TownMusicSeason Preview/Happy Hour with Joshua Roman

Just before Town Music’s (literally) jaw-dropping season-opening presentation of Roomful of Teeth, meet the artistic director of Town Hall’s new-music chamber series in a special free preview of the upcoming season—complete with special deals. Beer, wine, soda, and snacks will be available for purchase in the café as Roman, former principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, presents an audio/video tour of Town Music’s amazing 2013-14 lineup (from Enso String Quartet to Karen Gomyo and Roman himself) and takes questions from the crowd. Fans who come to Happy Hour without tickets to Roomful of Teeth are eligible for the advance ticket price (a savings of $5), and subscribers to the entire Town Music season (sign up at Happy Hour, if you haven’t already!) receive a special Town Music poster signed by Roman.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Town Music series, curated by Joshua Roman. Series supported by the Wyncote Foundation NW and the Tagney-Jones Family Fund. Series media sponsorship provided by Seattle Weekly and KING-FM.
Tickets: Happy Hour is free; no tickets required. Subscriptions to the five-concert Town Music season are $85 general/$80 members. Single-event tickets for Roomful of Teeth go on sale Aug. 19: $20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
Learn more: About Town Music and season subscriptions.

Town MusicJoshua Roman & Andrius Zlabys

AndriusZlabysTown Music Artistic Director Joshua Roman takes the stage with acclaimed Lithuanian pianist Andrius Zlabys in a program featuring Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne (from the Pulcinella ballet), Schnittke Sonata, and more. Roman, former principal cellist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (and, as the San Francisco Chronicle declared, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts”), performs with Grammy-nominated Zlabys, a prizewinner at the esteemed Cleveland International Piano Competition who has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, among others, and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra in March 2001.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Town Music series, curated by Joshua Roman. Series supported by the Wyncote Foundation NW, Tagney-Jones Family Fund, and the Nesholm Family Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by Seattle Weekly and KING-FM.
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
Doors open: 7 pm; late seating is not guaranteed.
Town Hall member benefits: Discounted tickets.
Learn more: About Roman.
Zlabys on YouTube.

Town MusicRoomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth is not your typical classical ensemble—not in name, and not in performance: Its eight classically trained vocalists have studied Tuvan throat singing, belting and pop techniques, yodeling, and Inuit throat singing. Each concert feels less like a classical new-music performance and more like a rock show, or a high-wire act. And it’s a very successful approach: The group’s first album, Roomful of Teeth, earned raves from critics ranging from NPR to Pitchfork and made tons of Top 10 lists for 2012; the octet won the 2010 American Prize and two TimeOut New York Critic’s Picks; and member Caroline Shaw won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her composition Partita for 8 Voices, which Roomful of Teeth performs. Dedicated to reimagining vocal music in the 21st century, Roomful of Teeth brings audiences to their feet with vibrant performances of all-new—really all-new—music.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Town Music series, curated by Joshua Roman. Series supported by the Wyncote Foundation NW and the Tagney-Jones Family Fund. Series media sponsorship provided by Seattle Weekly and KING-FM.
Tickets: Subscriptions to the five-concert Town Music season are $85 general/$80 members and are on sale now here. Single-event tickets for Roomful of Teeth are on sale now: $20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
Doors open: 7 pm; late seating is not guaranteed.
Town Hall member benefits: Discounted subscriptions and tickets.
Learn more: About Roomful of Teeth.

Town MusicKaren Gomyo & Pablo Zieglerfeaturing the Pablo Ziegler Tango Quartet

PabloZieglerTango meets classical music as Canadian violin virtuoso Karen Gomyo, Latin Grammy-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler and his quartet, and pianist Cory Smythe perform works from Bach, Brahms, Bartok, and Piazzolla. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance, and intensity,” Gomyo has performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Vancouver and Tokyo symphonies; Hong Kong Philharmonic; the National Symphony of Washington, D.C.; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and many others. She also is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla and the classical composers who influenced him—and it just so happens that Ziegler, known for artfully blending classic tango rhythms with jazz improvisations, is a former member of Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango Quintet. Ziegler’s own quartet includes Hector del Curto (bandoneon), Claudio Ragazzi (electric guitar), and Pedro Giraudo (double bass).

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Town Music series, curated by Joshua Roman. Series supported by the Wyncote Foundation NW, Tagney-Jones Family Fund, and the Nesholm Family Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by Seattle Weekly and KING-FM.
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
Doors open: 7 pm; late seating is not guaranteed.
Town Hall member benefits: Discounted subscriptions and tickets.
Learn more: About Gomyo.
About Ziegler.

 

Town MusicMary Mackenzie: ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ & Premiere of New Works

David-Joshua-Roman_8934In this season’s special Town Music finale, be one of the first to hear the premiere of four original compositions. Specifically commissioned by Town Hall and Town Music Artist Director Joshua Roman, these works for voice and ensemble were created by composers Raymond Lustig, Amir Shpilman, Wang Jie, and Roman. Thematically ranging from love and life on Mars, to the beauty of winter, these four works were carefully curated for this evening. In addition to these pieces, Mary Mackenzie will also perform Schoenberg’s exalted 1912 song cycle “Pierrot Lunaire.” Described by The New York Times as “a soprano of extraordinary agility and concentration,” Mary Mackenzie has captured the attention, and admiration, of audiences across the country. The program also features performances by cellist Roman (pictured at left), returning Town Music favorite Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), Daria Binkowski, Karen Kim (violin/viola), and pianist David Kaplan. A passionate performer of contemporary music, Mackenzie has premiered numerous works by established composers and works closely with young up-and-coming composers to develop new works for voice.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Town Music series, curated by Joshua Roman. Series supported by the Wyncote Foundation NW, Tagney-Jones Family Fund, and the Nesholm Family Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by Seattle Weekly and KING-FM.
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
Doors open: 6:30pm; late seating is not guaranteed.
Town Hall member benefits: Discounted subscriptions and tickets.
Learn more: About Mackenzie. 

 

Town MusicEnso String Quartet Opera Composers’ String Quartets

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With its 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance, the NYC-based Enso String Quartet quickly was recognized as one of the country’s most exciting young ensembles. And that exciting young ensemble is awfully excited about this new program. Says cellist Richard Belcher: “Puccini, Verdi, and Strauss are three of the greatest names in musical theater. When you think of those three composers, you think of big-scale operatic works. So full of color and character. It’s so exciting that our next project is working on the string quartets of these composers.” Called “clearly bound for greatness” by MusicWeb International and committed to the classics of the string-quartet repertoire as well as strong advocacy for new music, Enso (derived from the Japanese zen painting of the circle) also consists of Maureen Nelson, violin; John Marcus, violin; and Melissa Reardon, viola.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Town Music series, curated by Joshua Roman. Series supported by the Wyncote Foundation NW and the Tagney-Jones Family Fund. Series media sponsorship provided by Seattle Weekly and KING-FM.
Tickets: Prorated subscriptions to the four-concert Town Music season are $75 general/$70 members and are on sale now here.
Single-event tickets for Enso String Quartet are on sale now here: $20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students.
A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
Doors open: 6:30 pm; late seating is not guaranteed.
Town Hall member benefits: Discounted subscriptions and tickets.
Learn more: About Enso String Quartet.
More about the program, on YouTube.

 

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