Sha Na Na performs with Seattle Symphony (Sha Na Na photo)
Sha Na Na performs with Seattle Symphony (Sha Na Na photo)

It’s time to dust off the poodle skirt and rock around the clock.

Seattle Symphony kicks off its 2009-2010 Pops Season with a “back to the ’50s” concert featuring Sha Na Na and the symphony under the direction of conductor and composer Marvin Hamlisch, who has won three Oscars, four Emmnys, four Grammys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.

Songs include “At the Hop,” “Blue Moon,” “The Peppermint Twist,” “La Bamba,” “Come Go With Me,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ ” and other songs of the era.

The concerts are offered at 7:30 Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Sept. 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 19, and 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at Benaroya Hall. After the 8 p.m. performance Sept. 19, patrons are encouraged to wear ’50s costumes and kick off their saddle shoes at a doo-wop sock hop. There’s also a display of vintage cars.

Sha Na Na rose to fame after appearing right before Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, which led to a record deal and a TV show that aired from 1977 to 1981. The group also portrayed Johnn Casino and the Gamblers in the movie musical “Grease.”

Tickets, $17-$87, can be purchased at the Seattle Sympony ticket office at 206-215-4747 or toll-free at 866-833-4747, or by faxing the symphony at 206-215-4748. Tickets can also be purchased online at or by dropping by the ticket office at Third Avenue and Union Street.

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