Lots and lots of music this weekend. Some of the highlights include David Popper playing cello a number of fine, local instrumentalists playing David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Dvorak’s Dumky trio as part of Music Northwest’s concert series. Schwarz and the SSO play Carl Orff’s much loved Carmina Burana. The Onyx Chamber Players are doing a Haydn tribute in La Connor. Paul Taub is celebrating 30 years living and performing in Seattle with a flute recital at Cornish. I will be at this concert. Plenty of interesting music on the program from Henry Brandt, Wayne Horvitz and others. The Puget Sound Symphony starts another ambitious season with a concert including the Helios Overture by Nielsen and Barber’s First Symphony. A new contributor to TGN – Nicole Secula plays trumpet in the PSSO – if you can, go support this energetic, local ensemble. Simple Measures ends their Earth series this weekend with performances at the Fremont Abbey. Canadian pianist Robert Silverman plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Philharmonia Northwest. I have never heard this orchestra play, but friendly sources tell me they are good and Silverman is an exceptional pianist. The Seattle Philharmonic also has a concer this weekend. SSO pianist Kimberly Russ plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G in a program of mostly lesser known music by Ravel and Debussy. In addition to conducting the Phil, Adam Stern is subbing for
playing alongside Russ with the SSO, playing the piano part for Carmina Burana. The Northwest Sinfonietta continues its season in Tacoma and Seattle with a Mozart and Beethoven program punctuated by Craig Sheppard performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 – an underperformed masterpiece. Finally, the Seattle Youth Symphony tackles Tchaikovsky’s angst ridden Fourth Symphony. The Fourth is my favorite of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies. It never fails to move me.