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Introduction to EMS 2021-22 Season

Starting next season, our Music of the Ages concert series will focus on early music that is rooted primarily in Europe; while our Global Connections series will continue our explorations of early music of the East and Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. As an organization, we are excited to make this new commitment, which helps us to define a more inclusive approach to our work and gives our patrons a broad perspective of history and the music reflecting it.

How will we present concerts next year? To be honest, that is still a work in progress. Most likely, the first portion of our music series from October to December will be virtual. We will then move to in-person performances from January to June. Our transition back to the concert hall depends somewhat on the willingness of our audience to attend indoor events. We expect to keep producing online concerts for patrons who do not feel ready to return to the concert hall.

We have exciting plans for live concerts in 2022!

We are eager to introduce our reimagined Seattle Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Weimann and newly appointed Concertmaster, Rachell Ellen Wong. Wong replaces long-time Concertmaster Linda Melsted, who retired from the position for health reasons.

Here is what we have planned for the Orchestra:

The Complete Brandenburg Concertos
A thrilling marathon for performers and audience alike, and a stunning summit of Bach’s orchestral music. The Seattle Baroque Orchestra, on this festive occasion, expands its size to perform all six concertos in one event.

Immerse yourself in the conversational nature of this timeless collection of all six Brandenburg concerti which feature the core musicians of Seattle Baroque Orchestra as soloists on violin, flute, recorder, oboe, trumpet, horn, and harpsichord.

Reginald Mobley’s Carte Blanche
One of the world’s leading countertenors, Reginald Mobley, returns to Seattle in a solo program with orchestra showcasing a vast spectrum of repertoire and unique expressive skill as only he can in collaboration with the exceptional musicians of our own Seattle Baroque Orchestra. 17th-century Sacred Music by Italian Nuns.

Enter the fascinating world of 17th-century cloistered nuns as told through their equally intriguing and expressive music, often experienced in their own time as disembodied voices behind a screen, out of public sight. Like the Venetian orphanages associated with Antonio Vivaldi, numerous Italian nunneries during the 17th-century were committed to education and community outreach, often the only refuge for women without means to receive an education. The audience will have the rare opportunity to participate in the flourishing communal nature of music-making in those 17th-century convents by joining the performers singing a Canon by Isabella Leonarda. Seattle Baroque Orchestra presents this concert in partnership with the Byrd Ensemble.

This performance features Motets, Anthems, Psalms, Magnificats by Isabella Leonarda, Bianca Maria Meda, Maria Xaveria Peruchona, Caterina Assandra, Sulpitia Cesis, Raphaella Aleotti, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani.

For All Our Sisters
Featuring a new piece by Aaron Grad, “Honey Sweet We Sing for You”, and beautiful Baroque cantatas and chamber music of France, this intimate and thoughtful project features dazzling Seattle-based soprano Danielle Sampson and a small group of Seattle Baroque Orchestra members.

In addition to Seattle Baroque Orchestra, we have the following three concerts planned:

De Inga y Mandinga: An African Diaspora Tale from Latin America is a bilingual (English-Spanish) multi disciplinary and intergenerational theater production that celebrates the multi-ethnic diversity in Latin America as a result of the historical encounter of Indigenous, African and Spanish cultures framed from the African diasporic perspective. The performance, directed by Dr. Monica Rojas-Stewart, features the ensemble DE CAJóN Project and guests.

Le Voix Humaines Consort of Viols, a quartet of violas da gamba from Montreal, will present Strike the Viol: A Homage to Henry Purcell. The performance will feature fantasias for viols as well as songs and instrumental music from Purcell’s theater works such as From Rosy Bowers, One Charming Night, and Fairest Isle. The ensemble will be joined by baritone Jonathon Adams.

Jordi Savall will return with a baroque trio to perform music from the score of Tous les Matins du Monde, the 1991 French film that introduced the world to the music of the late French baroque. The concert features music of Monsieur de Sainte Colombe, the grand master of the viola da gamba and the teacher of Marin Marais, a prestigious musician in the court of Louis XIV.

Please note that programs are subject to change.

 
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