Ring in the new year with theater in January!

Kirkland Performance Center launches 2004 with a captivating mix of music, theatre and family programs, beginning with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness first-hand the close-up wonder and majesty of the renowned The Peking Acrobats, at KPC for one day only.

"The Peking Acrobats regularly pass from the seemingly impossible to the virtually unbelievable," raves the Los Angeles Times. Spectacular acrobatic feats with an exotic flair come directly from China to KPC. The Peking Acrobats are considered by many to be one of the most spectacular and entertaining family attractions. The performers include 28 musicians, jugglers, contortionists, cyclists and tumblers.

Performances will include everything from a human pyramid to plate spinning to a pagoda of chairs, all accompanied by a Chinese orchestra. Join us at KPC for two shows on January 11, at 3 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for youth. Special group rate is $27.

Classical music abounds when Washington Wind Symphony returns to KPC with Winter Winds. Brush off the frost with this 50-piece group of musicians playing melodic combinations of favorite wind band pieces. Join Director Emeritus Dr. Raydell C. Bradley and Conductor Scott L. Taube on January 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for seniors and youth.

Seattle Baroque features Byron Schenkman on harpsichord and Chris Norman on flute for Duo Recital, also on January 18, at 7 p.m. These two electric performers from different musical worlds come together for an exuberant evening which runs the gamut from traditional Scottish tunes to J.S. Bach. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $10 for youth and groups.

If you're a fan of the Old West, good comedy, stellar harmony or "mighty fine" family entertainment, you won't want to miss Riders in the Sky. Featuring the expert musicianship of Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim, and Joey, Riders in the Sky combine refreshing acoustical music and a wide repertoire with outrageous comedy, delivering entertainment guaranteed to delight listeners, regardless of age or musical preference. Join KPC on January 24 at 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for youth. Special group rate is $27.

Celebrated classical musicians Ahn Trio shake things up at KPC with their trademark fusion of classical music and pop. With appearances on PBS, MTV and in the pages of Vogue, GQ and Town & Country, Ahn Trio is hailed as a brilliantly distinguished ensemble gifted with extraordinary powers of communication and an exquisite blend of sound.

Marrying classical music with pop music flair, violinist Angella and twins, pianist Lucia and cellist Maria perform with superb technique and contagious excitement.

KPC is pleased to present this talented trio on January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36 for adults, $29 for seniors and $20 for youth. Special group rate is $32.

KPC winds up the first month of the new year with StoryBook Theater's presentation of Cinderella, told with a twist. In this adaptation by Lani Brockman, with music and lyrics by Susan Bardsley, Cinderella is still going to the ball. But how will she get there? Join Cinderella as she overcomes the obstacles in her way to take the palace by storm, leaving a clue in her wake and a prince on her trail.

Cinderella graces the KPC stage on January 31 at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., and again on February 1 and 8, at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, seniors and youth, with a $7 special group rate.

Kirkland Performance Center is located at 350 Kirkland Avenue in Kirkland, WA. For more information and to review upcoming performances, please visit www.kp center.org.[[In-content Ad]]