Guest Blogger Matt Marble: Sounding Nature’s Signs

Posted on March 22, 2017 1:28 pm by Evan Lewis
Tags | 2016-17 Season

Kepler’s harmonies from his Harmonices Mundi (1619)

Kepler’s harmonies from his Harmonices Mundi (1619)

From the stars of the cosmos to the wildflowers of Earth, for centuries composers have found new musical signs and sounds inspired by the forms of nature. Ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagoras, saw the ratios of planetary orbits as directly related to musical harmony, a.k.a. the “harmony of the spheres.” His beliefs still define contemporary Western music. Centuries after… Learn More » »

Guest Blogger Christina Rusnak: Solo Hikes and “Glacier Blue”

Posted on March 15, 2017 9:18 am by Evan Lewis

Christina Rusnak

Impacts on our music come from unexpected sources. For me, one of the biggest was a botany / biology professor during my senior year in college. In an attempt to get my science requirements in the fastest way possible, I signed up for a Field Botany/Biology class. Most of it was spent backpacking in Big Bend National Park. The experience was life changing! I arrived hating science and left with an insatiable curiosity about our natural… Learn More » »

Let’s Get Cross Modal

Posted on February 23, 2017 10:15 am by Evan Lewis

I’ve always been intrigued by the way that we listen to music. If you think of ‘hearing’ as simply sound gathering, then ‘listening’ is really a mental process more than an auditory one. As such, it is absolutely available to be influenced by our other senses, a point that is made with brilliant clarity by composer Georg Friedrich Haas in his Third String Quartet, performed in complete darkness.

This inky blackness is more… Learn More » »

Guest Blogger Mark Powell: A Passion for Pärt

Posted on February 6, 2017 9:36 am by Evan Lewis
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Arvo Pärt and Mark Powell, Walt Disney Concert Hall, May 2016

Arvo Pärt and Mark Powell, Walt Disney Concert Hall, May 2016

Videmus nunc per speculum in ænigmate: tunc autem facie ad faciem. Nunc cognosco ex parte: tunc autem cognoscam sicut et cognitus sum.  I Cor. XIII.xii

I was in college in 1988. At some point that year I made one of my reasonably frequent visits to the Tower Records near the Space Needle in Seattle.  In the Classical Room (remember those!?) there was some amazing music… Learn More » »


Posted on January 18, 2017 10:16 am by Ron Blessinger
Tags | 2016-17 Season

via Mental Floss

What a week this is shaping up to be. I suppose we should have known last year when we were planning this season that a January 20th concert might have greater significant political coincidence with the inauguration than we’d imagined. Frankly, we never could imagine being at this place in our politics, with such deep division in our country.

So here we are, in full concert prep mode as we look forward to presenting to you… Learn More » »

Musical Influences: Guest Playlist from Daniel Wohl

Posted on January 10, 2017 3:40 pm by Evan Lewis
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daniel wohl

It’s always interesting to hear what works influenced a piece of art, to see what small ideas or feelings stuck in the composer or artist’s brain, tumbled around in there, and came out as something new.  For our Holographic concert coming up on the 20th, composer Daniel Wohl has put together a playlist of works that inspire him and will get you in the right mindset for Holographic (and he’ll keep updating it every few days, so… Learn More » »

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