Music–just like books–can tell stories.

Matthias Maute

Matthias Maute, SBO Guest Director, photo by Bill Blackstone

When Seattle Baroque Orchestra performs The American Dream on November 1st, the story of how music found its way onto the “new” continent will be featured. And the program also to some degree contains the story of how guest conductor Matthias Maute himself moved from Europe to Canada. Just like Louise Erdrich in her famous novel “The Master Butchers Singing Club” refers to the German American cultural tradition.

Here is the story of this excellent book :
Fidelis, a butcher by trade, leaves Germany by himself to emigrate to the United States in order to escape the immense poverty brought on by the Great war. He plans to travel to Seattle to set up a new life for his family, paying his way by selling German sausages (That’s quite a way to get a trip financed!). However his funds and sausages run out in Argus, North Dakota…

And here is the question: Did guest conductor Matthias Maute sell sausages when he moved from Stuttgart (Germany) across the Atlantic to Montreal? The answer will be revealed on November 1st.

Read the book and come listen to The American Dream with SBO!

Upcoming Events:

Spirit of '76

Spirit of ’76

Seattle Baroque Orchestra: The American Dream
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Town Hall Seattle
8:00 p.m.

Matthias Maute, guest director
Shannon Mercer, soprano

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Constantinople and Soprano Suzie LeBlanc:
Metamorfosi Musicali

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Town Hall Seattle
8:00 p.m.

Italian Baroque looks East.

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Ebola Relief Concert

Ebola Relief Concert

Ebola Relief Concert: A Musical Response
Monday, November 24, 2014
Town Hall Seattle
7:30 p.m.

Free event: Plague is a shared human experience. Throughout history it has inspired artists to create works that reflect our fears, despair, loss, hope, and redemption. This concert presents the musical response of Medieval European composers such as Machaut, Landini, and Dufay alongside readings and songs from West Africa. Join us as we move forward in hope.

The audience will be invited to make a free-will donation to support the activities of Doctors Without Borders in West Africa. For additional information, please call Early Music Guild at (206) 325-7066.


Constantinople, photo by Jocelyn Michel

Join us for the 2014-2015 Season

Be transported! Great music provides the beauty and truth that inspires and uplifts us. We invite you to join us for a season of concerts by artists dedicated to authentic performance traditions, which offer a unique viewpoint for familiar works and introduce us to music that is new and challenging to our ears.

The International Series presents the greatest early music performers from around the globe, and 2014-15 offers an exceptional mix. We are pleased to announce the return of Musica Ficta (Valencia) and Chanticleer (San Francisco) as we introduce three ensembles new to our series, Constantinople and Pallade Musica (Montreal) and a special new collaboration with colleagues in Victoria and Vancouver BC to present Handel’s monumental oratorio masterpiece, Theodora.

The Seattle Baroque Orchestra is Seattle’s premier period instrumental ensemble, known for its brilliance and virtuosity. This season the Orchestra will conclude its search for a new Music Director, presenting concerts by three final candidates: Matthias Maute, Eric Milnes, and Julie Andrijeski. The director search has been an energizing journey for the Seattle Baroque Orchestra as well as the audience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity; we want your input as we chart the future for SBO. The Orchestra’s season will conclude with a stirring performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with guest leader/soloist Carrie Krause.

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