Quarter notes: Louis Andriessen and Handel

Louis Andriessen

Lot’s of interesting stuff happening this week in Seattle.  Dutch minimalist started a short residency at Cornish on Monday.  Andriessen’s Seattle stop concludes Wednesday with a recital where six pieces by the composer will receive their Seattle debut.  This weekend Jan Harty continues her Music Northwest series.  Her programs are always some of the most interesting around.  Saturday’s performance is no different.  The French horn takes center stage with a program anchored by Brahms but surrounded by pieces by Francaix, Feldman, and Amram.  A more traditional program accompanies the Onyx Chamber Players on Sunday; it’s all Beethoven for James Garlick, Meg Brennard, and David White.

The American Handel Festival starts this week too.  It starts with  Seattle Symphony concert of Handel arias led by Nicholas McGeegan.  The festival ends 16 days later with a performance by Ingrid Matthews and her Seattle Baroque Orchestra.  In between is a Handel smorgasbord.  A new one man opera — the Man in the Mirror — gets its premiere during the festival.  Composer Ben Bernstein holds a master class today at Seattle University (1:30 pm in the Vashon Room).  Evening Prayer, a piece Handel wrote for the Catholic Church, will fill the air at Our Lady of Fatima church.  Melvin Butler and Alan DuPey will warm the pipes of St. James’ organ with Handel organ concerti. Pro Musica does the Dixit Dominus, Early Music Guild puts on Bach’s St. John Passion, and Pacific Musicworks stages Esther.

I forgot a concert. Seattle Chamber Player concerts always look good to me and their upcoming performance is no exceptions. The group is bringing back Polish soprano Agata Zubel for a performance Thursday evening at the Good Shepherd Center.  You might remember Zubel from her performance of Gyorgy Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments during last year’s Ice Breaker festival. Among the pieces on the program this year, Zubel will sing Kaija Saariaho’s Changing Light for soprano and flute and Laura Deluca and Mikhail Shmidt will play Estonian composer Helena Tulve’s work Island for clarinet and violin.


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