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Pacific Northwest Ballet | Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

To open the season, Carmina Burana’s 2,500-pound golden wheel rotates above more than 100 dancers, musicians, and singers in PNB’s powerhouse production, paired with Agon, the pinnacle of the legendary collaboration between George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky.

September 27, 28 and October 5, 6, 2019

McCaw Hall, Seattle

Seattle Symphony Chamber Series | Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé

by Maurice Ravel

Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 5 is often called the “Ghost Trio” due to the spectral atmosphere of the second movement. His Oboe Trio, along with Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2, are both early testaments to the precocious composers’ mastery of chamber ensemble writing. Published amid speculation of a rivalry with Debussy, Ravel’s work sets the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé to a concise yet deeply ethereal score.

Maria Männistö, soprano

Members of the Seattle Symphony

November 15, 2019

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Fisher Ensemble | The Passion of Saint Thomas More

by Garrett Fisher

Rather than a literal interpretation of history, The Passion of Saint Thomas More is a meditation on More's decision to be true to his convictions and his refusal to agree to Henry VIII's demands. Described by Gramophone as “hypnotic, magical, enchanting and moving…[with] touches of pure dramatic genius,” the operatic oratorio has been performed across the US and Europe to critical acclaim.

Maria Männistö, soprano

Jordan McClellan, mezzo soprano

Michael Drumheller, baritone

February 6, 2020

St Thomas Episcopal Church, College Station, TX

Seattle Modern Orchestra | Sequenza III for voice

by Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio’s fourteen Sequenzas span more than forty years, an essential catalogue of twentieth century performance. Each work is an astonishing exploration of the experimental potential of modern instruments, and places Olympian demands on the performer. In this marathon of ten Sequenzas, witness incredible feats of musical athleticism that push the boundaries of virtuosity and possibility.

Maria Männistö, soprano

February 15, 2020

Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, WA

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Seattle Modern Orchestra | Ipsa Dixit by Kate Soper

A “twenty-first century masterpiece” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit is a semi-staged, evening-length chamber music theatre work for voice, flute, violin, and percussion exploring the intersections of language and music, emotion and meaning, expressivity and truth. SMO welcomes notable local director Bobbin Ramsey in her operatic directorial debut, to help bring to life a staged performance of this moving work for Seattle audiences.

Maria Männistö, soprano

Sarah Pyle, flute

Eric Rynes, violin

Bonnie Whiting, percussion

June 5 and 6, 2020

BASE: Experimental Arts + Space, Seattle, WA

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