable contribution to traditional arts. The same year, he released his second solo album “Last Nights Joy” and released “The Rose in the Gap” Dance Music for Oriel from the Donnellan Collection. A four-time winner of The Fiddler of Oriel competition, Gerry recently judged the same competition as well as Breakthrough competitions sponsored by Gael Linn and Siansa and RAAP/RTE. He was co-founder and first artistic director of Ceol Chairlinn, an annual teaching festival in Carlingford, Co Louth. He is also the Traditional Arts Coordinator of the new Creative-Connexions Irish/Catalan Arts Festival in Sitges. He teaches violin at the Willie Clancy summer school and in master classes across Europe. At home, Gerry works as a luthier/restorer.

TRUDY SUNDBERG – WADE DAVIS LECTURE SERIES – MAY 6 | 7:30 p.m.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation presents this lecture by Wade Davis on “Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World”. An ethnographer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and earned her doctorate. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Primarily through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and the Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American countries while building some 6,000 botanical collections. His work then took him to Haiti to investigate the folk preparations involved in creating zombies, a mission that led him to write Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), a best- international seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. He has written 18 books and produced 13 documentary films.

MIX TAPE TO MY MOTHER – A CONCERT FOR MOTHER’S DAY – MAY 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Featuring mother-daughter duo Sheila Weidendorf and Ada Faith-Feyma, plus special guest Sequoia Durham, this concert will feature everything from jazz to country music, improvisation and musical theatre. It will be a rare treat given that Weidendorf and Faith-Feyma take the stage to play music and act, respectively, but have not collaborated in this regard thus far. The show’s concept of having the music be a “mix tape” will reveal music shared intentionally, with someone they love in mind.

WICA 26TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS! – MAY 13, 14 | 7:30 p.m.

Chris Harshman brings the SWHS Award Winning Jazz Band to the stage to celebrate WICA’s 26th anniversary. WICA continues the district’s longest running Arts in Education programs by creating a space for these young artists to showcase their talent. The Jazz Band will be joined by Alumini and special local stars, all to celebrate 26 years of operation of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

CLASSIC OPENING – VERSAILLES DANCE EVENING – MAY 14 | 15:00

Baroque flautist Joshua Romatowski joins the Classical Uncorked House Band for a baroque dance evening worthy of Louis XIV, King of France. Delight in opulent ballet scores by Lully, Charpentier and Marais, as well as a magnificent suite by Mademoiselle Duval, known as La Légende, the composer and virtuoso who, at the age of 18, was became the second woman to have a work performed at the Paris Opera.

ATOMIC BOMBSHELLS – NAUGHTY SPRING CONCERT – MAY 20 | 7:30 p.m.

The Atomic Bombshells, Seattle’s polished and perfectly choreographed professional burlesque troupe, seamlessly integrate the worlds of burlesque, drag, dance and theater with good humor and classic style. It is not a sending; it’s the real thing! The boisterous Bombshells have been instrumental in Seattle’s burlesque revival, so for feathery, buxom and glitzy fun-seekers, there’s no better show to attend. Young people under 18 not admitted!

ART TALKS: REBECCA ALBINI RETURNS AS ISABELLA D’ESTE – MAY 27 | 7:30 p.m.

We are in 1536 and you are in the presence of Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua, eminent patron of Italian Renaissance artists. “Isabella” will be remembered for her interactions with talents such as Mantegna, Leonardo and Correggio. Ariosto called her “liberal and magnanimous”, but you can decide whether her insistence on controlling subject matter and iconography made her a challenge to work with. Presented by art historian Rebecca Albiani.

WHIM W’HIM – SPRING – MAY 28 | 7:30 p.m.

Whim W’Him is a contemporary dance company founded by Olivier Wevers, former principal dancer and choreographer of Pacific Northwest Ballet, which presents innovative dance in collaboration with international artists. Excite your senses and nourish your soul. Whim W’Him is thrilled to be back in theater to present three world premieres by Maurya Kerr, Micaela Taylor and Olivier Wevers hosted by our extraordinary dancers. Join us for a night you won’t forget.

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