Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2pm
1119 8th Ave Seattle, WA 98101
Parking info can be downloaded HERE.
Families are encouraged to arrive early to explore musical instruments with Music Center of the Northwest’s “Instrument Petting Zoo” and to peruse books provided by Seattle’s own Secret Garden Bookshop, both in the lobby of the newly-remodeled Town Hall. Lobby opens at 1PM.
Jacques Offenbach: Overture to “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld
Lorenzo Palomo: Dr. Seuss’ THE SNEETCHES for narrator and orchestra
Vince Guaraldi, arranged Dick Tunney: Peanuts Concerto for piano and orchestra
Jeffrey Biegel piano
Our long-awaited family concert is here again to provide an incredible first-time symphony experience for our young audience members, as well as for the young at heart! Based on Dr. Seuss’ popular book, The Sneetches for narrator and orchestra tells a story about the perils of bigotry and the acceptance of our differences. The Peanuts Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, with virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Biegel, weaves the songs of Vince Guaraldi and Peanuts television specials. The tunes from Charlie Brown’s Christmas will make your feet dance and your heart sing as you begin your holiday season!
Since 1999, Jeffrey Biegel has commissioned ten composers to bring new music for piano and orchestra to the repertoire. On February 10, 2019, Kenneth Fuchs’s “Piano Concerto: ‘Spiritualist'” with the London Symphony Orchestra led by JoAnn Falletta garnered a Grammy win in the Best Classical Compendium category, featuring Mr. Biegel as its soloist. Considered the most prolific artist of his generation, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements in performance, recordings, chamber music, champion of new music, composer, arranger and educator. Among his recent recordings and performances, Mr. Biegel performed the World Premiere of Giovanni Allevi’s ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’ with Orchestra Kentucky and in Milan’s Teatro dal Vermes, recording with Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana. During 2018, Naxos released Kenneth Fuchs’s Grammy-winning recording, “Piano Concerto: Spiritualist” and, he performed the World Premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s “Concerto no. 2 for Piano and Orchestra” with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina conducting. In 2019, Grammy winning composer, Dick Tunney unveils the new “Peanuts Concerto” for piano and orchestra based on music by Vince Guaraldi for its World Premiere with Orchestra Kentucky and Mr. Biegel. Equally championing pop music icons, Mr. Biegel has brought Jimmy Webb’s ‘Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra’ to the public and, PDQ Bach’s ‘Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra’ by Peter Schickele with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The first solo digital recording on Mr. Biegel’s Naturally Sharp label will be released in 2019, and, in 2020, he will premiere Jim Stephenson’s first piano concerto, tentatively titled, “Water” – in both its life-sustaining and destructive forces.
A leading pioneer of concerto projects joining multiple orchestras as a model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s ‘Millennium Fantasy’ premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000, followed in 2002 with Tony Award winning composer Charles Strouse’s ‘Concerto America’ with the Boston Pops, Lowell Liebermann’s ‘Concerto no. 3, Opus 95’, premiered with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006), William Bolcom’s ‘Prometheus’ for piano, orchestra and chorus, with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Chorale (2010), Richard Danielpour’s ‘Mirrors’ with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra (2010), Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s ‘Shadows’ (2011) with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Jake Runestad’s ‘Dreams of the Fallen’ (2013) with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, Lucas Richman’s ‘Piano Concerto: In Truth’ (2013) with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, recorded in 2014 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the Albany label, and Kenneth Fuchs’s “Piano Concerto: ‘Spiritualist'” with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA) in 2016. An avid composer, Mr. Biegel’s choral music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Carl Fischer, Porfiri & Horvath and The LeDor Group. Leonard Bernstein said of pianist Jeffrey Biegel: “He played fantastic Liszt. He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer.” These comments launched Mr. Biegel’s 1986 New York recital debut, as the third recipient of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel, and is currently on faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY).
Dave Ross is a talk show host on Seattle’s KIRO-FM radio station. He joined KIRO as a news anchor in 1978 and was given his own talk show in 1987. He has sometimes broadcast his show while on assignment in other locations, including overseas, such as Baghdad, Iraq in April 2004. Ross is also heard on the CBS Radio Network, where he provides daily political commentary. Ross was also a member of the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society and regularly appeared in their summer performances at Seattle Center, playing over 30 roles with the company. A 2006 review commented that “Ross, in his 27th season with the company, underplays the Major-General masterfully—snappy, energetic, not too mannered. … [His] grand and hilarious [entrance] scene, especially at the insouciantly zippy tempo Ross takes, provided a lift and exhilaration I haven’t felt in a while from any musical performance.” He retired from the company in 2015, having played the Major General for a final time. Ross has received many warm reviews for his portrayal of the famous Gilbert & Sullivan “patter” roles and other baritone roles in the Savoy operas. At the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, he played the role of Rudolph in the company’s The Grand Duke in 1999 and also appeared at the festival in 1996.
Town Hall Parking Information
1. Distance: 1+ blocks
Surface lot – 25 spots, no attendant
Diamond Parking Services, LLC
1013 8th Ave, 98104
Entrance and Exit: 8th Ave between Madison and Spring Streets
Rate: $3 for 1 hour, $6 for 2 hours, $9 for 3 hours
2. Distance: 1.5 blocks
711 Madison St Parking
Enter on: NW corner of 8th and Madison.
Price: $10 all day Saturday/Sunday (10 hr max)
3. Distance: 3+ blocks
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Terry and University Lot
1300 Terry Ave, Seattle 98101
Hours: 24 hours
Rate: $5 for 1 hour, $6 for 2 hours, $8 for 3 hours
4. Distance: 3.5 blocks
Surface lot – no attendant
IPM Lot 71
808 8th Ave, Seattle 98104
Rate: $8 flat rate all day weekends
5. Distance: 4+ blocks
St. James Cathedral – Lot #25
815 9th Ave, 98104
Entrance: West off 9th between Marion St and Columbia St
Exit: East onto 9th Ave
Only 36 spaces
Rate: $5 on weekends, 10hr max
6. Distance: 4+ blocks – crossing over freeway
Ace Parking Management, Inc.
415 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday & Sunday: $6 for 2 hours, $11 for 4 hours
7. Distance: 5 blocks – crossing over freeway
600 University Street
Enter on 7th Ave between Union & University
$7 flat rate all day Saturday/Sunday
8. Distance: 5.5 blocks
Marion and Minor Garage
1101 Madison St, Seattle 98104
Open 24hrs, Mon-Sun
Elevator, gated, well lit
Rate: $6 for 1 hour, $8 for 2 hours, $10 for 3 hours
9. Distance: 6 blocks
First Hill Medical Pavilion
1124 Columbia St, Seattle 98104
Pay on exit with cash or card
Rate: $5 for 1 hour, $7 for 2 hours, $9 for 3 hours