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 beautiful production of Handel’s Serse being the festival kick-off, and also with Henry Lebedinsky and Rom Pokorny representing The Harpsichord Shop at the instrument exhibition, Seattle […]
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 on violins, Elisabeth Reed up from the Bay Area to join us on baroque cello and our regular “house continuo band” of Henry Lebedinsky on harpsichord, […]
As I wrote last month, I am now in New York working on Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, in a large-scale production at the Juilliard School, with Stephen Wadsworth stage directing and Zack Winokur creating the choreography, and for the first time ever, bringing the Vocal Arts department, the Dance department and the Historical Performance department […]
Having completed our highly successful March concert with Reggie Mobley (full house, standing ovation, glowing review) and our recording of virtuoso violin repertoire of the 17th century (Stylus Phantasticus) with soloist Tekla Cunningham and the wonderful recording team at Bastyr, I’m headed to New York for the next month to conduct Rameau’s first operatic masterpiece Hippolyte et Aricie. This […]
Back in Seattle after an epic trip to South Africa, including safaris in magnificent landscapes with myriad animal sightings – some at extremely close quarters – and then two weeks of recording Handel’s Almira in Bremen, we jumped into the middle of the action with our special concert with Reginald L. Mobley last Sunday. Some […]
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. Temperatures are normally in the 90’s here in the summer, but the past few days of 100 plus temperatures have made […]
This first week of December has us doing a series of Underground Concerts under the title Feliz Navidad (Dec. 2 on Whidbey Island, Dec. 3 at Bellevue’s Resonance at SOMA Towers, and Dec. 5 at Naked City Brewery) – giving us yet another opportunity to explore the wonderfully rich repertoire of the Spanish New World from the baroque and […]
Performing Monteverdi’s Orfeo over the past weekend in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver was even more of a thrill than I had anticipated.
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 sister to Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. Both were created in the same creative period for Monteverdi, and the vocal cast and instrumentarium of the two pieces are almost exactly the same.
August has been beautiful, including very satisfying concerts on Whidbey Island and Vancouver with our PMW house band featuring Tess Altiveros and Danielle Sampson as soprano soloists in a gorgeous repertoire of music from Latin America. We will have the gang back together for two quickly approaching events, a fun and informal season preview party […]