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Category: Arts
March 23, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Seattle Symphony’s long history of recordings

The article about Seattle Symphony recordings would have been even more interesting and relevant by telling more about our local recording history [“Seattle Symphony launches its own recording label,” seattletimes.com, March 19].

For example, with the expertise of Glenn White, a local acoustics specialist with a UW physics degree plus experience at Boeing, there were very high-quality recordings of the Seattle Symphony and other organizations by and after 1967 (and perhaps even earlier).

Face it, that’s a half-century legacy right there. With the arrival of the CD era in the 1980s, the Seattle Symphony recorded and disseminated many more examples of its fine work, on Naxos and perhaps other labels. I recall the Symphony choosing composer Berwald over Beethoven, to carry out the concept your article indicates, making available some great music new to many people, rather than settling on the umpteenth re-issue of a famous symphony or concerto that many listeners already had.

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0 Comments | More in Arts, Music | Topics: Seattle Symphony

December 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Chorus signer: Integral to the choir

As local a hard-of-hearing kid, the thought of attending musical concerts and performances was not often considered. Leisurely activities tended toward art galleries and museums, until we attended the Seattle Men’s Chorus [“Critics say chorus interpreter is inaccurate, seek his removal,” NWThursday, Dec. 29].

Its excellent performance was wonderfully supplemented by Kevin Gallagher’s interpretation. Thanks to him, my family has been given the privilege of a fully inclusive choice for the annual holiday show.

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April 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM

New artwork on exterior of Seattle Art Museum

Corrected version Transformation or narcissism? Robert Ayers’ praise of “Mirror,” the new LED artwork by Doug Aitken commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum, illustrates what happens when more attention is paid to what the artist says than to what the artist makes. [“Street party will welcome SAM installation,” seattletimes.com, March 22.] Aitkin describes his work as a…

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0 Comments | Topics: public sculpture, SAM

March 31, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Gov. Jay Inslee unveils budget proposal

Medicaid expansion will aid Seattle’s art scene You can’t walk more than a few blocks in Seattle without passing a coffee shop. Local art covers the walls, and sometimes you can hear neighborhood bands playing. Seattle is an art destination, with monthly art walks in neighborhoods across the city. Our artists and musicians are valuable culture…

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0 Comments | More in Arts, Health care | Topics: Jay Inslee, Medicaid expansion

March 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Arts fundraiser, Poncho, will cease operations, establish legacy fund

Thanks to Poncho It is with sadness and deep gratitude that we note the loss of Seattle’s longtime friend Poncho [“Pioneering arts patron Poncho to fold into larger fund,” NWSunday, Feb. 24]. Organized exactly 50 years ago, Poncho’s philanthropic volunteers stepped up to help the Seattle Symphony erase debts incurred in its 1962 production of Verdi’s…

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0 Comments | More in Arts, Philanthropy, Seattle | Topics: Poncho

March 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Native American images at Wilson-Pacific school may disappear

Original art should be preserved The pictures of the magnificent murals created by artist Andrew Morrison were beautiful [“Beloved murals may disappear,” page one, Feb. 25]. The title of the article should have been “Beloved murals about to be demolished,” because that is the real story. Seattle Public Schools has been indifferent, disengaged and dismissive of…

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May 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Public-arts funding

Support bill and local artists Concerning The Seattle Times’ May 22 editorial ["Bill to limit public art should be vetoed," Opinion, May 2] regarding proposed legislation to make artists residing outside of Washington ineligible to compete for public-arts funding for two years: Stating it is shortsighted is the opposite of what really will occur. Enacting this legislation…

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May 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Seattle’s waterfront

Appreciate the parks we have The mayor of Bremerton should take a walk — to the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park and on to Myrtle Edwards Park — before he spouts off about Seattle’s lack of public waterfront space ["Harnessing the potential of Seattle's waterfront," Cary Bozeman guest commentary, Opinion, April 29]. – Anne Fontaine, Seattle

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