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Highlights, 2017-2018 season

“Soy Cuba,” Cuban music revue with dancers and costume changes
and a long list of ace musicians including Carlos Cascante, Calixto Oviedo,
Enrique Valera Alarcón, and Elspeth Savani. Violin in a danzón,
a danzon-chá, and a cha-cha-chá; several other styles round out
the evening (son, descarga, guaguancó, etc.).
6-7 October 2017 (Friday and Saturday, at 8pm), The Triple Door

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
George Crumb’s Dream Sequence and Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerrilla.
Also Crumb’s Black Angels.
12 October 2017 (Thursday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and The Saci, for the same players,
by Jovino Santos Neto. With Brian Chin and other all-stars,
as part of his Universal Language Project.
1 December (Friday, at 8pm) and 2 December (Saturday, at 2:30pm), 2017,
Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Ligeti’s Melodien, Beat Furrer’s Aria, and the world premiere
of a chamber viola concerto for Melia Watras,
the clouds receding into the mountains, by Orlando Jacinto Garcia.
14 April 2018 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space ticket info

More listings to come soon...



Highlights, 2016-2017 season


Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Vykintas Baltakas’s Redditio (U.S. premiere), Wolfgang Rihm’s
Chiffre II (“Silence To Be Beaten”), and the premiere of
Andrew Waggoner’s Concerto for Piano with guest Gloria Cheng.
3 November 2016 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

Berg Concerto for Piano, Violin, and 13 Wind Instruments,
with Cristina Valdés and the UW Wind Ensemble conducted by Tim Salzman.
A rare treat!
8 December 2016 (Thursday, at 7:30pm), Meany Theater

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Milanda Embracing and the premiere of S.M.O.R.E.S., both by Stuart Dempster,
plus The Idea of Order at Key West (Maria Männistö, soprano) and Pacific Sirens
by Robert Erickson. Stuart will perform Erickson’s General Speech.
11 March 2017 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto
with principal trumpeter Natalie Dungey.
18 March 2017 (Saturday, at 8pm), Holy Rosary, 4142 42nd Ave SW, Seattle WA

Brahms Violin Concerto, with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain.
Also Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Fanfare by Samuel Jones.
29 April 2017 (Saturday, at 8pm), Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Premiere of Jérémy Jolley’s Archipel... en résonnant à Venise...
for clarinet and ensemble; also Kya and Ko-Lho by Giacinto Scelsi,
all with guest Carol Robinson. Carol will also perform Rites by William O. Smith.
3 June 2017 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space




Highlights, 2015-2016 season


Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, guest concertmaster;
Stravinsky’s Orpheus (solos), Saint-Saëns’s film score(!)
L’Asassinat du duc de Guise, and works by Dvořák and Beethoven.
19 September 2015 (Saturday, at 8pm), First Free Methodist Church

Tango concert, dance, and workshop with the Ben Thomas Quartet, Victoria BC.
Concert: Sat. Oct. 3, 7:30pm, Wood Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
Dance: Sat. Oct. 3, 9:30pm-12am, Victoria Event Centre
Workshop: Sun. Oct. 4, 1:30pm-4:30pm, Intrepid Theatre Club

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Julia Wolfe’s sextet Singing in the Dead of Night, the premiere of the chamber
piano concerto From Darkness to Luminosity by Orlando Jacinto Garcia with
pianist Cristina Valdés, Feldman’s The Viola in My Life I with
violist Melia Watras, plus Varèse’s Octandre.
17 October 2015 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

A concert of tango music by Piazzolla, Troilo, Canaro,
Pugliese, and others, with the Tangabrazo quartet.
13 December 2015 (Sunday, at 8pm), Resonance concert series, Bellevue

Chamber music inspired by the American West, including Brian Cobb’s
Campfire Songs. With Brian Chin, as part of his Universal Language Project.
22 January 2016 (Friday, at 8pm), Resonance (event info here)
23 January 2016 (Saturday, at 8pm), Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle

CD release recital: solo violin works by Xenakis, Carter, Scelsi, Lachenmann,
and others, and Sift for violin + computer-realized sound by Kotoka Suzuki.
25 February 2016 (Thursday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space
Suggested donation $5–$15 at the door; free CD with $15 donation.

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Saariaho’s Lichtbogen and the premiere of a new work
for ensemble and surround-sound live electronics by Ewa Trębacz,
plus Differences by Berio.
9 April 2016 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 and the premiere of a flute concerto
by Sarah Bassingthwaighte with principal flutist Merrie Siegel.
30 April 2016 (Saturday, at 8pm), Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, guest concertmaster;
Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with soprano Maria Männistö,
Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation with pianist Cristina Valdés
and percussionist Matthew Kocmieroski, Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 (“Military”)
and the overture to Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio.
21 May 2016 (Saturday, at 8pm), First Free Methodist Church, Seattle

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Discrete Infinity by Anthony Cheung, plus Grisey’s septet Periodes
and Samarkand by Claude Vivier.
11 June 2016 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space




Highlights, 2014-2015 season


Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Boulez’s Dérive 1, Murail’s 13 couleurs du soleil couchant,
and the U.S. premiere of Alêtheia by Huck Hodge,
plus Hodge’s Zeremonie for computer-realized sound.
15 November 2014 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

New chamber works by former Metropolitan Opera clarinetist Sean Osborn.
Works for quartet and sextet, plus a woodwind trio and solo clarinet piece,
featuring Sean, pianist Cristina Valdés, and other local favorites.
10 December 2014 (Wednesday, at 7:30pm), Chapel Performance Space

Daniel Schnyder’s subZERO, concerto for bass trombone and ensemble,
with soloist Douglas Yeo and an ensemble conducted by Tim Salzman.
10 February 2015 (Tuesday, at 4:30pm), Meany Theater

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (solos), alongside Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.
13 February 2015 (Friday, at 7:30pm), Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Sciarrino’s Le Stagioni Artificiali, Donatoni’s Spiri, and a premiere by Jérémy Jolley,
all with soloist Graeme Jennings. Graeme will also perform Berio’s Sequenza VIII.
11 April 2015 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Ives’s The Unanswered Question.
25 April 2015 (Saturday, at 8pm), Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and the premiere of Saci, for the same players,
by Jovino Santos Neto. With Brian Chin, as part of his Universal Language Project.
15 and 16 May, 2015, 8pm, Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle

Seattle Modern Orchestra, with guest composer Kate Soper,
Soper’s Now is Forever (premiere of chamber orchestration version), Haas’s Monodie,
and Romitelli’s Blood On the Floor: Painting 1986 (after Bacon). Also Soper’s “Door.”
6 June 2015 (Saturday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space



Highlights, 2013-2014 season


Takemitsu’s From Far Beyond Chrysanthemums and November Fog
and works for violin & piano by Koechlin, Killmayer, and Pärt,
alongside songs by Rihm, Britten, and others,
with Jerrod Wendland, piano and Emily Greenleaf, mezzo-soprano.
27 September 2013, 7:30pm, Ultan Recital Hall in Ferguson Hall, Minneapolis, MN
Free!

The inimitable Garth Knox in works for solo viola and small chamber ensemble
(his piece Wild Animals and Jonathan Harvey’s Jubilus),
plus works for viola + electronics and 2 violas.
22 October 2013 (Tuesday, at 7:30pm), Meany Theater
A webpage for the concert is here.

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Earle Brown’s Synergy II, the world premiere of Tom Baker’s Shendos No. 12,
and solo percussion works by Bussotti and Stockhausen, with guest Bonnie Whiting Smith.
22 November 2013 (Friday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

An evening of tangos (Piazzolla, etc.) with the Tangabrazo quintet
Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine St.
(Introductory dance lesson for couples, 8:30pm–9:30pm.)
14 February 2014 (Friday, from 10pm–12:30am)

Back-to-back concerts with Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai:
Gubaidulina’s Detto II and Xenakis’s Epicycles, for cello and ensemble,
with guest Séverine Ballon, alongside solo cello works by Lachenmann, Lim, and Dillon.
Cornish College, PONCHO recital hall
20 February 2014 (Thursday, at 8pm), 710 East Roy Street
U.S. premiere of Rebecca Saunders’s Ire, for cello, strings, and percussion,
alongside solo cello works (± electronics) by Jonathan Harvey and Jérémy Jolley.
21 February 2014 (Friday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space

Short Stories, concerto for string quartet and wind orchestra (2013) by Joel Puckett,
with Pamela Liu/Thane Lewis/Michael Center, and Tim Salzman conducting the
UW Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band.
11 March 2014 (Tuesday, at 7:30pm), Meany Theater

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Bruckner, Symphony No. 8
15 March 2014 (Saturday, at 8pm), Holy Rosary, West Seattle

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Brahms, Symphony No. 3; Shostakovich, Festive Overture, and songs by Brahms, Mahler,
Puccini, and Beyer, with guest soprano Alexandra Picard.
26 April 2014 (Saturday, at 8pm), Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Earle Brown’s sextet Tracking Pierrot, Franco Donatoni’s Tema, and the world premiere of
Joël-François Durand’s Tombeau de Rameau II for piano (Cristina Valdés).
13 June 2014 (Friday, at 8pm), Chapel Performance Space
Also an outreach concert:
Donatoni’s Tema, Durand’s solo violin piece Roman, and Cage’s Four for string quartet.
15 June 2014 (Sunday, at 2pm), St. Columba, 26716 Military Road S, in Kent

Tangabrazo outdoors on a perfect summer evening in the heart of downtown Seattle,
at Dancing ’Til Dusk,
7:00pm-9:30pm Tuesday 5 August 2014, Westlake Park, free!



Highlights, 2012-2013 season


Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai, accompanying the Paul Taylor Dance Company
in their piece The Uncommitted (2011).
Music by Arvo Pärt: the piano trio Mozart-Adagio, and the string orchestra works
Summa, Ricercar (from Collage über B-A-C-H), and (with percussion) Fratres.
4, 5, 6 October 2012, UW World Series, Meany Theater

Barber Violin Concerto, with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain.
Also Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture,
and Boundless Horizons by Chris Thomas.
8 February 2013, Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, Wagner’s Entrance of the Gods Into Valhalla,
and arias by Donizetti and Mozart with Cara Gabrielson, soprano.
16 March 2013, Holy Rosary Church/School, 4142 42nd Ave SW, Seattle WA

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. Anthony Spain,
Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1, Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Yuka Sasaki, piano,
and Northern Lights by Clement Reid.
27 April 2013 (Saturday, at 8pm), Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, WA

Seattle Modern Orchestra, dir. Julia Tai,
Kurtág’s ... quasi una fantasia ... with pianist Corey Hamm
and the world premiere of Jérémy Jolley’s EisBerg with pianist Cristina Valdés.
Also Xenakis’s Eonta with Cristina Valdés.
8:00pm Saturday 1 June 2013, Chapel Performance Space

Tangabrazo outdoors on a perfect summer evening in the heart of downtown Seattle,
at Dancing ’Til Dusk,
7:00pm-9:30pm Tuesday 6 August 2013, Westlake Park, free!

cancelled due to bandmate’s broken collarbone