Get 'em before they think they’re supposed to hate classical music. The Bellevue Philharmonic launches its new Little Maestro series this month, with themed classical-music shows for the under-8 set starring Lisa Allison and Linda Sebenius (the singing sisters of Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda, who are responsible for making Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots series so popular). The first show, “Cirque de Classic: Hi-Low Big Top Circus,” is April 12 at Bellevue’s Theatre at Meydenbauer. Everyone in the audience needs a ticket, which are $10. Go to or call 206-325-6500.

Through traditional music and dance and gorgeously bright costumes, the Divine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular demonstrates the cultural achievements of the Han and Tang dynasties at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on April 23 and 24. Tickets are $38–$108. We hear the show will sell out quickly, so visit sooner rather than later (call 800-886-0516 for more info about the show).

Pulsing, ethnic-sounding music; inspired, oh-wow acrobatics; and European-style clowning are hallmarks of Cirque du Soleil’s shows, and you can see what all the fuss is about this month as the company sets up in Marymoor Park again. "Corteo" — a sort of clown-imagined processional — opens April 24 in Redmond and runs through May 18. Tickets are $49.50–$90 for adults, $38.50-$63 for ages 2–12, and free for 2 and younger. Tickets are at or 800-678-5440.

— Kris Collingridge


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