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Tag: Northwest Sinfonietta


Marié Rossano takes over from Schubert as the main attraction at Northwest Sinfonietta concerts in Tacoma and Puyallup

Move over, Schubert: Marié Rossano has arrived. During concerts at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater and Puyallup’s Pioneer Park Pavilion last weekend the Northwest Sinfonietta learned the hard way that the 17-year-old prodigy violinist Rossano was far and away the headline attraction over classical greats Beethoven and Schubert, causing audiences to give standing ovations midway through pieces and leave in droves right after her performance.

Rossano, a Seattle teenager who already studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and who wowed Sinfonietta audiences two years ago with her rendition of the Brahms double concerto with cellist Julian Schwarz, deserves her

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Critic’s picks: Northwest Sinfonietta, “Hide/Seek” at Tacoma Art Museum, Click Flick at The Grand and Tito Puente Jr. at the Rialto

Northwest Sinfonietta does Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Schubert

Young violin prodigy Marié Rossano returns to play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Northwest Sinfonietta this weekend. Other pieces on the program are Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture and Schubert’s Symphony no. 4, the “Tragic.” 7:30 p.m. tonight (Seattle), March 17 (Tacoma) and 2 p.m. March 18 (Puyallup.) $19-$49. Benaroya Hall, 100 University St., Seattle/Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma/Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. 888-356-6040, nwsinfonietta.org

“Hide/Seek” opens at Tacoma Art Museum

The controversial GLBT American portraiture show “Hide/Seek” opens at Tacoma Art Museum this weekend, with a curator talk and opening party Saturday. Taken down at the Smithsonian last year after patron complaints, it nevertheless received wide acclaim for the quality and diversity of gay and lesbian-themed artwork in multiple media. Curator talk 2 p.m. March 17 ($15/$10/$5). Opening celebration 7-10 p.m. March 17 ($25 advance/$35 at door/free for members). Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays through June 10. $10/$8/free for under-five and third Thursdays 5-8 p.m. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org Read more »


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 »


Critic’s Picks: Canonici in Old Town Tacoma, Tacoma Opera at Theatre on the Square, Northwest Sinfonietta at the Rialto and Gauguin at Seattle Art Museum

Canonici. Courtesy photo.

Canonici sings Renaissance love songs

Step back to Valentine’s Day in 1550 with a cappella group Canonici, who present “Plaisir d’Amour: The Pleasure of Love” as part of the free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series. The program includes Renaissance love songs in English, French and Italian. 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Free, all ages. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135, classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Kurt Weill with Tacoma Opera

Tacoma Opera’s annual Young Artists’ performances this weekend offer a cabaret version of music by Kurt Weill, the 20th-century German composer and enormous stage influence, with works like “The Threepenny Opera.” Cast members include Celeste Godin, Woong Kim, Ksenia Popova, Bryan Hiroto Stenson and Heather Weirich. 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Feb. 12. $30. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: University of Puget Sound string quartet concert, Prairie Line art tour, Northwest Sinfonietta at Tacoma’s Rialto and William Doppman at First Lutheran

Violist Heather Bentley, soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Courtesy photo.

Northwest Sinfonietta contrasts Mozart and Salieri

The Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra debunks the legend of infamous classical-era rivals Mozart and Salieri in a concert featuring both composers this weekend, with soloists Adam LaMotte on violin and Heather Bentley on viola. Also on the program: Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 (Seattle), 12 (Tacoma) and 2 p.m. Nov. 13 (Puyallup.) $19-$49/$10 student rush. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma; Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. 888-356-6040, www.northwestsinfonietta.org

String quartet concert at UPS

Maria Sampen and Tim Christie (violin), Joyce Ramée (viola) and David Requiro (cello) will play string quartets by Beethoven, Copland and Brahms tonight as part of the University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen concert series. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Union Ave., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, ups.universitytickets.com, www.pugetsound.edu

Take the Prairie Line tour for art

The City of Tacoma is busy planning installation art for the proposed $5.83 million Prairie Line Trail downtown, a 2013 rails-to-trails project which will run along the former railway line that connected Tacoma to the rest of America in the 19th century. Find out what’ll be there (and see some temporary art) this Saturday on a free tour. 2 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. Begins Tollefson Plaza, 1700 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. www.cityoftacoma.org

William Doppman plays for Second City series

The next Second City Chamber Series concert features organization co-founder and pianist William Doppman in recital, playing Schubert. 4 p.m. Nov. 13. $20/$10. First Lutheran Church, 524 S. I St., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org Read more »


Tacoma’s Northwest Sinfonietta has been licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for a 10-day tour of Cuba this January

Cienfuegos street scene. Image courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

It’s official – the Tacoma-based Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra has been licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for a 10-day, two-city tour of Cuba in January, 2012. The 10-member ensemble will be only the third orchestra to visit Cuba since the country’s 1959 revolution, due to U.S. government embargoes on trade with Cuba, and will be focusing its stay on cultural relations with Tacoma’s sister-city, Cienfuegos, offering workshops and performing side by side with local musicians.

“Music has the ability to transcend ethnic, cultural, social and ideological boundaries,” said Christophe Chagnard, the Sinfonietta’s musical director and co-founder. “This unique exchange will open vast horizons and enrich the lives of all involved.”

Cienfuegos' Teatro Tomas Terry. Image courtesy Northwest Sinfonietta.

The tour, which runs January 19-29, begins with two days of cultural activities in the capital of Havana before moving to Cienfuegos, in the country’s south. Read more »


Seattle Symphony director Gerard Schwarz to conduct 2012 gala finale for Northwest Sinfonietta, with his son Julian as soloist

Conductor Gerard Schwarz. Photo: Yuen Lui.

The Tacoma-based Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra has just announced that Gerard Schwarz, outgoing artistic director of the Seattle Symphony, will be guest conductor for a gala season finale in June, 2012. On the program is the Dohnányi Concert Piece for cello and orchestra, with Schwarz‘ son Julian as soloist.

“It is an immense privilege to bring a musician of Maestro Schwarz’ stature to our stage,” said artistic director Christophe Chagnard. “Taking on the reins of the Northwest Sinfonietta for our season finale is the greatest compliment he could pay us.”

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Innovative classics, stylishly played by the Northwest Sinfonietta at the Pioneer Pavilion in Puyallup last weekend

If you’re not a Puyallup resident, you might be forgiven for thinking of Pioneer Pavilion as just a big, breezy venue for the Farmers’ Market and other noisy events. But this year it’s also been a regular classical music hub – the home of the Northwest Sinfonietta, who in addition to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and Tacoma’s Rialto Theater, have established an appreciative audience in Puyallup. Last weekend’s concert proved that not only does Puyallup love the Sinfonietta, but their music sounds pretty good in the Pavilion. It’ll also sound good on their just-announced Cuba tour next January.

The 40-odd tables

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