Thursday, November 15, 2007

Upcoming Events

Gregory Partain: a University of Washington graduate is in town to perform a recital featuring a movement from Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata. Arguably, Ives was experimenting with new sounds long before it became popular to do so in Europe.  In fact, some of Ives' material for the Concord Sonata dates from around 1904.  Other examples of Ives' early, groundbreaking voice can be heard in the Unanswered Question and Central Park in the Dark

The Concord Sonata is tied closely with Trancendentalism and specifically individuals associated with the movement. Partain will be performing the nostalgic and calm “The Alcotts.” The movement follows two chaotic movements and is an homage to family life and specifically Bronson and Louisa May Alcott.

Matt Haimovitz: As I mentioned before Matt Haimovitz is at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. He’ll be playing After Reading Shakespeare. A work adorned with Shakespeare references, but without any real connection to the references themselves. Haimovitz performed the piece for free yesterday at Borders. Haimovitz’s expressiveness and intensity made an otherwise unremarkable piece remarkable.  Sean MacLean added to the experience with readings from the passages that inspired the titles for each of the nine movements.

Christopher Bowlby: This pianist is playing Messiaen at Seattle University.  Its almost advent, and in preparation for the season, Bowlby will be playing selections from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus.  The performance and discussion are free (free will offering asked) and you get to spend some time in the mesmerizing Stephen Holl designed Seattle U chapel.  

Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra: This all volunteer orchestra is playing music of Prokofiev, Beethoven, Saint Saens, and Sibelius. The orchestra’s website makes it known that the band play's  music that is interesting and fun. Prokofiev’s fifth symphony and Sibelius’ Finlandia fit the bill. As does Saint Saens melodic first cello concerto. The orchestra will be playing at Seattle’s Town Hall. Tickets are extremely cheap - $5 for adults.

Gallery Concerts: This chamber music organization will play a concert of music inspired by JS Bach on period instruments.

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