In our busy world, rest comes with a price. 17th Century Count Keyserling was no stranger to restlessness. He suffered from insomnia and had hired a fourteen year-old boy, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, to play for him during his sleepless nights. Johann Sebastian Bach – now considered one of the greatest composers of all time – happened to be the music teacher of the young Goldberg and was requested by the Count to write some harpsichord pieces for Goldberg to play whenever he could not sleep. Bach produced this set of Variations based on this request, and Emerald City Music will offer these iconic works arranged for string trio.
From their latest album, Babel, the award-winning Calidore String Quartet performs quartets by Robert Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovich that demonstrate how music substitutes for language in the deepest human experiences. Filmed by Zac Nicholson from Gymnopedie in Brooklyn, NY.
Emerald City Music is thrilled to introduce the Castalian String Quartet, all the way from the UK! The Castalian String Quartet made their Western Washington debut on ECM stage in November 2021 with a program of Mozart’s beloved third "Prussian" Quartet, and the fiery Opus 80 string quartet by Felix Mendelssohn.
Sandbox Percussion gives the world premiere of the twice-GRAMMY-nominated Seven Pillars, composed by Andy Akiho. This evening-length work consists of eleven movements – seven quartets and one solo for each member of Sandbox Percussion. This performance features original staging and lighting design by Michael Joseph McQuilken that seamlessly integrates with the music.
Performing from New York City, pianist Peter Dugan and mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan make their ECM debut on our casual Wine Down Monday series.
Emerald City Music tells the tale of the world’s most loved and versatile instrument, the piano. Follow its physical evolution and the iconic music written at each stage of technological development: from the harpsichord through the forte-piano, contemporary piano, prepared-piano, and modern-day instruments like synthesizer. Featuring works by Jordan, Scarlatti, Ravel, Beethoven, Glass, Cage, Tallis and Chopin.
Emerald City Music presents Spotlight: George Crumb, a special homage to the music and legacy of American composer George Crumb (October 24, 1929-February 6, 2022). This iconic Pulitzer and GRAMMY-winning composer is known for his contributions to calligraphic scorewriting. Musically, he juxtaposed contrasting musical styles, ranging from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-Western music.
This performance consists of two remarkable and colorful clarinet quintets. Carl Maria Von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet was writtten for his close friend, the clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann. While the latter would have preferred a concerto to perform with orchestras, this work was designed such that the clarinetist could travel town to town and gather the local musicians to support the four string parts of this colorful work. David Bruce’s Gumboots is a thematic clarinet quintet that brings to light the brutal labor conditions of South Africa under Apartheid. Black miners were chained together and wore Gumboots (wellington boots) while they worked in the flooded gold mines. Slapping the boots and chains was used by the workers as a form of communication which was otherwise banned in the mine. The composer describes the first half of his Quintet as yearning for tranquility and peace, while the finale consists of five lively and joyful dances.
The flute, violin, viola, and harp make up this program that takes you to reverie. Featuring works by Beethoven, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns. Filmed by Tristan Cook and Zac Nicholson in New York, NY.
Two luscious string sextets from the late-romantic period complete this colorful program of music by Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg. Filmed by Tristan Cook at the DiMenna Center in New York, NY.
Join acclaimed harpist, Bridget Kibbey, as she shares how she got started on the harp, where she gains her inspirations from, and how she’s changing the face of the harp.
Violist Melissa Reardon shares her multifaceted career as a violist, the challenges and beauty of playing in her practice room, and why she loves the viola.
Join clarinetist Yoonah Kim as she shares why she loves the clarinet and the journey she has taken with her instrument. Hear live performances, fascinating discussions on life as a clarinetist, and much more.
Special guest: Stefan Jackiw, violin
Join violinist Sean Lee as he performs selections from the virtuosic 24 Caprices written by Niccolò Paganini, and hear his in-depth knowledge on the pieces and techniques necessary to perform them.
Join Sandbox Percussion as they discuss their lives as a percussion quartet, the multifaceted art of playing percussion, and a world premiere performance of Pillar 1 from Seven Pillars by Andy Akiho.