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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

Vivaldi & Telemann

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Israel’s Avi Avital is leading a glorious revival of the mandolin in classical music, fueled by his “deep musicality” and “eye-watering virtuosity” (The New York Times). Playing music from the instrument’s first heyday in the 18th century, Avital’s rapid-fire plucks and sensuous strums leave no doubt as to why Vivaldi and others in his wake were attracted to this small but mighty instrument with a penetrating tone. The mandolin plays particularly well with others, a strength exploited in the fascinating Sinfonia concertante by Leopold Koželuch, Mozart’s peer and rival in Vienna. This group showcase for trumpet, mandolin, piano and bass explores the folksy charms and elegant strides of four unlikely partners.

*Please note that there is no pre-concert wine tasting at this 12 Noon concert.

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Friday, 3 May, 2019 12:00PM

Holst The Planets

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The spark of inspiration shines bright in foggy London! From the symphony Joseph Haydn wrote to dazzle his British fans to the electrifying new voice of young Hannah Kendall, London has long been at the center of the orchestral world. No British composer cast his sights further than Gustav Holst, who gave us a rich-hued, mystical view of the solar system in The Planets. The celestial bodies display their true selves more clearly than any telescope could ever reveal: you’ll tremble at the frightful war drums of Mars, flutter with winged Mercury and sink into the shimmering mystery of icy Neptune as each godlike planet orbits past your ears.

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Thursday, 6 June, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 8 June, 2019 8:00PM

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Sunday, 9 June, 2019 2:00PM

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

Ludovic Morlot Conducts Debussy

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It’s Ludovic Morlot’s final appearance as Music Director, and he is throwing a party for the ages. In Debussy’s gorgeous Nocturnes, clouds drift off, festivals flash and fade away, and the shimmering sea beckons with the seductive call of the Sirens. For Janáček, the king of Czech opera, composing the choral work The Eternal Gospel offered an outlet for timeless themes of love and peace that transcend any language or faith. Bon voyage, Ludo, and thanks for the inspiration you have brought to us all.

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Thursday, 20 June, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 22 June, 2019 8:00PM

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Sunday, 23 June, 2019 2:00PM

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