Early Music Seattle Presents

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.

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! Tickets are not available for purchase at this time.

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.

Fall Programing is a “work in progress”

Deep Roots New Branches
Creative Conversations
Baroque Opera: Coronation of Poppea
Deep Roots New Branches
Creative Conversations
Deep Roots New Branches
Infusion Baroque
Creative Conversations

Save the Date! Tickets are not available at this time. 

Music of the Ages
Carte Blanche
Reginald Mobley, Countertenor & Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Saturday January 22, 2022 |7:30pm | Bastyr University Chapel
Sunday January 23, 2022 | 2:30pm | Town Hall Seattle
Alexander Weimann invites the world-renown countertenor Reginald Mobley to pick his favorite selections in celebration of his Seattle Baroque Orchestra debut. Plans are still materializing; expect surprises! Particularly noted for his “shimmering voice, a voice which also allows lucid and pure levels” (BachTrack), Mobley is highly sought after for baroque, classical and modern repertoire.

Music of the Ages
Convent and Cloister: Hidden Genius
Seattle Baroque Orchestra & Byrd Ensemble
Saturday, February 19, 2022 | 8pm | Saint James Cathedral
Sunday, February 20, 2022 | 2:30pm | TBA
Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Byrd Ensemble take you into the world of the cloistered Italian convent, a place where the genius of women of the 17th
century could be freely expressed. Works by Isabella Leonarda, Bianca Maria Meda, Maria Xaveria Peruchona, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, and many others express the mystery and beauty of psalm settings, biblical verses, and a Magnificat, with ever-changing combinations of instruments and women’s voices.
This program is co-directed by Markdavin Obenza and Alexander Weimann.

Music of the Ages
Tous les Matins du Monde
Jordi Savall
Sunday, March 6, 2022 | 7:30pm | Town Hall Seattle
Jordi Savall will return with a baroque ensemble of six to perform music from the score of Touse les Matins du Monde, the 1991 French film starring Gérard
Depardieu 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.

Global Connections
De Inga y Mandinga
A Diaspora Tale from Latin America
Friday, April 22, 2022 | 7:30 | Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
Saturday, April 23, 2022 |7:30 | Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
This production is a collective creation under the artistic direction of Monica Rojas, and presented by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Early Music

Music of the Ages
All-Bach with Organist Alexander Weimann
Friday, May 13, 2022 | 7:30pm | Saint Mark’s Cathedral
Alexander Weimann, Music Director of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, is also an accomplished organist, and makes his Seattle debut on the famous Flentrop organ at St Marks Cathedral for this beloved recital series.

Music of the Ages
The Six Brandenburg Concerti
Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Saturday May 21, 2022 | 7:30pm | Bastyr University Chapel
Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 7:30pm | Town Hall Seattle
Seattle Baroque Orchestra takes on its most ambitious program to date as it presents all six of Johann Sebastien Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concerti in one evening. These are works that need no introduction; some of their popularity rests in their exploration of nearly every possible sound combination that Bach had in
his hands. Solo harpsichord, trumpet, flute, a choir of violas, as well as pairs of
recorders and horns are just some of the combinations featured in this musical feast.

Global Connections
For All Our Sisters
Seattle Baroque Orchestra & Guests
Saturday June 11, 2022 | 7:30pm | TBA
Sunday June 12, 2022 | 2:30pm | Town Hall Seattle
The stories of women from antiquity resonate through our times. In this program, local composer Aaron Grad (the creator of the electric theorbo concerto Strange Seasons) returns for a program featuring soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah and an ensemble of Rachell Ellen Wong, violin, Janet See, flute; Annabeth Shirley, cello; Deborah Fox, theorbo; and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord. Exquisite
cantatas from across the centuries will be interlaced with contemporary poetry and evocative interludes — including music by Debussy played on Baroque flute — all designed to help us listen more compassionately to women’s stories, from
mythological times to today. Aaron’s new work, co-created with the
Bellingham-based poet Jennifer Bullis, shines new light on the Sirens, those
infamous temptresses from ancient Greece.

Please note that programs are subject to change.

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