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Artistic Partner Jacobsen Returns to NW Sinfonietta for Performance Connected by Time & Evolution

SEATTLE, WA.  Eric Jacobsen returns to Northwest Sinfonietta to lead our season finale May 13, 14 and 15. Noted by the Los Angeles Times as ensuring “the future of classical music in America” we are so excited to have Eric back for what is sure to be a high-energy and exhilarating concert.

Joining NWS as a soloist is French piano sensation Lise de la Salle, playing Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G. After her first recording was selected as “Recording of the Month” by Gramophone Magazine at the age of 16, this rising star has established her reputation as one of today’s most exciting young artists through international concert appearances, and award-winning recordings. Joining us fresh after her recital at the Dresden Music Festival, it will be a show-stopping performance.


The rest of the program features Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, a timeless telling of fairytales, and Strauss’s uncommon theater music suite Le Bourgeois Gentillehomme – a gorgeous setting of Moliere's wickedly humorous satire.


As stated by NWS Artistic Partner Eric Jacobsen:


"This Strauss is an incredible undertaking for the orchestra. It has a huge scope to it, yet it constantly features soloists and smaller groups from within the orchestra. It connects with the Ravel Mother Goose Suite loosely by means of time period…and also because both pieces started as very different versions of where they exist today as concert music. Strauss’ music began as an attempt at both operatic and incidental music, while Ravel’s pieces were originally piano music refashioned into orchestra music with ballet in mind.” 


In conjunction with each concert program, Northwest Sinfonietta and Pierce College present Music off the Record, a free music history talk led by Dr. Ken Owen, Professor of Music. Dr. Owen takes the audience on a guided listening tour of the music for each program, along with important historical and cultural context. These talks are also recorded and made available online at NWS’ website one week later. Music off the Record: Ravel & Strauss takes place Monday, May 2 at Pierce College Puyallup. This event is free and open to the public.


On Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm, NWS cellist Gretchen Yanover will perform a short chamber-recital at the International Chinese Christian Church of Tacoma. Performing on her electric cello and loop-sampler, Gretchen will give a pre-concert performance of her own compositions. She will play selections from her solo albums (Bow and Cello and Waves Wash Over Us), including a new work inspired by our May program. She will share a bit with the audience about the process of her compositions, with an example of a fragment from a “classical” piece, which she records on her loop sampler and then adds layers of harmony upon which she plays her melodic lines.


Gretchen offers her music as an atmospheric aperitif, enabling concertgoers to transition to a certain frame of mind for deeper material as they experience their own “crossover” from their outward life to their inner experience of the music. The electric cello is a beautiful modern instrument, and patrons will enjoy seeing and hearing the creation of “live loops.” This performance will be repeated as a pre-concert chamber recital on Friday, May 13th at 6:15 pm at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Both recitals are free and open to the public.


Recital Performance Information

Wednesday, May 11, 2016; International Chinese Christian Church of Tacoma, 7:00 pm

Friday, May 13, 2016; Nordstrom Hall at Benaroya Hal, 6:15 pm


Concert Performance Information

Friday, May 13, 2016; Nordstrom Hall at Benaroya Hall, 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 14, 2016; Rialto Theater, Tacoma, 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 15, 2016; Pioneer Pavilion, Puyallup, 2:00 pm


Ravel                          Mother Goose Suite

Ravel                          Piano Concerto in G

                                                Lise de la Salle, piano

Strauss                     Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme



For Reserved Seating: Visit www.northwestsinfonietta.org or call the box office at each of the venues listed below.  Reserved seating can be purchased online, 24 hours a day.  Single ticket prices from $20-55.


Seattle (Benaroya Hall) 800.215.4747

Tacoma (Rialto Theater) 800.291.7593

Puyallup (Pioneer Park Pavilion) 800.838.3006


$10 Student Rush tickets are available one hour prior to each concert at the ticketing window in each venue. Valid student ID must be presented.


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