Quarter notes: Anton Batagov, Jun Iwasaki, and the Seattle Symphony

Pianist and composer Anton Batagov.

Pianist and composer Anton Batagov.

After a lengthy Ring hangover, the new classical music season is upon us and I am back to blogging. The Seattle Symphony kicked off their season this weekend with a gala celebration, before that they paired three mini-concerts with wine tasting. The orchestra’s subscription season gets underway in earnest next week, with Gerard Schwarz leading the orchestra in Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Orli Shaham and Jon Kimura Parker. The evening ends with Brahms’s evergreen First Symphony.

The Pacific Northwest Ballet also begins a run of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet the same weekend Orli Shaham and Jon Kimura Parker are dazzling Benaroya audiences.

On September 29th the acclaimed Russian pianist and composer Anton Batagov makes his Seattle debut and will give his first public performance in twelve years. Batagov’s recital will happen at the Chapel Performance Space in the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Batagov has been described as a Russian Terry Riley. Batagov has written extensively for Russian film and television. The recital program will include film and television music as well as some of his non-soundtrack compositions for piano.

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