Interest in Joseph Bologne is reawakening after racism nearly erased him from music history

by Thomas May, Special to The Seattle Times

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, defies easy categorization.

For Seattle-based violinist, professor and filmmaker Quinton Morris, Bologne (1745-1799) combined “the entertainment appeal of Michael Jackson and the athleticism of Michael Jordan.” Morris’ award-winning film and performance project “Breakthrough,” which he has taken on tour around the world, presents Bologne’s many-layered story through a contemporary lens. Continue reading…

Early Music Seattle Aims for New Audiences, New Directions, New Leadership

By David Brewster

One of Seattle’s notable artistic distinctions has been to become one of the few non-European cities with a thriving Early Music scene, matching Boston, Berkeley, Montreal, and latecomer New York City. (Portland, Vancouver, Toronto, and Chicago are catching up fast.)

Early Music refers to classical music before 1750, when Bach died. It used to be scorned by mainstream players and conductors, who dismissed the wiry, swelling notes from period instruments and other mannered, academic affectations of the “authentic performance”  movement. Continue reading…

Orchestrating social justice: Next steps for classical music in Seattle

By Naomi Ishisaka
Seattle Times columnist

One thing most people don’t know — even my closest friends — is that I played classical violin for nearly all of my childhood. Weekly lessons, all levels of the Seattle Youth Orchestrating social justice: Next steps for classical music in Seattle Symphony Orchestras, school orchestra, quartet, chamber ensemble, violin competitions, summer music camp, all-state orchestra. Continue reading…