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Saturday, Jan. 4: Violinist Maria Newman

Capitol Rotunda

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"America's Sweetheart" silent film star was not actually an American, and was not really named Mary Pickford. Born Gladys Smith in Toronto, she started working on stage at age 5 and made her first movie at 16. Although she continued playing children's roles into her 30s, Pickford was a tough negotiator with a sharp mind for business; she helped found United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and her husband Douglas Fairbanks in 1919. America's beloved violinist Maria Newman, born in Los Angeles in 1962, has been commissioned to score Pickford's silent films, including Daddy-Long-Legs, Cinderella, What the Daisy Said and Ramona. Hear composer, pianist, violinist and violist Newman performs her music with flutist Hal Ott, violinist, violist and conductor Scott Hosfeld, Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra soloists and members of Central Washington University's Flute Ensemble under the Capitol Rotunda's Dome. Saturday afternoon. Seating is limited, which is fine since you'll be recreating funny silent film fast-motion antics during the show.

MARIA NEWMAN, 2-3:30 p.m., Capitol Rotunda, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia, free admission, 360.790.4966

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