The past months have been difficult for so many reasons, but certainly one reason is a forced reckoning with our own feelings and emotions. Months of solitude injected with stress and fear have spawned emotional turbulence that have coerced deep introspection. Fortunately, this the very purpose of music and art – to allow exploration, investment, and expansion in our own emotional state, or that which makes us not just human, but actually real. 18th century musicians knew this about music – that it has the power to metamorphize pain and restore balance, using just the delicate effervescence of vibration, light, and meaning. Soprano Linda Tsatsanis, Cellist Nathan Whittaker, and Poet Nikolijne Troubetzkoy curate our reflection on (journey of) emotional turbulence allowing the music of Purcell, Bailly, Dall’Abaco, Dowland, Le Camus, Bach, and Matteis to be our guide.
Nathan Whittaker, violoncello, enjoys a unique and diverse career as a concert soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, teacher, and historical cello specialist with concert stops ranging from New York to Seattle to Dubai. He is the Artistic Director of Gallery Concerts (Seattle), a concert series of chamber music on period instruments, and regularly performs with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Rosa Barocca, Byron Schenkman and Friends, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Recent appearances include the Vancouver Bach Festival, Pacific Baroque Festival, Pacific MusicWorks, 45th Parallel, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Berkeley Early Music Festival, Ottawa ChamberFest, the Boston Early Music Festival, and as a guest lecturer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. An active pedagogue, he has served on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts and runs a dynamic private studio. He can be heard on recordings by ATMA Musique, Harmonia, and Centaur, as well as live broadcasts by NPR, CBC, and KING FM. Dr. Whittaker holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Washington and Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University. He performs on a cello of Mario Gadda from 1957, and a baroque cello of Johann Christian Ficker II from c. 1770.
Nikolijne Troubetzkoy has had poetry published in a number of literary magazines, such as Vallum, Grain, The Fiddlehead and The Antigonish Review. She is also a screenwriter, having recently worked as Writer/Co-Executive Producer on the hit medical procedural Transplant (NBC/Bell), as well as on acclaimed crime drama Departure (Peacock/Global/Universal TV UK). She has also written for Orphan Black (AMC/Space), Killjoys (SyFy/Space) and the critically-acclaimed police drama 19-2 (Bravo). Niko got her start in television on the award-winning comedy series Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada) starring Jason Priestly. She's been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and several Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding writing in a television drama.
Hailed as “ravishing” (New York Times) and possessing “sheer vocal proficiency, a bright, flexible voice, big but controlled, shaded with plentiful color” (Boston Globe), Canadian soprano Linda Tsatsanis enjoys a career that spans the concert hall, opera stage, movies, and television. Her versatility has made for a distinguished career taking her across the United States, Canada and Europe. Ms. Tsatsanis has appeared as soloist with Tallis Scholars, Toronto Symphony, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Seattle, Pacific MusicWorks, and Seattle Opera and been presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society, Early Music Now, Early Music Society of the Islands, Renaissance and Baroque, Early Music in Columbus, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. Not limiting herself to early music, Ms. Tsatsanis made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 performing William Bolcom’s song cycle Let Evening Come. Her debut solo album with Origin Classical, And I Remain: Three Love Stories, was described as a “seductive recital of the darker sides of 17th-century love” by Gramophone Magazine. Her past collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group was the inspiration for her 2016 release, Beethoven alla Britannia with Centaur Records. She can be heard on the Emmy-nominated documentary When Seattle Invented the Future, various recordings by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Naxos. In 2015, Ms. Tsatsanis was named a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington. Currently, Ms. Tsatsanis resides in New York City.