by the Seattle Chamber Music Society performers Nurit Bar-Josef, James Ehnes, Rebecca Albers, Julie Albers, Andrew Russo, Jordan Anderson, Jeffrey Fair.
Variations on 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' for Piano Trio, Op. 121a and
Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563.
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This summer, the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is pleased to present 12 (!) concerts programmed by Artistic Director, James Ehnes .
The Summer Festival runs from June 29-July 26 and features a number of
exciting ensembles, including string quartets by Shostakovitch,
Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Barber, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (piano, four hand version).
The composer's note: “When Mark Twain first visited New York City, he spoke of
a “domed and steepled solitude, where a stranger is lonely among a million of
his race.” The first movement of Sanctuary pits overwhelming clamor against
quiet introspection -- the initial tempo indication is Tranquillo vs. furioso – gradually subsiding into gently rolling
“Many of us have felt the seductive nature of speed (the
state of motion, not the amphetamine), whether found in running shoes, in the
air, in amusement park rides, on the highways. Leaving the rest of the world in
a blur enables us to find, if only briefly, a sense of repose and wonder. The
second movement, Winged Sandals, celebrates speed in a scherzo named for the
conveyance favored by Mercury, the swift messenger god of ancient Rome.”
“Scents and Recollection traces the path from sensory
experience to memory, so lovingly described by Proust in À la recherche du
temps perdu. A single note blossoms into a many-voiced aria from a bygone era,
leading to the peaceful, rocking harmonies that concluded the first movement.”
“All life ends, but life itself endures. As we ponder our
individual fates, we can’t help but seek reassurance in the consistent rhythms
coursing through the vessels of our mortality. A Reliable Pulse finds refuge
from darkest fears in the steady but fragile patterns of life: a beating heart,
an exuberant dance.” See a video of Lawrence Dillon speaking about the new work