Pacific MusicWorks announces 2020 Virtual Concert Season

While our live performances are on hiatus due to the COVID-19 situation, Pacific MusicWorks’ co-Artistic Directors Stephen Stubbs and Henry Lebedinsky are offering the very best of PMW’s concert archives, with new introductions, downloadable program books, and more. We hope you enjoy the videos, and hope to be back bringing you great music as soon as possible.

 

Bach: Advent cantatas, Part 1
When we first performed this program back in 2017, we could not imagine how Bach’s powerful message of hope and comfort – so beautifully illustrated by these Advent cantatas – would resonate in this time of isolation, waiting, and expectation. We hope this music brings you some welcome light today. Soloists Tess Altiveros, Laura Pudwell, Zach Finkelstein, and Zachary Lenox join the Pacific MusicWorks Baroque Orchestra, Stephen Stubbs, director.

 

 

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo, Part 1
It was to the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice what Bernstein’s West Side Story was to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – a timeless tale retold in a thoroughly modern way, with an extravagant score that shook the establishment and changed the world of music forever. It was Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, the first great operatic masterpiece. Tenor Colin Balzer leads a stellar cast of singers with Stephen Stubbs directing the Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra and the Dark Horse Ensemble in this performance recorded live at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, on October 28, 2017.

 

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo, Part 2
He literally went to Hell and back for true love. Experience the hope and heartbreak in this timeless tale of love and loss. It’s the conclusion of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with internationally-acclaimed tenor Colin Balzer in the title role. Stephen Stubbs leads a stellar lineup of singers, the Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra, and the Dark Horse Ensemble in this live performance recorded at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle on October 28, 2017.

 

Handel’s Tenor: Beard’s Beauties, Part 1
Experience the fruits of the extraordinary collaboration between Handel and tenor John Beard, for whom Handel wrote many of his finest heroic leading roles. Aaron Sheehan sings selections from “Alexander’s Feast,” “Israel in Egypt,” “Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day,” “Saul,” and “Messiah,” with Stephen Stubbs directing the Pacific MusicWorks Baroque Orchestra, Tekla Cunningham, concertmaster. Recorded LIVE at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Performance Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, on February 26, 2017.

 

Handel’s Tenor: Beard’s Beauties, Part 2
Aaron Sheehan brings the house down in selections from Handel’s Samson and one of his great concerti grossi, with Stephen Stubbs directing the Pacific MusicWorks Baroque Orchestra, Tekla Cunningham, concertmaster. Recorded LIVE at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Performance Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, on February 26, 2017.

 

George Frederick Handel: “Messiah,” Part 1
Comfort and joy, healing and hope – experience Handel’s timeless “Messiah” again for the first time. Stephen Stubbs conducts a world-class lineup of soloists, the University of Washington Chamber Singers, and the Pacific MusicWorks Baroque Orchestra. Recorded LIVE at University of Washington’s Meany Hall, Seattle, WA, on December 13, 2015.

 

George Frederick Handel: “Messiah,” Parts 2 & 3 From the depths of despair to the triumph of the “Hallelujah”
chorus to one of the greatest fugal Amens ever written, Stephen Stubbs, Pacific MusicWorks, and the University of Washington Chamber Singers invite you to experience the rich and complex emotional landscape that has made Handel’s “Messiah” one of his most enduring and beloved masterpieces. Recorded LIVE at University of Washington’s Meany Hall, Seattle, WA, on December 13, 2015.

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: “St. John Passion,” BWV 245, Part 1
Bach’s heartbreakingly beautiful “St. John Passion” rightfully stands as one of the most powerful pieces of sacred music ever written. Stephen Stubbs conducts the Pacific MusicWorks Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Tekla Cunningham, concertmaster. Recorded LIVE at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle, WA March 1, 2013.

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: “St. John Passion,” BWV 245, Part 2
The emotionally-charged conclusion of Bach’s great “St. John Passion,” featuring Charles Daniels as the Evangelist. Stephen Stubbs leads the Pacific MusicWorks Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Tekla Cunningham, concertmaster. Recorded LIVE at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle, WA March 1, 2013.

 

To support our 2020 Online Season you can make your tax-deductible donation at http://www.pacificmusicworks.org/donate. For more information about Pacific MusicWorks, visit

http://www.pacificmusicworks.org/

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