Quarter notes: summer edition

Summer is finally in full swing. Seattle is warming up. We are in the thick of the summer chamber festival. And, the new symphony seasons are still a few months away. Even though the number of classical performances have thinned out, it doesn’t mean there aren’t events worth mentioning or worth seeking out.

The biggest event after the chamber festival is Seattle Opera’s new production of Tristan und Isolde. Seattle’s a Wagner town and Speight Jenkins and company are back this summer with Wagner’s epic love story. Seattle Opers offers Tristan veterans and newcomers alike plenty of insightful information about the opera on the Seattle Opera website and You Tube. For instance, check out this video of Asher Fisch the conductor for the new production.

Local composer and Esoterics music director Eric Banks is on the rise nationally. The Esoterics have been invited to perform at 2011 ACDA conference in Chicago and Banks is in the thick of writing new commissions for performances at Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center.

In other choral news, Robert Bode and Choral Arts have won the prestigious American Prize in choral performance. Pro Musica, another local favorite, snagged second place.

City Journal is out with a piece making a case for now being the golden age of classical music. There might be more music being made, of higher quality than ever before, but I am not sure if matters when our culture doesn’t seem as supportive of serious music as it used to be. More music doesn’t mean anything if people aren’t listening.

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