Our season finale with Kirkland Choral Society is a study in contrasts. “Simply magical” (Fanfare magazine) composer Jocelyn Hagen brings the drawings, inventions, and words of The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci to life using music, visual projections, and innovative video syncing technology. Then, Gabriel Fauré shows his own take on the Latin Mass for the Dead in his Requiem, a meditation on eternal rest and consolation. Don’t miss this unforgettable multimedia concert experience, and bid farewell to Julia Tai in her final season performance as Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest!


Jocelyn Hagen: The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem


Adult: $28
Senior/Student: $23
Child (12 & under): Free with paying adult


Please note: This performance will now take place at Edmonds Center for the Arts, not Bastyr University Chapel, on Sunday, April 23 only; the start time has also moved to 4pm. The previously scheduled Saturday, April 22 performance has been cancelled. Tickets already purchased for either Saturday or Sunday at Bastyr will be honored at this concert.

Online ticket sales have now moved to the ECA site.


Lauded for being “smoothly eloquent” (KING FM) and who “covers considerable emotional ground” (Opera News), soprano Kimberly Giordano delights audiences with her consummate blend of elegance and emotion. Her recent solo appearances include Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Harmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Britten’s War Requiem at the University of Washington, and Floria Tosca in Tosca with Tacoma Opera, in addition to engagements with Choral Arts Northwest, South Bend Chamber Singers, and SkyOpera. She created the role of Mrs. Fairfax in the 2016 world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre, later appearing on a recording of the work for Naxos, and has performed with Seattle Opera, Northwest Sinfonietta and Seattle Youth Symphony among numerous other regional ensembles. Ms. Giordano made her Carnegie Hall debut in Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. A gifted performer of contemporary music, she sang Pasatieri’s poignant Letter to Warsaw with Music of Remembrance as well as the role of Kelly in the West Coast premiere of John Duffy’s Black Water, with a libretto by Joyce Carol Oates.


Charles Robert Stephens has enjoyed a career spanning a wide variety of roles and styles in opera and concert music. His performances have shown “a committed characterization and a voice of considerable beauty.” (Opera News, 1995) At the New York City Opera he sang the role of Professor Friedrich Bhaer in the New York premiere of Adamo’s Little Women, and was hailed by The New York Times as a “baritone of smooth distinction.” Other New York City Opera roles since his debut as Marcello in 1995 include Frank in Die Tote Stadt, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, and Germont in La Traviata. He has sung on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall in a variety of roles with the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Masterworks Chorus, and Musica Sacra.

Now based in Seattle, Charles has sung with the Seattle Symphony, Tacoma and Spokane Symphonies and Opera Companies, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and many other orchestras and opera companies in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the roster of the Seattle Opera in 2010 for the premiere of Amelia by Daron Hagan.

Recent collaborations with early music expert Stephen Stubbs include the role of Haman in Handel’s Esther with Pacific Musicworks as part of the Seattle Handel Festival, Messiah with Portland Baroque and the role of Tiresias in the Boston Early Music Festival’s lavish production of Steffani’s Niobe, Queen of Thebes. A long association with Maestro Gary Thor Wedow has recently led to two performances with the Seattle Symphony: Messiah and “Opera Festival.”

Philharmonia Northwest’s 2022-23 Season is made possible in part by generous grants from these Season Sponsors: