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Seattle Sounds Program Notes

by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen   Sarah Bassingthwaighte Born: March 29, 1967, Rochester, Minnesota Sleeping in the Forest – World Premiere (2018) We are delighted to open our concert with a world premiere, Sleeping in the Forest, a symphonic poem by composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte, commissioned for Philharmonia Northwest. The...

Interview with composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte

Philharmonia Northwest is thrilled to be giving the world premiere of Sarah Bassingthwaighte's new piece Sleeping in the Forest on November 18, 2018. More information about that concert can be found HERE. PNW: What is your origin story?/What brought you to music as your career? SB: Like...

Ilha Formosa: Music of Taiwan Program Notes

by Claudia Jensen and Bradley Clem Shui-Long Ma, Legend of Taiwan: Overture of Chivalrous Liao Tian-Ding Our concert today offers a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary Taiwanese music in all its diversity of styles, sounds, and subjects. We open with excerpts from a work about a legendary rebel...

Program Notes for Leonard Bernstein at 100

by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen Leonard Bernstein Born: August 25, 1918, Lawrence, MA, Died: October 14, 1990, New York City Philharmonia Northwest joins orchestras and audiences worldwide to celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Each of the works on our program fits into the interlocking strands...

Program Notes for Verdi’s Requiem

By Claudia Jensen and Bradley Clem Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) What is the Verdi Requiem? This has been the question since the first performance, on May 22, 1874, which took place in a church, San Marco in Milan, and in the context of a religious service with an...

Program Notes for Viva Americas

by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen   Janitzio (1933) Silvestre Revueltas Born: December 31, 1899, Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico Died: October 5, 1940, Mexico City, Mexico Janitzio, by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, has been described as one of several “sophisticated picture-postcard” pieces (tone poems) he composed for the National Symphony...

Program Notes for Finland 100 Concert

  by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen In our celebration “Finland 100,” all roads, in a sense, lead to Sibelius. As the music critic Tom Service wrote, the rich and vibrant musical culture of Finland, “which has produced more world-class composers and performers per capita than any...

Program Notes for Yamada’s Symphony in F Major (“Triumph and Peace”)

by Dr. Memmi Ochi, based on materials provided by Mr. Yoshiyasu Hisamatsu, the chief editor for Yamada’s music at Craftone Inc. in Tokyo.   Symphony in F “Triumph and Peace” Composed: June 25, 1912-November 18, 1912 (Berlin) Premier: December 6, 1914 (Teikoku Gekijo, Tokyo) U.S. Premier: January 24, 1919 (Carnegie...

Program Notes for October 1 Program – “At the Japanese Garden”

by Bradley Clem and Claudia Jensen [caption id="attachment_3506" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ohara Koson (1877–1945), Moon, Deer, Miyajima,” Woodblock Print, circa 1910[/caption]   For our opening concert this season, Director Julia Tai has given us a deceptively simple title: “At the Japanese Garden.” We may think we know what this...

Interview with Bonnie Whiting, xylophone

We're pleased to be welcoming Bonnie Whiting, Chair of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington, as the featured soloist on our season opening concert October 1st. We reached out to her to get some insight into her work, and she was kind enough to...