Dancing in the Sun Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-2-dancing-in-the-sun/ Those of us living in the Pacific Northwest have a unique relationship with the sun. For certain times of the year, we don’t see it much, but when it shines, there is nothing quite like the sight of it setting behind the Olympic

Reinvention Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-1-musical-reinvention/ The past is always with us. Whether counted in centuries, years, or minutes, making sense of the time that has gone before us is essential to understanding the present. The arts exist at the intersection of past, present, and future, and music, in

Eternal Light Program Notes

Concert info: https://philharmonianw.org/concert-6-eternal-light/ The program begins with the first of three versions of Lux Aeterna you will hear today, this one by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977). After pivoting away from a career in the military, Ešenvalds enrolled at the Latvian Academy of Music

Norwegian Sounds Program Notes

Norwegian Sounds - Program Notes by Steven Luksan Edvard Grieg’s influence on Norwegian music and culture is inescapable. His music is one of Norway’s greatest exports, but his fame and the spotlight on his music have often blinded the musical establishment from seeing the full picture

Interview with Laura Loge

Recently, Laura sat down with our music director Julia Tai to discuss her background, Norwegian music, and the composers featured in our concert on Saturday, Nov. 13 (get tickets):   Julia Tai (JT): What is your background? How does your heritage inspire your interest and work in

Prismatic Colors: October 3, 2021

Philharmonia Northwest, conducted by Julia Tai   PROGRAM Gabriela Lena Frank: Five Scenes I. Alborada II. Himno de zapoñas III. Juegos IV. Adios a churín V. Coqueteos Karl Stamitz: Viola Concerto in D major, op. 1 I . Allegro non troppo II. Andante moderato III. Rondo ~ INTERMISSION ~ Edward Elgar: Serenade for strings in E minor, Op. 20 I.

The Goose Egg: A Children’s Concert – Program Notes

  Notes on "The Goose Egg" from the composer Angelique Poteat: The Goose Egg, for string orchestra, percussion, and narrator, is inspired by and written with the text from Liz Wong's children's book of the same title.  Detailing the journey of an elephant named Henrietta from calm

Ancient Voices Program Notes

Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro Joseph Bologne: String Quartet No. 3 I. Allegro II. Rondeau Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite III I. Italiana II. Arie di corte III. Siciliana IV. Passacaglia Program notes by Claudia Jensen and Bradley Clem “Ancient Voices” is a concert that asks us to

Exhilaration Program Notes

by Claudia Jensen and Bradley Clem The theme of exhilaration runs throughout this concert, beginning with the opening fanfares by Giovanni Gabrieli, who explored, famously and joyfully, the sonic possibilities of a performance space, which is, in a sense, exactly what Philharmonia Northwest is doing in

Reminiscence Program Notes

Program Notes by Claudia Jensen and Bradley Clem Julia has put together a lovely program around the theme of Reminiscences, featuring works that evoke ideas of memory and recollection. But the composers featured here, like all artists, were also pushing boundaries within this retrospective frame, working