Last week, Emerald City Music trekked around the Puget Sound region bringing classical music to new listeners in some unexpected places!
Our first stop was WeWork in South Lake Union, where a Sasquatch graced the stage. While violinist Kristin Lee — ECM’s Artistic Director — and guitarist Jordan Dodson played Piazzolla, a cute puppy in the first row got excited and sang along with the duo!
The next day we visited the Google campus in Kirkland, where Jordan and Kristin shared music with about 50 Googlers and their families!
We then took a visit to Skyline at First Hill in downtown Seattle, where a packed room of residents warmly greeted the musicians! After the concert, someone shared a touching story: two of the residents at the concert are not usually able to speak, but both were talking excitedly after the music finished! It was such an incredible reminder of the power that music has to change our lives in any moment.
That evening, the artists experienced prime I-5 traffic as they traveled down to Olympia, WA. In partnership with Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, we held an intimate after-hours concert in the coffeeshop. Morgan, the assistant-manager at Batdorf & Bronson, even studied the music so that he could thematically pair coffee with the repertoire.
After the Batdorf & Bronson performance, we were met with a flurry of warm response. One of the core missions of our Seattle concerts is to bring classical music to new audiences, especially in South Lake Union, by taking music out of the concert hall and into an informal, social, lively speakeasy space. A gentleman approached us after the Olympia concert, and said, “You know, it’s not just millennials who don’t enjoy concert halls. This was so intimate, and so personal… incredible!”. This was an incredible reminder of why we started Emerald City Music, and that music — regardless of the experience — truly is for everyone!
The following day, we took a visit to Microsoft in Bellevue and were met with an enthusiastic group of listeners!
We closed the week with two unique events. The first was a hike with musicians up Issaquah’s Tiger Mountain. The musicians thoroughly enjoyed this rigorous and steep hike to Poo Poo Point, where they performed at the top for hikers enjoying the view of Redmond and Bellevue.
The week finished with a gorgeous benefit concert at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, where supporters and guests enjoyed wine, music, and mingling with the musicians. We were so pleased to share Emerald City Music’s mission to reinvigorate the classical music audience, and welcomed the group into our family of inaugural season supporters.
To all who took time out of their busy summer schedules to see Emerald City Music last week, thank you! It was such a pleasure sharing this music with you, and we can’t wait to see you at our opening night on September 16 & 17, 2016: www.emeraldcitymusic.org/wanderlust