Concert Preview: WITHOUT WORDS

On April 14 & 15, Emerald City Music presents one of the most exciting concerts of our inaugural season: WITHOUT WORDS. Featuring chamber music inspired by the grandeur of staged opera, the evening cascades through music by Mozart, Verdi, Gershwin, and more.

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Concert Preview: Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Meet harpist Bridget Kibbey, who will take over the Emerald City Music stage on March 17 & 18th with a curated performance of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. These unique arrangements for harp and baroque string quartet redefine the legacy of this masterful composer.

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Emerald City Music Needs Your Help Today.

When we started Emerald City Music just over a year ago, we wanted to provide a fresh experience of classical music. In less than a year, we have made a difference in people’s lives and are transforming the face of classical music.

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Concert Preview: Strings Attached

Emerald City Music's spring 2017 season kicks off with a bold performance of all-string chamber music. "Strings Attached" features four unique works, each with an eclectic arrangement of strings.

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So, How's It Going...

As the co-founder Emerald City Music, our Executive Director is often asked, "Who on earth would start a classical music organization in 2016?!", to which he pleasurably responds, "Well, us... someone has to change the status quo!" Here we highlight some of our successes, hoping it inspires others to create change in their communities, and we also share our challenges so that our own community can rally to help. 

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Hack Your Way into 2017

Who thought that supporting Emerald City Music's Fall fund-drive could have so many other benefits? Read how your end-of-year contribution can help kick 2017 off to a great start.

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Concert Preview: Darkness Visible

As winter approaches in the Pacific Northwest with its signature gloomy weather, there is no better timing than to bring our next concert titled, Darkness Visible. This program explores the history of England and France, focusing specifically on 20th century, and their influences on one another.

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The Power of Community

Emerald City Music relies on the generous support of our community to inspire a new future for classical music. Read below to learn how your support takes classical music into the heart of our region's communities – up mountains, into parks, inside workplaces, and more. 

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Voices from Our Community

While so much of the Emerald City Music experience comes from the high-caliber musicianship and unique casual environment, the heart of Emerald City Music is our community. Take a look at what our community members are saying about their concert experience.

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Concert Preview: The Dover Quartet

Hot off the heels of Emerald City Music's opening night, the Dover Quartet makes their highly anticipated Seattle and Olympia debut. The following blog post features the Quartet, and offers a brief preview of the music you will hear live on October 7 & 8.

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Backstage Perspective: Opening Night

The most compelling thing about chamber music is that it brings people of diverse backgrounds together; musicians and audience members alike. This was absolutely the case at Emerald City Music’s inaugural season opening night on September 16 & 17.

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Wanderlust: Opening Night

The theme of opening night is "Wanderlust", which delves into composers' fondest memories of time abroad. Spanning Samuel Barber's 1914 New York, Tchaikovsky's Florence Italy, or Vivian Fung's recent experience of birds singing in Bali; this thematic performance is full of intimate and thrilling chamber music.

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The Power of Music

Last week, Emerald City Music trekked around the Puget Sound region bringing classical music to new listeners in some unexpected places.

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What's In a Name

You can tell a lot from a name, and our co-founders (Kristin Lee and Andrew Goldstein) took a lot of time to carefully construct the name "Emerald City Music". You can’t say our name without honoring our core values: awesome music for everyone, fresh, right here in the Puget Sound region. Read the story here.

 

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Why Olympia?

If we are bringing musicians from all over the world to the Pacific Northwest, shouldn’t they perform more than once? And wouldn’t it be great if we could reach more new listeners? So, we explored the other cities in the region, looking for a strong community that our project could have an immense impact in. We very quickly found ourselves in Olympia, the state’s capitol.

Here's What's Next, and How You Can Help!

The most delightful – and often challenging – thing about working for a nonprofit is that nothing happens without help from our community. Here's how you can get involved, and ignite the future of classical music here in the Puget Sound region. 

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Announcing Season One

Long at last, the time has come for us to announce our first season. We've spent over two years hand-crafting these concerts to bring you a raw, intimate, and thrilling chamber music experience.

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What it takes to build an audience...

When we co-founded Emerald City Music, our dream was to bring classical music to new audiences, namely millennials, families, and students. Admittedly, we ran into some roadblocks initially, because we hadn't yet clearly defined why it was so important that these communities experience classical music. 

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