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In the Spotlight: Heiner Goebbels

Octave 9 >

Step into the energetic, immersive landscape of Germany’s Heiner Goebbels, a genre-bending composer and artist who makes every piece of music a theatrical sensation. Live performances of Goebbels’ intensely virtuosic chamber music are framed by visuals and sounds and fascinating conversation with the artist.

Heiner Goebbels, composer
Featuring baritone David Moss, pianist Cristina Valdés and Seattle Symphony musicians

HEINER GOEBBELS: Under Construction
HEINER GOEBBELS: Bagatellen
HEINER GOEBBELS: Surrogate

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Monday, 22 April, 2019 7:30PM

Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities

Masterworks Series >

Surrogate Cities, a multimedia extravaganza by the German composer and theater artist Heiner Goebbels, studies the essence of a modern metropolis — its people, its power structures and its place in a changing world — with the world premiere of a new piece woven into Surrogate Cities. The music, like the city itself, is both organic and structured, a blur of human and machine-made sounds enhanced with striking visual effects. Texts by Paul Auster and Hugo Hamilton, two of the great novelists of urban life, supply a gritty script. Vocalist Jocelyn B. Smith brings the sultry intimacy of a cabaret singer, and David Moss delivers an explosive vocal performance that ranges from laconic film noir narration to hallucinogenic outbursts. As our city continues its rapid transformation, this timely performance offers surprising new angles of self-reflection.

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Thursday, 25 April, 2019 7:30PM

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Friday, 26 April, 2019 8:00PM

American Horizons

Octave 9 >

Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence and clarinetist Derek Bermel curates an evening of music by some of today’s most ambitious American voices, featuring world premieres of new works composed for Octave 9 and performances by Seattle Symphony musicians.

VARÈSE: Poème Électronique
STEVE REICH: Vermont Counterpoint
NINA C. YOUNG: Spero Lucem
KALEY LANE EATON: New Work (World Premiere)
MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN: Sedna, Beneath the Sea
MASON BATES: White Lies for Lomax
DEREK BERMEL: Nine Revolutions (World Premiere)

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Sunday, 28 April, 2019 6:00PM

Vivaldi & Telemann

Baroque and Wine >

Avi Avital’s rapid-fire plucks and sensuous strums leave no doubt as to why Vivaldi and others were attracted to the small but mighty mandolin.

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Friday, 3 May, 2019 8:00PM

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Saturday, 4 May, 2019 8:00PM

Brahms Concerto Festival 1

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Brahms speaks to us in a timeless and universal language, delivered through compositions that balance the rigors of precise craft with the freedom of soaring emotions. His complete concertos provide a revealing view of this complete artist, beginning with the breakthrough First Piano Concerto inspired by his beloved Clara Schumann, and stretching to Brahms’ final orchestral score, the Double Concerto written for his longtime friend, violinist Joseph Joachim (who also inspired the luxurious Violin Concerto).

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Thursday, 9 May, 2019 7:30PM

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