I'll be leaving for the Christmas holiday on Wednesday. Before I venture to the snowy and icy Midwest, I will be covering Orchestra Seattle's performance of Claudio Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. Maestro George Shangrow agreed to participate in a short Q&A and I will be writing about the performance Tuesday or Wednesday. If you live in Seattle and are looking to soak up some Renaissance/Baroque music you must hear the 1610 Vespers.
On Tuesday Canadian Brass will be playing music of Barber and Bach. The concert starts at 7:00 pm. If you are looking for a lunch time diversion on Thursday head on down to Seattle City Hall and hear the Northwest Chamber Chorus. The concert is free. Friday, Baroque Northwest will be performing seasonal music from Germany and Italy. In the short time Baroque Northwest has been in Seattle, they have developed quite a following and consistently challenge notions about what constitutes a period performance. Finally, on Saturday, Seattle Baroque will perform a family-friendly version of Handel's Messiah.
Also, I plan on starting a new, recurring feature focusing on Seattle New Music personalities, musicians, and ensembles. The first post in this new feature will be coming before the Christmas holiday.