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04/25/2022
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As we jump into the energizing days of spring, we’re excited to unveil an important project that promises to make your Town Hall experience a whole lot breezier.

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04/07/2022
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On April 26th, authors John Wiswell and Ross Showalter will join our Writer-in-Residence, Sarah Salcedo, for an evening of short fiction and craft talk.

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02/09/2022
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It’s Black History Month, and Town Hall invites you to deepen your knowledge of key historical figures like Fannie Lou Hamer,

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01/31/2022
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Take a peek into the mind of Cuban virtuoso Kiki Valera, who muses on his influences, his instrument of choice,

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01/06/2022
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As cellist Gretchen Yanover wraps up her time as Artist-in-Residence at Town Hall, she shares her final reflections about the beauty — and sometimes discomfort — of creation.

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If you are a writer based in Seattle, or King County, we welcome you to apply.

01/05/2022
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Town Hall Seattle is seeking to work with one Artist in Residence (AiR) from March to May 2022. For our next AiR,

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01/01/2022
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Earlier this winter, Town Hall’s Artist-in-Residence, cellist Gretchen Yanover, reflected on the midpoint of her residency and shared some thoughts about finding inspiration at Town Hall.

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This season of Town Music will be Joshua's Final

11/08/2021
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After 15 years of serving as Artistic Director of Town Music at Town Hall Seattle, 2021-22 will be my final season. I have been blessed to bring amazing musicians and music to the stage to share with you.
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10/07/2021
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Town Hall Seattle is pleased to introduce our Fall 2021 Podcast Artist-in-Residence,

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08/10/2021
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Shin Yu Pai is no stranger to Town Hall Seattle. She began her relationship with us back in 2018 as an Inside/Out Artist in Residence for the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood, curating programs that brought new local voices like author Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, Kathleen Alcalá, Rex Hohlbein of Facing Homelessness, and artist Susan Robb to the Town Hall Stage. In 2020, she wrote the vital blog piece, Town Hall Land Acknowledgement: Beyond Gestures, and pitched the concept to produce what would eventually become Lyric World, her podcast series centering on poets and poetry by BIPOC writers, with an emphasis on AAPI authors. Over the years, Shin Yu’s presence at Town Hall has brought intention and community focus to our programming; it only seems natural that she became our Program Director earlier this year. Town Hall is thrilled to have Shin Yu onboard— read on to learn about what she looks forward to the most this season.
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A Letter From Executive Director Wier Harman

06/29/2021
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“To tell a story of Seattle.” “A looooong discussion about the kind of city we want to share.” These phrases don’t appear in Town Hall’s mission statement but they’ve become a shorthand for the goal of our perpetual,

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An End-Of-Season Update from ED Wier Harman

06/25/2021
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In a typical year, June marks the end of our season. Same thing in 2021— but truly nothing else about the past year+ has been typical.

04/26/2021
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This spring, Town Hall is thrilled to welcome performance and visual artist Timothy White Eagle as our Artist-in-Residence. He has worked extensively over the past two decades exploring Native American, Pagan, and other earth-based spiritual practices. This will be a continued focus during his residency, as he interrogates the differences between early Indigenous peoples’ handling of death and the Christian colonizer approach to death, a topic that has been heavy on his mind in the time of COVID.
03/25/2021
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Our brains are mysterious. There are as many neurons in the brain as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. That’s a lot of neurons. There’s much we don’t know about what goes on inside our noggins.

Brian Greene: theoretical physicist, mathematician, string theorist

03/18/2021
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It’s not every man that can explain String Theory to Everyman. No, most people can’t put into simple terms what a Calabi-Yau manifold is. Nor what Ricci flatness is. Most folks can’t make much sense of the multiverse, even if they did watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Luckily, there are some talented people out there who can take huge mind-blowing questions and concepts and make them understandable to people like, well, us here at Town Hall. Enter Brian Greene.

by Masao Yamada

02/12/2021
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January 23, 2021. This date was marked on my calendar for a couple of reasons, one being the kick off to Town Hall Seattle’s Global Rhythms Series.

Black History Is American History

02/01/2021
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Today is February 1, which marks the beginning of Black History Month. Black History Month was established in 1976,

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12/16/2020
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Joshua's residency has technically ended, but Joshua's not done by a long shot! Here, Joshua thanks all of our Town Music supporters and opens a surprise gift (spoiler: it's a beautiful poster).
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12/11/2020
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In this subscriber-only video Joshua performs (both cello and voice) and intimate rendition of Hallelujah.

A Reflection from Geoff Larson, Executive Director of Bushwick Seattle

12/10/2020
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Community and relationships have never been as important as they are right now. It does seem weird to say since I have not been able to shake someone’s hand in over 9 months,

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12/09/2020
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From “Quartet for the End of Time” to pieces written this year in response to the pandemic, and stops in between, four local chamber musicians and Joshua himself consider the feeling of time being stretched or displaced, an occurrence that is all too familiar these days. Join us for an affecting evening of chamber music from phenomenal local musicians that will leave a lasting impact. Watch the teaser below and click here for more info and tickets.
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12/04/2020
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Joshua has left Seattle for a trip to San Francisco to take care of some project deadlines. But the Fermata residency continues and Joshua gives a small preview of the final culmination feature event on 12/11.
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12/02/2020
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In this experimental interview, Joshua talks with long-time Town Music collaborator Aaron Grad. They use musical improvisation to deepen connection and inspire openness, and discuss what it means to 'be present' and how difficult it is to accept help from others. Note: This interview was filmed before the current gathering restrictions were in place in WA state. Use your subscriber password to access! (Email patronservices@townhallseattle.org for support or questions). Not a subscriber yet? Purchase now for access to this and more exclusive content.
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11/20/2020
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My friend Hayley Young was moved by a piece I wrote recently - one of the more hopeful works from the Musical Journal I was commissioned to create in response to the pandemic. It's a piece that came to me during a big road trip through the Western United States, and I immediately felt compelled to send this music to people that I thought might need a moment of hope. That's a little unusual for me; I'm often self-conscious about what I write and hesitant to share. In this instance, though, I felt that the music that I created was something I very much needed to not only write, but to hear - and that others might have that same need.

Hayley immediately called me after listening to it with the idea to bring producer Ryan Hadlock on board, go to his Recording Studio and not only record the piece, but document the process for a special project she's working on. She brought Alex Crook to run cameras and along with Ryan's engineer Taylor Carroll we spent three days setting up, recording, and mixing the track, capturing everything on video along the way.

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11/16/2020
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The idea for a Widespread Orchestra began as a poem by Mighty Mike McGee. It begins "Today, I dance knowing / someone somewhere dances with me" and San Jose-based composer Noah Luna was inspired to write a piece where people could come together, despite their physical isolation. He began work on a composition for chorus and cello and partnered with Joshua Roman as part of his Fermata residency, here at Town Hall to produce the project. In October, dozens of singers sent us their voices (and some even sent videos) to bring to life Noah's vision, alongside Town Hall's very own Joshua Roman on the cello. Watch the final product below!
11/13/2020
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On Election Night I wrote to tell you how much we missed you, and missed the chance to share the night’s energy and anticipation with you.

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11/13/2020
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Joshua talks about a project he's been working on called The Musical Journal and how he felt compelled to do something in response to the moment instead of something planned far in advance.
11/03/2020
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Hi friends, 

From 2008-2016, hundreds of folks from the Town Hall community spent presidential and midterm election nights together in our Forum space

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10/30/2020
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Wed 10/28 was the first Feature Release of Joshua's Fermata residency and Joshua takes time to thank the team and artists who made it possible! He also gives a glimpse of what's to come.

by Shin Yu Pai

10/30/2020
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As a practice of recognition, land acknowledgment has the capacity to create broader public awareness of the histories that have led to this moment.

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10/28/2020
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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!
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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.
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10/22/2020
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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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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
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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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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
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