MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Seattle Chamber Music Festival Closes on an Elegiac Note

My review of the concluding concert of the 2014 Summer Festival is now on Bachtrack:

The days are starting to grow noticeably shorter in the Pacific Northwest, and the end of the month-long Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival brings yet another wistful reminder that we’re now facing the season’s inexorable downward slope. An immersive atmosphere of four weeks of three concerts each (plus free prelude recitals and additional events) gives the festival much of its flavour, making one all the more reluctant to bid adieu.

It’s been a month especially generous in discoveries, from the world première of an imaginatively crafted single-movement piano trio commissioned from Derek Bermel (with the Saramago-inspired title Death with Interruptions) to a welcome dose of vocal chamber music gems and other rarities mixed in with more standard fare.

On Saturday night the festival drew to a close with a typically diverse roster of musicians (totalling 15 over the course of the concert).

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