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Shanti and the symphony honor Bacharach at BPAC

Arlington is in for a treat with Nadine Shanti coming with the Everett Symphony Orchestra to perform a Tribute to Burt Bacharach at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center,

2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19.

With the 2001 release of her second CD, “Violet’s Lane,” singer/songwriter Nadine Shanti created a new synthesis of her talents as a performing artist. Since that time she has used her composition, arranging and singing skills to gain a reputation as an accomplished Seattle entertainer.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Shanti spent years perfecting her performance techniques while completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music in Louisiana and Illinois respectively.

Her move to Seattle in 1980 launched a career as a pop/jazz artist that included work in the Pacific Northwest and overseas in Japan, Okinawa and Indonesia. She released her first CD of original songs, entitled “Down Home” in 1999. As a songwriter she began performing throughout the U.S. in concerts in Washington, Tennessee, Montana, Illinois and Louisiana.

Whether arranging music and performing with symphony orchestras (as she did in 2003 and 2005), working with local musicians where she travels (as she did for the Wagga Jazz Festival in Australia in 2003)or singing with her own group here in Seattle, Shanti is poised, completely at ease on stage and communicates an enjoyment of her art that is a result of confidence in her skills and absolute trust in the material that she presents.

In this case, the music of Burt Bacharach, results from a career that spans over 50 years. Bacharach has shown that lush harmonies, strings, horns and timpani have a well-deserved and much appreciated place in American popular music.

In the 1960s and ‘70s with lyricist Hal David and brand-spanking-new vocalist, Dionne Warwick, he had us asking “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”, confessing “I Say a Little Prayer for You” and questioning an inscrutable young man named “Alfie.”

Shanti and the Everett Symphony present this lifetime of a composer who unarguably forged the bridge between Tin Pan Alley, the Brill Building, Broadway and Rock-n-Roll.

The tribute will include such popular favorite songs as, “Heavenly,” “The Look of Love,” “Always Something There to Remind Me,” “Walk on By,” and “What the World Needs Now.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students at the BPAC Web site at www.byrnesperformingartscenter.com or call the symphony at 425-258-1605 or toll free 888-CON-VIVO (266-8486) at the Everett Symphony Office, 2710 Colby Avenue, Everett.

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