Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall: Spirit of the Viol

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:30 PM
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall

Special concert added: A solo recital including music familiar from the film, Tous les matins du monde.

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Musicians on the 2015-16 Early Music Guild series

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Mark your calendars now for EMG’s 2015-16 concert season. It’s an exciting lineup on every level as Alexander Weimann takes the helm of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and the International Series sees the return of Jordi Savall, Stile Antico, and Piffaro, the Seattle debut of Bach Collegium Japan, and a holiday performance of Praetorius Christmas Vespers.

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Seattle in Boston

A review of local artists featured at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival

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The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), founded in 1981, has earned a place among the preeminent early music events in the world. Seattle was well represented at the 18th iteration of this biennial festival, which closed on June 14th.

Alexander Weimann, Seattle Baroque Orchestra’s newly appointed music director, was featured in no fewer than four festival programs. Among these, his recital of Bach works for violin and harpsichord with Monica Huggett — the first such collaboration between the two artists — was singled out for special notice in a New York Times festival review. EMG concertgoers will be treated to a repeat performance at Town Hall in January…

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The festival centerpiece was the production of the three surviving Monteverdi operas — L’Orfeo, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Congratulations to Stephen Stubbs, musical co-director with Paul O’Dette, for the compelling, widely praised performances of these foundational masterpieces. The outstanding instrumental ensemble included Seattle’s Maxine Eilander, while ten-year-old soprano Hannah Rose Stubbs strode the boards with great aplomb as one of Penelope’s maids-in-waiting.

After Sunday afternoon’s Poppea, some Seattleites shared reminiscences over dinner about the pioneering Poppea produced by EMG in 2007 with soprano Yulia Van Doren in the title role in her professional opera debut and tenor Ross Hauck stepping into the role of Nerone on a few days’ notice. The erotic urgency they brought to Monteverdi’s score in the simple staging and intimate setting of the former Intiman (now Cornish) Playhouse was perhaps even more powerful than in the grander Boston version.

Early Music America schedules its annual meeting and awards ceremony to coincide with BEMF. At this year’s ceremony, Shulamit Kleinerman was presented with the Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, which Shula directs, brought its production of Handel’s Alcina to Boston. EMG is proud to have sponsored development and presentation of this program at Town Hall and two Seattle schools in 2014.

Masaaki Suzuki, who will bring his renowned Bach Collegium Japan to Town Hall this October for EMG’s International Series, directed the combined Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard 415 orchestra, chorus, and soloists in a stunning all-Bach program of two cantatas and the D minor Concerto for Two Violins with soloists Davina Clarke and Carrie Krause. Carrie performs regularly with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, appearing most recently in April as guest director and soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Byron Schenkman, co-founder and past co-director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, offered a well received recital of Bach keyboard works with fellow harpsichordist Ignacio Prego.

EMG was officially represented at BEMF this year by Executive Director Gus Denhard and Board President JoLynn Edwards, and Seattle was very much present in the audience. Joan Catoni Conlon counted 21 Seattle attendees, not including Shula’s “Kids” (and their parents!). Joan and her singers recently returned from their Via Monteverdi Festival Tour to three Italian cities, preceded by a preview concert and sendoff at Trinity Episcopal Church last month in EMG’s Northwest Showcase series.



Jordi Savall, photo by David Ignaszewski

Masaaki Suzuki, photo by Marco Borggreve / Stile Antico, photo by Marco Borggreve / Alexander Weimann, photo by Jan Gates / David Fallis, photo courtesy of The Toronto Consort / Monica Huggett, photo by Torsten Kjellstrand

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