As the summer festival season winds down there are two notable concerts this weekend. The first is a benefit concert this Saturday at Green Lake Methodist Church. The program starts at 7 pm and highlights chamber music by Brahms, Schumann, and features the world premiere of a new piano quartet by local composer Anthony DiLorenzo.
DiLorenzo is both an accomplished trumpeter and composer. As a soloist he has played with the Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic to name a few. His compositions have earned him an Emmy Award. DiLorenzo’s compositions have been played by the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the New World Symphony.
All of the proceeds from this concert will benefit youth at risk scholarships in memory of Daniel Gilbert who was murdered a few years ago. More information on the concert can be found here.
On the other side of Lake Washington, Lyric Opera Northwest is bringing in Eduardo Villa for a performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci.” Villa, a Los Angeles native, is one of the most sought after tenors singing today and performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera. Villa’s career in opera came later than most. For a time he did stand-up comedy, sang in a synagogue, and even performed in commercials. It wasn’t until he was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1982 that he decided to pursue an opera career.
With the Ring wrapping up on Sunday, the “Cav” and “Pag” double billing are a perfect palate cleanser and a good prelude for the Seattle Opera’s upcoming Verdi heavy season.
You can find more information and buy tickets here.