Craig Buhler leads concerts celebrating Brazilian bossa nova tunes this coming weekend at Olympic Theatre Arts. Submitted photo

Craig Buhler leads concerts celebrating Brazilian bossa nova tunes this coming weekend at Olympic Theatre Arts. Submitted photo

At OTA show, Sequim’s Buhler to shed spotlight on Brazilian bossa nova tunes

Sequim musician Craig Buhler will bring to life the sounds of saxophonist Stan Getz, who introduced “The Girl From Ipanema” and other top Brazilian bossa nova melodies to American audiences, at Olympic Theatre Arts this weekend.

Performance times are 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

Appearing with Buhler will be acclaimed Laguna Beach guitarist Mark Turnbull, who is in the Northwest for the premier of his new play at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival.

Also appearing will be Olympic Peninsula musicians George Radebaugh (piano), Ted Enderle (bass) and Terry Smith (drums).

While the concerts are officially a tribute to Stan Getz’s music, Buhler will also place a spotlight on another: singer João Gilberto, who has been called “the father of bossa nova,” who passed away recently at age 88.

“He was the singer and guitarist on Stan Getz’s mega-hit’ The Girl From Ipanema’,” Buhler said. “His wife, Astrud Gilberto, was the other vocalist on the record. João and his friend Antonio Carlos Jobim were the ones who virtually ‘invented’ the Brazilian bossa nova style of music. I was thinking we could dedicate the August concerts to his memory. We will feature several of his songs at the concerts.”

Reserved Main Stage seating tickets are $20 each for the general public and $15 for students. They are available online at olympictheatrearts.org, at the theatre box office, or at the door, if available.

Olympic Theatre Arts is at 414 N. Sequim Ave. where the box office is open 1–5 p.m., weekdays. Call 360-683-7326 for more information.

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