August news

August has been glorious weather in Seattle, with the exception of recent smoky days from nearby wildfires. After finishing the Whidbey Island Music Festival concerts and the run-out to

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July news

The Berkeley Festival in early June was a delightful opportunity to present our New World program: Missions and Mysteries to a really appreciative and attentive audience, and with SHAK’s

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Post-Holiday Wrap

We were delighted to have soprano Amanda Forsythe back with us for our program called Roman Holiday. The “back-up band” was equally spectacular with Ingrid Matthews joining Tekla Cunningham

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Review: Roman Holiday

An evening with Stephen Stubbs and the terrific performers of Pacific MusicWorks always gives you more than you could have expected or hoped for. This imaginative program - 'Roman Holiday: Young Handel's Italian Adventures' - not only gave the audience a wonderful evening of music, but it educated the listener in Handel's early influences, his germinating ideas, the influence of the Roman Arcadian Academy on the development of baroque opera and oratorio, and, as always, a visual education on how baroque music looks as well as sounds.

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Review: Roman Holiday

Last Sunday, May 13, Seattle had the opportunity to hear soprano Amanda Forsythe, a specialist in Baroque style and singing technique, performing Handel cantatas, while just a little earlier in the month Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva, also steeped in Baroque style and singing technique, had sung Handel as well as Vivaldi. It was a fascinating experience to hear two very different, equally fine voices of the same range in the same style in such close juxtaposition.

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Review: Countertenor Reginald Mobley Awes with Music of American Black Composers

St. Mark’s Cathedral was full Sunday afternoon to hear the young, remarkable countertenor Reginald Mobley, presented by Pacific MusicWorks. The performance, titled “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” celebrated black voices in American music over the past 200 years.

Mobley possesses a deep understanding of not only black music but of the baroque countertenor literature — and it took only a few notes for listeners to recognize they were in the presence of a rare vocal talent.

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Happy 2018!

Happy New Year from sunny South Africa! Maxine, Hannah, Julianna and I are enjoying a long-overdue family reunion with the added luxury of having a second summer in the midst of our own winter.

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Up next: L’Orfeo

Dear friends, This month we look forward to our concert performances of Monteverdi’s first operatic masterpiece, L’Orfeo, in Vancouver, Portland and Seattle. I have always regarded Orfeo as a secular

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