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.
As an audience member, chamber music is the most personal thing you can experience. You can witness the close interaction between each of the musicians and immerse yourself as if you are part of the performance. It's unlike anything else.
This first season features 45 world-renowned musicians over fourteen total performances: seven in Seattle, two in Tacoma, and five in OIympia. It's a hugely ambitious project, but one we believe will bring people from all walks of life together to explore and discover this timeless music.
Take a moment to browse the season's offerings below, and be sure to check out our Artists Channel to get to know each musician through videos, interviews, and more.
2016–2017 SEASON OVERVIEW
Hand-crafted by violinist Kristin Lee, Artistic Director of Emerald City Music, each concert is a thematic glimpse at the chamber music repertory, featuring classical masterworks and newly composed music alike.
September 2016, Wanderlust: An Unforgettable Opening Night
For the series debut, we open with a festive program showcasing music reminiscent of world travels. Think about your most memorable travel experience (good or bad!), and imagine yourself entering the world's of Samuel Barber’s 1900’s New York City. The evening opens with a delightful piano four-hands work (yes, that's two pianists on one piano!), and continues with Vivian Fung's Birdsong, commissioned by our own violinist Kristin Lee. A fun classical take on techno-music is followed by Ligeti's Six Bagatelles performed by the captivating WindSync ensemble. The evening closes with Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence – the Russian composer's experience memory from his travels to Italy.
Barber – Souvenirs, Suite for Piano Four Hands
Fung – Birdsong for Violin and Piano
Connesson – Techno Parade for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Ligeti – Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence for String Quartet
Kristin Lee, Philip Setzer, violins; Dimitri Murrath, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violas; Colin Carr, Ben Hong, cellos; Gloria Chien, John Novacek, pianos; WindSync Quintet: Garret Hudson, flute; Emily Tsai, oboe; Jack Marquardt, clarinet; Tracy Jacobson, bassoon; Anni Hochhalter, horn
October 2016, Quartet in Spotlight: The Dover Quartet
Each season, Emerald City Music presents one thrilling ensemble in a spotlight performance. We're very excited to present the region's debut of The Dover Quartet – one of the word’s most in-demand ensembles. This awesome group catapulted to international acclaim after taking first prize at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and was recently awarded the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Lincoln Center Emerging Artists Award. Camden, the group's cellist, was Seattle born-and-raised, and we're thrilled to welcome him and his colleagues to town for an evening of Beethoven! This is a really fun and wide-ranging program, featuring a string quartet from each period of Beethoven's life.
Beethoven – String Quartet op. 18, no. 4
Beethoven – String Quartet op. 59, no. 3, “Razumovsky”
Beethoven – String Quartet op. 130, “Grosse Fugue”
The Dover Quartet: Joel Link, Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello
November 2016, Darkness Visible: Walking the Boundaries Between Nations
Darkness Visible explores the boundaries between two nations historically and musically at odds: England and France. In the French camp, we have Debussy, Dutilleux (recently brought to popularity from the Seattle Symphony's Grammy Award-winning recording), and Ravel. On the English side, modern composer Thomas Ades and Benjamin Britten. Which side do you fall on?
Debussy – Sonata for Cello and Piano
Ades – Darkness Visible for Solo Piano
Dutilleux – Sonatine for Flute and Piano
Britten – Suite for Violin and Piano
Ravel – Piano Trio
February 2017, Strings Attached: Intimate, Colorful, Evocative
Featuring some of the richest works in the string repertory, “Strings Attached” highlights four spectacularly unique combinations of stringed instruments. Dvorak's colorful Terzetto features two violins and a viola – a combination that usually would also have a cello (to make a string quartet). Anton Arensky, then, reimagines the string quartet with two cellos, making for a really exciting and sonically rich pairing. Martinu's Three Madrigals are explosive works for just two instruments, followed by Brahms' masterful and timeless String Sextet no. 2. We think you're in for a vibrant evening!
Dvorak – Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola
Arensky – Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos
Martinu – Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Brahms – String Sextet no. 2
March 2017, Artist in Spotlight: Harpist Bridget Kibbey
Once each season, we give up our "curator hat" to an innovative featured artist. This season, we're thrilled to present harpist Bridget Kibbey. The New York Times declares, “It seems as though Kibbey’s instrument had been waiting for all its life to explore with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.” Collaborating with The Sebastians, a renowned early music ensemble, Bridget curates a special evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, reinvented for the harp. Don't miss this outrageously unique evening of Bach!
April 2017, Without Words: The Best of Opera, Without Words
For centuries, chamber music has taken much inspiration from the drama and grandeur of opera. “Without Words” features music composed for and inspired by operatic masterworks. From Mozart's opera-inspired Kegelstatt Trio to chamber music works hidden within full operas, this performance embodies all of the excitement of opera in a packed evening.
Mozart – Kegelstatt for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano
Wagner – Isolde’s Liebestod for Solo Piano (arr. Liszt)
Verdi – String Quartet
Grainger – Fantasy on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for Two Pianos
Schiff – Divertimento from Gimpel the Fool for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
May 2017, Back to Bach: It All Ends Right Where It Started
We're really excited about this season-closer, which takes a unique look at the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach. “Back to Bach” examines the Baroque master’s profound influence through the lens of what came after his death two and a half centuries ago. From percussion arrangements of Bach to explosive piano-works, we couldn't think of a more thrilling way to finish off this first season.
Norgard – The Well-Tempered Percussion
Bach – Double from Partita no. 1 for Solo Violin
Francis – Sillage for Violin and Piano
Bach/Busoni – Chaconne for Solo Piano
Koppel – Toccata for Vibraphone and Marimba
Lee, alongside Executive Director Andrew Goldstein, crafted a concert experience unique to the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, as further detailed below.
Concerts in the heart of South Lake Union
Nestled behind Kakao Coffee & Chocolate in South Lake Union is an intimate venue for music lovers. Concert attendees mingle with artists over local drinks before hearing an hour of incredible chamber music; live and up close. Geared at reaching Seattle’s millennial audience, the causal atmosphere – with no stage or assigned seating – gives listeners a place to enjoy timeless music in good company. Concerts are 60-minutes long and explore both classical works and newly composed music alike.
Seattle concerts are located at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union.
Dates: September 16, 2016; October 7, 2016; November 11, 2016; February 10, 2017; March 17, 2017; April 14, 2017; May 26, 2017
Concerts in the South Sound
Emerald City Music will host two performances in Tacoma, WA and five performances in Olympia, WA over the 2016/17 season. These full-length Saturday-night performances will feature the same 45 world-class musicians in the South Sound’s most acoustically dynamic concert halls.
Tacoma concerts are located at Lagerquist Concert Hall at Pacific Lutheran University. Dates: November 12, 2016; May 27, 2017
Olympia concerts are located at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnaert Performing Arts Center, and Saint Michael’s Westside Chapel. Dates: September 17, 2016; October 8, 2016; February 11, 2017; March 18, 2017; April 15, 201
Seattle tickets: $45, includes one (1) drink
Tacoma and Olympia tickets: $43 premium seating, $28 general seating, $10 students
Tickets can be ordered online at www.emeraldcitymusic.org/tickets, or by calling (206) 250–5510.
ABOUT KRISTIN LEE, CO-FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Violinist Kristin Lee, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career grant, enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Her recent engagements include recitals in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Washington DC’s Phillips Collection, and appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a recitalist, she has performed at Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, the Salon de Virtuosi at Steinway Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre in Paris, the Kumho Art Gallery in her native Seoul, and throughout northern Italy. A winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition and the Aspen Music Festival’s Violin Competition, she was a top prize winner of the 2012 Naumburg Competition, Astral Artists Auditions in 2010, and Italy's Premio di Trieste Competition in 2011. As a chamber musician, she has made appearances at the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla, Sarasota, El Sistema in Caracas, and Festicamara de Medellin. Ms. Lee earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School in 2010 under Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein and served as an assistant teacher in Mr. Perlman's studio. She is a former member of CMS Two and on the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens College. Kristin Lee is the Artistic Director of Emerald City Music.
View her full biography at: www.violinistkristinlee.com
ABOUT ANDREW GOLDSTEIN, CO-FOUNDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As the Artistic Administrator for cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, Andrew Goldstein worked on such projects as Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute - internationally renowned for its high standard of artistic excellence - and Chamber Music Today in Seoul South Korea. He also managed two classical music record labels: ArtistLed and Music@Menlo LIVE. Andrew has served an array of other arts institutions, including Seattle Opera, The New 42nd Street Studios, Waterbury Symphony, and others. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Eryn, and daughter, Hazel.
Andrew can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A NOTE FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KRISTIN LEE
“As a traveling violinist, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing the reactions of the audience being so moved by the music. Practicing, traveling, and constant time zone changes that lead to lack of sleep can get really exhausting, but the moment I get on that stage and feel the energy of the audience’s excitement, all that is left in me is pure joy and satisfaction. It’s really interesting to meet these audience members in person as well. I have witnessed numerous times how they were able to feel the emotions they haven’t felt in years, and feeling perfectly safe and comfortable to be in that vulnerable state.
Music clearly has the power to heal and bring people together, and this is the reason why I feel so passionate about bringing Emerald City Music to the Pacific Northwest. Andrew Goldstein (Executive Director and co-founder) and I specifically chose chamber music because chamber music is the most intimate form of music that one can experience as an audience member. Often times, people feel separated and detached from what is going on stage, but chamber music allows the audience to experience a concert as if they are part of the performance. One can examine the interaction between the musicians, and hear different melodies coming in and out from one instrument to another. It always keeps the audience stimulated and excited to see what is coming up next. I can’t be happier to share this power of music, and I can’t wait to see what great benefits it will bring to the communities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia.”
We can't wait to see you all soon!
For the love of music,
Andrew Goldstein & Kristin Lee
Twitter: @DailyClassical / @violininkristin