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Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities

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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

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

Brahms Concerto Festival 2

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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). The understated and elegant virtuosity of Brahms himself shines through in the Second Piano Concerto, his own calling card at the keyboard. The power of Brahms resonates in every corner of the world, as demonstrated by this all-star lineup of international soloists representing Canada, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

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Friday, 10 May, 2019 8:00PM

Strauss Till Eulenspiegel

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Hold on to your hay cart — the fabled trickster Till Eulenspiegel is back at his merry pranks! Richard Strauss takes us on a wild ride with music’s most lovable troublemaker. The effervescent Oboe Concerto revisits Strauss 50 years later, after he befriended an American soldier and oboe virtuoso in Germany at the end of World War II. Seattle Symphony Principal Oboe Mary Lynch comes front and center for a fresh reading of this alluring showpiece. In Jeux, Debussy fleshes out a kinetic tableau of tennis and other flirtatious games. The radiant Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin shines the spotlight on Wagner and his explosive, futuristic approach to the orchestra that impacted both Strauss and Debussy so profoundly.

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Thursday, 13 June, 2019 7:30PM

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Friday, 14 June, 2019 12:00PM

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Saturday, 15 June, 2019 8:00PM

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