For Immediate Release
Hayley Woldseth, 206 325-7066, email@example.com
Seattle Baroque Orchestra explores musical connections across the Alps
(September 6, 2013) – Seattle Baroque Orchestra opens the 2013-2014 Early Music Guild season on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8:00 p.m. with Musica Transalpina at Town Hall Seattle. Guest Director Elizabeth Blumenstock will lead the Orchestra.
Widely regarded as a violinist of compelling verve and eloquence, Elizabeth Blumenstock is a regular concertmaster with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Göttingen Händelfestspiel Orchestra, and Il Complesso Barocco (Italy). She has also performed with the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Los Angeles Opera, and Carmel Bach Festival.
European music underwent great change in the early 17th century as the idea of art being human-centered and not strictly divine took root. Musica Transalpina explores the connections and instrumental virtuosity which developed in Italy and across the Alps in Germany and central Europe during this time. The music is novel, full of contrast, and imbued with the excitement of finding a new direction; while still reflecting the distinct musical cultures south and north of the Alps. Musica Transalpina includes sonatas for solo violin, duos and trios, and various sonatas for the full ensemble, composed by Castello, Uccellini, Turini, Biber, Rossi, Schmelzer, and others.
Seattle Baroque Orchestra has a reputation as one of the country’s most vibrant early music ensembles. The group has appeared across North America from California to Vermont, been featured extensively on National Public Radio, and garnered rave reviews for its six recordings, while winning loyal fans in Seattle for the excitement and intimacy of their live performances.
Blumenstock is the first of four stars to join SBO as guest director for the 2013-2014 season. Others will include violinist Rachel Barton Pine (Ensemble Settecento, Earthen Grave), conductor Kevin Mallon (Aradia Ensemble, Toronto Chamber Orchestra), and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann (Pacific Baroque Orchestra).
Early Music Guild is a non-profit arts organization committed to advance Seattle’s appreciation for music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century by providing historically informed performances, support, and education.
Tickets are $42, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and patrons under 25, and $25 for side sections. A preconcert lecture with Blumenstock will be held at 7:00 p.m. and is open to ticket holders at no additional cost. For tickets and additional Early Music Guild information visit www.earlymusicguild.org or call (206) 325-7066.
The full program, notes, director biographies, and photos are available online at www.earlymusicguild.org/press/sbo/.