For Immediate Release
Hayley Woldseth, 206 325-7066,

Early Music Guild season begins October 12

(August 22, 2013) – The Early Music Guild’s 2013-2014 season features a musically stunning array of main stage presentations through its signature International Series and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra (SBO).

SBO opens the season with Musica Transalpina; lead by guest director and violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, on October 12, 2013 at Town Hall Seattle, 8:00 p.m. Blumenstock is the first of four stars to join SBO as guest directors for the 2013-2014 season. Others will include Rachel Barton Pine (violin soloist, Ensemble Settecento, Earthen Grave), Kevin Mallon (Aradia Ensemble, Toronto Chamber Orchestra), and Alexander Weimann (Pacific Baroque Orchestra, harpsichord soloist).

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.

Musica Transalpina celebrates the virtuosity in instrumental music, both in Italy and across the Alps in Germany, which was inspired by the passionate and brilliant vocal style of 17th-century Italian opera. The program includes sonatas for solo violin, duos and trios, and various sonatas for the full ensemble, composed by Castello, Uccellini, Turini, Biber, and Schmelzer.

The 2013-2014 International Series includes five of the world’s greatest early music ensembles: Lucidarium (Italy) performing Jewish Renaissance music, Blue Heron (Boston, USA) at St James Cathedral with medieval English music for the holidays, The King’s Singers (UK) performing works of Josquin des Prez, Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI (Spain) with a program from colonial Mexico, and Ensemble Caprice directed by recorder virtuoso Matthias Maute (Canada) performing their prize winning “Salsa Baroque”.

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. Preconcert lectures are held at 7:00 p.m. and open to ticket holders at no additional cost. Visit the “press” tab on to download press photos. For tickets and additional Early Music Guild information visit or call (206) 325-7066.

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