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  • Town Hall News
07/27/2020
Town Hall Seattle

As Town Hall continues to pivot and adjust with the ever-changing world, we want to keep you in the know about updates to our livestreaming programs. You made the leap with us, as we (somewhat gracefully) dove into livestreaming last spring. We tested and learned many things and now we are back with new systems in place!

  • Video
10/28/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua talks about the weekend recording session with this week's featured chamber musicians and gives advice on the best place to get your cello bow repaired!
  • Video
10/23/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua is back in the building after quarantining after his trip to Florida! He shares how excited he is to be back and also gives us a peek at the progress of construction on the building next door.
  • Video
10/22/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua talks about his collaboration with Noah Luna and Mighty Mike McGee on the Widespread Orchestra project and expresses his gratitude for being able to commission and work with living composers in this "Fermata" setting.
10/19/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua has composed a new Cello Quartet and used the grand acoustics of the Great Hall to perform all four parts himself. Layering the tracks together reveals the full breadth of the new piece, "Offshoot".

In the digital short below (available only to subscribers until 10/26) Joshua talks about how his composition process has evolved since becoming Town Music Artistic Director in 2012. He explores how, sometimes, mistakes or frustration can lead to moments of inspiration and motivation and how being a performer and being a composer stretch different creative muscles.

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  • Video
10/19/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua talks about his time in quarantine and how the difference between inspiration and motivation helps him move forward creatively.
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10/15/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua talks about our recent subscriber happy hour as well as some history about his involvement in Town Music throughout the years and wants to know what YOUR favorite Town Music moments are!
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10/12/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua is back in Seattle! Fresh from his work with the Tallahassee Symphony, Joshua is now in quarantine after his plane trip. He talks about how he'll attempt to collaborate while he's hunkered down.

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10/12/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua, in Florida for his collaboration with Talahhasse Symphony, talks about how he's staying in touch with the Fermata Residency while he's away.

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  • Video
10/08/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Now landed in Florida, Joshua takes a jog around Lake Eola and chats about his warm welcome to Tallahassee.

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10/08/2020
Town Hall Seattle

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10/08/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua is traveling to Florida to work with the Tallahassee Symphony. He'll be updating us through his travels until he returns to Town Hall in a few days. In this update, Joshua talks about mask compliance at SEA-TAC airport, why he's glad Town Hall is not producing in-person concerts at this time, and why he's thinking about his mom today! Town Music Artistic Director Joshua Roman returns to Seattle (the “last place he truly felt home”) for a 10-week residency! Join Joshua and special guests for a behind-the-scenes deep dive into the creative mind behind some of your favorite Town Hall musical moments, all captured and shared through our Digital Stage via livestreams, digital shorts, interviews, and more! More info and updates at thsea.org/fermata



10/08/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua recorded multiple tracks on his cello in The Great Hall (see the backstage footage here) and stitched them together into this composition. This multi-track test is in preparation for other collaborative, multi-track work with Fermata collaborators.

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10/07/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua tests out the sound setup in preparation for some multi-track recording he'll be doing.
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10/02/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Joshua gives a short tour of where and how he'll producing work during his time at Town Hall.

A Fall Update from Executive Director Wier Harman

10/01/2020
Wier Harman

Hi friends,

Nothing about the Town Hall 20-21 calendar is normal. Coronavirus left no aspect of society untouched but perhaps nothing yielded so quickly, so uncontroversially, as our choice to gather—for art, for community, for worship, for anything.

We can choose not to gather, but artists never really choose not to create.

  • Announcement
  • Town Hall News
09/28/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Our Town Music chamber series has returned! In this age of COVID-19, the season has been transformed. Town Music, in the coming weeks and months, will explore how digital spaces can enhance our experience of art, rather than simply remind us of what we are missing.

Joshua Roman, Town Music’s Artistic Director, has spent much time in quarantine thinking about what a season of concerts can be without a concert hall for everyone to gather in. He sat down with correspondent Jonathan Shipley to discuss what it means to be a curator in this day and age and what silver linings there may be in a pandemic.
09/23/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Town Music Artistic Director Joshua Roman returns to Seattle (the “last place he truly felt home”) for a 10-week residency! Join Joshua and special guests for a behind-the-scenes deep dive into the creative mind behind some of your favorite Town Hall musical moments, all captured and shared through our Digital Stage via livestreams, digital shorts, interviews, and more!
  • Video
07/28/2020
Town Hall Seattle

As we prepare for a new season of programming here at Town Hall, we also want to take the time to reflect on the past season. Although it did not end up looking as we had expected, there were many accomplishments to celebrate.

One of those accomplishments is a seventh year of our Town Green initiative.

  • Announcement
  • Town Hall News
07/27/2020
Town Hall Seattle

As Town Hall continues to pivot and adjust with the ever-changing world, we want to keep you in the know about updates to our livestreaming programs. You made the leap with us, as we (somewhat gracefully) dove into livestreaming last spring. We tested and learned many things and now we are back with new systems in place!

  • Announcement
  • Town Hall News

Executive Director Wier Harman Reflects on a Tumultuous but Rewarding Year

06/30/2020
Wier Harman

Looking back, I don’t think anyone will remember Town Hall’s 2019-20 as easy, but it certainly started and ended in celebration. This eventful year featured our first (almost!) full season back in our beautifully renovated building, and a return to our nomadic, Inside/Out years with an (almost!) fully virtual program. I reflected a bit on the highlights of the year in the video below,

  • Listening Guide

Black Lives & Police Accountability

06/08/2020
Town Hall Seattle
The Life on the Margins podcast features co-hosts Marcus Harrison Green, Enrique Cerna, and Jini Palmer as they share stories not just about marginalized communities, but from within, and alongside them. In each bi-weekly installment of this residency podcast, they engage with the narratives and experiences of our city, sharing them more widely with the Town Hall community. In solidarity with the Black and Brown community in the fight for justice against police brutality and the institutionalized racism that enables it, the hosts of the Life On The Margins podcast have released two special edition episodes featuring discussions of police accountability, racism as a public health threat, the search for answers surrounding the death of Manuel Ellis while in police custody.
  • Announcement
06/02/2020
Town Hall Seattle

Whether seen as individual lives tragically taken, or the latest examples of our nation’s 400 year history of systematic disregard for Black Americans, the heartbreaking deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd over just ten weeks have left our nation—and this community—convulsed with grief. As sad and shocking as these stories are we know that they are just the reported examples of an incomprehensible structural crisis,

05/22/2020
Alexander Eby

Author Annabel Abbs writes powerful stories that capture the lives and struggles of remarkable women. Her first novel, The Joyce Girl, tells the fictionalised story of Lucia Joyce, forgotten daughter of author James Joyce. Abbs gives voice to Lucia and enables her to tell her own story—a fascinating,

05/15/2020
Alexander Eby
When it comes to the last analysis there can be nothing of higher worth gained from any school than the building of character.
05/08/2020
Alexander Eby
Prince Paolo Petrovich Troubetzkoy (1866-1938) was an acclaimed artist and a sculptor who was described as "the most astonishing sculptor of modern times."
  • Announcement
  • Town Hall News
05/04/2020
Alexander Eby
Seattle is a city that demands we think outside the box—and few series exemplify this idea quite like Red May.
05/01/2020
Alexander Eby
“Incidentally, you'll be surprised to see the number of Shakespeare devotees in this town. ‘Best people,’ you know, and all that sort of thing.” 
  • Announcement
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A Guide To Watching Town Hall's Livestreamed Content

04/29/2020
Town Hall Seattle

With the recent switch from in person to livestreamed events, we’ve received a few questions about where and how to watch events on our digital platform. We understand that livestreaming is a brave new world for some folks, so we thought we’d include a few tips and tricks to make your event viewing just a little easier.

An Interview with Marcus Harrison Green

04/27/2020
Alexander Eby

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many historically marginalized groups are finding themselves facing prejudice, animosity, and rejection by a system already stacked against them. But South Seattle Emerald founder Marcus Harrison Green is stepping forward as proof that if you speak loudly enough,

04/24/2020
Alexander Eby
Not to toot our own Town Hall horn too much but we have also done our part in making local music history.
04/23/2020
Alexander Eby

Humans occupy a unique place in nature. Our evolution has been interdependent on pattern recognition and the development of technology unlike any other animal on the planet. We often consider our primary evolutionary advantage to be our intelligence—yet we are still limited in our ability to define what “intelligence” actually means. 

Futurist Richard Yonck speaks to audiences and writes about artificial intelligence and other emerging trends and technologies.

April 5, 1919/April 17 2020

04/17/2020
Alexander Eby
Not to toot our own Town Hall horn too much but we have also done our part in making local music history.

An Interview with R. Eric Thomas

04/14/2020
Alexander Eby

R. Eric Thomas tells the kinds of stories we need. They connect us with the American experience writ large—the trends, the headlines, the important conversations—all filtered through his unique and hilarious perspective. Thomas joined us for a livestreamed conversation on 4/16 (watch the full event below) to discuss his new book Here For It: Or,

03/25/2020
Wier Harman
Want to feel the energy and emotion of live music while you’re stuck behind closed doors? In collaboration with Earshot Jazz, Town Hall is streaming live Saturday jazz concerts at the end of March and the first three weeks of April, directly from our stages! 
  • Announcement
  • Town Hall News
03/24/2020
Wier Harman

March 24, 2020

Friends,

On March 23, Governor Inslee issued a shelter-in-place order for all individuals, with the exception of essential workforce. That description of essential workforce includes allowances for “artists and musicians providing services through streaming,” provided guidelines around safe assembly are also followed. No more than 10 artists and technicians can be present at these events,

  • Listening Guide

Neil Shubin with Steve Scher—Decoding Four Billion Years of Life

03/24/2020
Alexander Eby
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin about the impact of viruses on our genetic makeup, and the hidden universes inside our DNA.
03/23/2020
Alexander Eby
At a time when quarantines are keeping us isolated from our neighbors, it’s more important than ever to help us maintain connections with our community and stay engaged as citizens.
03/23/2020
Alexander Eby
A pancake smackdown, gravy bats, a little yellow man from the sun who loves to go on adventures—Morgan Taylor’s creations have been delighting kids and parents alike since 2005.
03/18/2020
Town Hall Seattle
Every year, millions of birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway—the migratory path that stretches over 4,000 miles from the coast of Mexico to the Arctic Circle. And each year, light pollution from populated areas can disorient and disrupt the rhythms of these birds.
03/17/2020
Jonathan Shipley
This isn't a day to celebrate Town Hall, it's a day to celebrate us all.

 

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