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Northwest Sinfonietta announces a 2012/13 season full of high-flying soloists and Cuban collaborations in Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup

The Northwest Sinfonietta at the Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos, Cuba. Courtesy photo.

The recession must indeed be over if local chamber groups like the Northwest Sinfonietta are confidently planning a season full of international collaborations, A-grade soloists and world premiere compositions. That’s what’s in store for NWS audiences in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup, with soloists such as Awadagin Pratt and Cecile Licad, two performances with Cuban musicians and a range of composers from Mozart to Kodály.

“What’s not to like?” says NWS executive director Neil Birnbaum, and he’s right, especially if you’re a fan of the way the Tacoma-based chamber orchestra used to program its concerts pre-recession – with unusual works and stylish programs. Heading up the whole season is a performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, the Choral, featuring a dream line-up of soloists for this beloved work that the Tacoma Symphony is also playing this May: Jennifer Bromagen, Sarah Mattox, Stephen Rumph and the rafter-shaking Clayton Brainerd, along with PLU’s Choral Union. Also on the program is Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. Why? Because augmenting the NWS are musicians from Cuba, playing side-by-side with American musicians for the first time in this country since the Cuban revolution, thanks to the Sinfonietta’s bridge-building Cuba tour in January. Read more »