Saturday, February 4, 2023 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm (PST)
William D. Harvey Theatre at Olympic College, Bremerton, WA, United States
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$35 ($20 college student w/ valid ID, $10 ages 18 & under)

Step into Jane Austen's world with your local symphony in a unique Regency era collaboration of music, fashion, and food at Olympic College

Ever wonder why finding a husband was so critical to Jane Austen's characters? Dressed in an authentic Regency costume, Tames Alan gives an intriguing look into the world of Jane Austen's novels and explains the social and financial structure of the time, including entailments, assemblies, balls, how a girl was ranked based on her fortune, and most importantly, why husband hunting almost reached the level of national hysteria.

Interspersed with engaging historical commentary, members of the Bremerton WestSound Symphony will present chamber music that would have been performed in a typical Jane Austen, Regency Period Salon with works by Mozart and songs by Beethoven, Scarlatti, and Harriet Wainwright featuring soprano, Jenny Ribeiro.

Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes at this unique program that will also include period food and drink by Olympic College's culinary department and a meet-and-greet with Ms. Alan at the reception afterwards.

About Tames Alan, costumed presenter

Tames Alan is an actress, historian, and fashion history teacher who has combined her skills to create Living History Lectures for people of all ages. Since 1986, she has been touring her programs throughout the United States and Canada, where she is known for her in-depth research and lively presentation style. In the Northwest, she is the most popular speaker in the history of the Washington Commission for the Humanities’ Inquiring Mind program and has received several grants from WCH to tour her programs to rural and underserved areas of Washington state.

Over the years, she has created a series of one-woman historically accurate costumed programs that are educational entertainment. These are fun cultural events for general audiences, as well as good cultural background programs for elementary through college-level students. They cover the life, customs, and clothing from several ancient cultures through the 1920's.

In addition to the above programs, Tames is also a recognized food historian and offers a series of programs that give entertaining insight into what and how people ate in the past. Her program Trial by Fork: Formal Victorian Dining Demystified, was hired by the Museum on Main Street program sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.

Tames studied theatre and history at Willamette University in Oregon and theatre at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Dell Arte School in California. For many years, she taught fashion history at the Art Institute of Seattle, offering a class that combined fashion history, social history, and women's studies. She is a historical consultant to museums, libraries, and historical festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Tames and her husband live on a working farm in the beautiful Puget Sound region of the Northwest. They enjoy creating fun and fabulous meals, playing with their two cats, and teaching ballroom dance.

About Jenny Ribeiro, soprano

American soprano Jenny Ribeiro enjoys using her "bright instrument and engaging personality" (Voce di meche, 2016) to delight audiences throughout the world. Growing up in a musical household, Jenny learned to read music at the same time she learned to read words and was trained as a classical pianist and clarinetist as well as a singer. After spending a few seasons as a professional musical theater actress in the Pacific Northwest, she moved to New York City with the clichéd suitcase and a dream, but after being hired as a chorister in Golijov's Ainadamar in its Carnegie Hall debut with The Orchestra of St. Luke's, she fell back in love with classical music and ultimately switched her focus to opera.

In the 2022-23 season, Jenny will be touring throughout the US in her recital tour "From the Hearts of Women," as well as singing the soprano solos in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Elkhart County Symphony and Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio with The Hudson Chorale. She will also be appearing in Handel's Messiah with Grace United Methodist Church in Lansing, MI and was a semi-finalist at the Corsica Lirica International Opera Competition in Corsica, France.

Jenny has been featured in performances with Bard Summerscape Theater, Dicapo Opera, Opera Noire of New York, Amore Opera, Regina Opera, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, The Collegiate Chorale, New York Virtuoso Singers, Hudson Chorale, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and elsewhere. Early on, she performed many of the leading lyric coloratura/soubrette roles (Pamina, Susanna, Serpina, etc.) while also journeying into larger repertoire with Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffman), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Elvira (The Song of Norway - Carnegie Hall solo debut), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), and Martha (God Bless Everyone – premiere by Thomas Pasatieri). Jenny's repertoire now includes large lyric and spinto soprano roles, including Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimì (La bohème), Michaela (Carmen), and Elsa (Lohengrin).

In 2021/22 Jenny finished her Masters' degree at Michigan State University and debuted three Wagnerian roles at once as Ortlinde, Wellgunde, and Waldvogel for Berlin Wagner Group's "Wagner's Ring in One Evening".

Jenny has also worked as an educator, producer, rehearsal pianist, and conductor in venues throughout the United States. Her most recent project, Michigan Opera Outreach, is an arts education project that aims to bring participatory opera education to children in the greater Lansing area. Jenny serves as Founder and Program Director as well as one of the Teaching Artists.