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 […]
Music All Over The Place (In Seattle, That Is)
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 […]
Four dramatic Advent cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach trace the journey to Christmas through prophecy, anticipation, and, ultimately, hope. The story comes to life through some of Bach’s most beautiful music, from the contemplative to the celebratory, full of memorable melodies and colorful musical tapestries. This extraordinary program features the voices of soprano Tess Altiveros, […]
Performing Monteverdi’s Orfeo over the past weekend in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver was even more of a thrill than I had anticipated.
Voices Soar Like Larks at Pacific MusicWorks’ Steffani Concert
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 […]