The past two weeks have been a classical music pile up. Orchestras, ensembles, and soloists crashing into one another. This weekend is poised to be busy too. Jane Harty kicks off a season of Music Northwest in West Seattle with a tribute to Chopin. Onyx Chamber Players are doing Schumann on Saturday. Geoffrey Larson and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra are back for a new season. Their season opener is at the PACCAR Pavilion. Stravinsky’s Octet and Beethoven’s Second Symphony are on the program. Opus 7 performs choral works of Barber, Schuman, and Schumann on Saturday. Music of Remembrance does Bloch, Schulhoff and Schonefield’s Sparks of Glory for their first free concert of the season. The early music Gallery Concerts series kicks off this weekend too. FINALLY, the Tudor Choir does a themed concert ‘Songs of War and Heaven’ at the Moore Theater.
Stephen Wadsworth is getting praise for his last minute contribution to the new Met Opera production of Boris Godunov. The Met chose Mussorgsky’s revised version for this production. In Detroit, the strike continues with the DSO canceling more concerts. Drew McManus has a nice round up of the strike/social media/Sarah Chang situation. In case you haven’t been following, Sarah Chang had planned on doing a solo recital in Detroit, but after pressure from musicians and their union she canceled.
I’ve been remiss to mention the passing of Joan Sutherland, but Seattle Opera has a nice tribute, and they even posted a video of Sutherland performing Lucia’s famous ‘mad’ scene.