Leon Fleisher, one of classical music’s most enduring pianists, is coming to Tacoma for a recital. April 19 is the day. Pantages Theater is the place. Fleisher is out with a new CD of Mozart piano concertos – his first “two hand” recording in 40 years. Fleisher lost the use of his right hand for many years because of focal dystonia. He returned to playing two-hand repertoire only recently. This will be a very special recital. Readers of The Gathering Note can enter to win a pair of tickets to the recital (courtesy of the Tacoma Philharmonic) and his new CD of Mozart piano concertos (courtesy of Sony) by signing up to receive Twitter updates. All you have to do is click here and follow the instructions for joining Twitter. Or, over on the right side of this page, you can use the Twitter widget to join. Updates will be delivered to your e-mail or cell phone. Or neither.
Dennis Russell Davies kicks off a two week residency with the Seattle Symphony next week. In addition to conducting the orchestra, Davies will also be performing a recital of music for two pianos with Maki Namekawa including Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Brahms’s Piano Quintet as arranged for two pianos.
On April 17, Simple Measures begins their Spring series of shows. The Simple Measures gang is joined by acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. Simple Measures is chamber music at its most intimate. This is one of next weekend’s most appealing events because of the chance to hear and see Kondonassis play up close and personal. The Simple Measures crew also produced a video previewing the concert. You can watch the clip below.
Music of Remembrance musicians will play Steve Reich’s Different Trains at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford on April 18. The concert is free and this compelling and engaging piece for quartet and tape will be played by some of my favorite musicians: Walter Gray, cello; Elisa Barston, violin; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; and Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola.
Down in Tacoma, the Tacoma Symphony will bring to life an orchestral suite from Bizet’s opera Carmen and Richard Strauss’s wicked Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome. The concert concludes with Carl Orff’s most popular composition Carmina Burana.
Finally, the Lake Union Civic Orchestra is bringing even more music for the harp to Seattle audiences by performing Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with Alexis Odell playing the harp. This hard-working community orchestra is also playing Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Cleverly, Chagnard begins the concert with Weber’s overture to Der Freischutz.