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December 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Let the ‘Messiah’ season begin

“Herr Handel” is in the cast of Tafelmusik’s  heralded “Messiah” concerts in Toronto./Gary Beechey We just had snow, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. It’s now time, then, for Messiah December. Here are some places to enjoy Handel’s masterpiece: –Inverse Opera is first out of the gate, with director Robert Scherzer at the helm of a staged…

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November 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

New leadership at Olympic Music Fest

Pianist Julio Elizalde, co-artistic director of the Olympic Music Festival in Quilcene, has been named the festival’s artistic director, the OMF announced. Former artistic director Alan Iglitzin, who founded the festival, will remain with OMF as executive director. “It is a profound honor to continue the vision that Alan Iglitzin has pursued for over three decades….

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September 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Town Music season ready at Town Hall

Deviant Septet will play at Town Hall Seattle on March 25, 2015. It looks like cellist/curator Joshua Roman will be delivering some tasty new-music goods for the 2014-15 Town Music season. Roman himself performs Sept. 23 with two fellow string players and a pianist in an evening of piano quartets by Brahms, Sharlat and Andres. NOW Ensemble,…

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June 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Seattle Symphony, players agree on contract extension

This just in: The Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization have agreed to a three-year contract extension, through Aug. 31, 2018. The current contract was set to expire Aug. 31, 2015; the agreement comes 14 months ahead of schedule. That undoubtedly will smooth the way for new Seattle Opera general…

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June 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hear ‘From the Top’ from Cornish

Listeners of the Saturday, June 21, broadcast of NPR’s classical-music program “From the Top” will hear not only the show’s host, Christopher O’Riley, and other fixtures, but two young Seattle-area musicians as well: Violinist Felicity James, 17, of Seattle, and cellist Audrey Chen, 17, of Redmond. The program was recorded at Cornish College in April….

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June 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Big changes at NW Sinfonietta

From Seattle Times arts reporter Michael Upchurch: Big changes are afoot at the Northwest Sinfonietta. Christophe Chagnard, the co-founder of the chamber orchestra and its music director since 1991, is leaving the organization. His last performances with the ensemble will be Feb. 20-22, 2015. In a major shift in its organizational structure, Northwest Sinfonietta will be led…

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April 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Updated: Free SSO concerts

Update from Seattle Symphony: The SSO has stopped taking RSVPs for tickets to the free May 2 concerts because of overwhelming response. That said, there might be no-shows, so the orchestra will give away those seats to walk-ups on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis on the night of the performances. Why: Seattle Symphony has been chosen…

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March 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

7 locals chosen for National Youth Orchestra

Seven aspiring musicians from the Puget Sound region have been chosen to join the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Carnegie Hall administrators have announced. All 120 members of the NYO-USA are ages 16-19 and come from 33 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. More than 20 are returning from last…

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January 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Call for entries: KING FM Young Artist Awards

The entry period is now open for the Classical KING FM Young Artist Awards Competition, open to nonprofessional acoustic instrumentalists, vocalists, and chamber groups in two age groups: 6-15 and 16-20. Deadline is April 4. (Rules and entry forms here.) New this year: winners will be featured on the radio throughout the year both in…

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