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Best Bets for the 2007-2008 Season: Tips from folks "in the know"

Aug 1, 2007, 2:41 p.m.

MUSIC

Several Classical KING FM radio hosts have provided these recommendations for upcoming musical performances:

Brad Eaton, Mornings, 6-10am

The season ahead is rich with musical treasure. It was extremely difficult to pare down my recommendations, but here goes: As a lifelong science fiction fan I simply have to choose Seattle Symphony’s Sci-Fi Favorites (narrated by George Takei, “Sulu” of Star Trek fame), complete with a laser show, September 20-23 at the Mark Taper Forum, Benaroya Hall. On Friday, November 30, the Early Music Guild brings the marvelous Norwegian Trio Mediaeval to Town Hall for an evening of French and English carols. Then, March 15th and 16th, at Benaroya Hall, Seattle Baroque Orchestra will join forces with Susan Pascal’s brilliant jazz quartet for “Uncommon Grounds,” saluting the ground bass pattern in music from Pachelbel’s “Canon” to contemporary jazz.

Steve Reeder, Mid-Day, 10am-3pm

We have such an extraordinary variety of live music opportunities in the coming season. One of the world’s most distinguished pianists, Murray Perahia, gives a solo recital at Benaroya Hall in mid-October, and the renowned Saint Petersburg Philharmonic appears there in late November. A must-hear! This October, you can enjoy Seattle Opera’s first-ever collaboration with the Met, Gluck’s “Iphigenia in Tauris.” You can help start your New Year in style with our very own Seattle Symphony playing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in early January. One of my favorite period instrument groups, England’s Academy of Ancient Music, performs at Town Hall in mid-February. As a certified film fanatic, I’d also call your attention to the Seattle Symphony’s June performances of Prokofiev’s thrilling and deeply moving score to the 1938 Russian masterpiece, “Alexander Nevsky,” one of the greatest movies of all time. Meanwhile, hope you can join me for a steady diet of wonderful music every weekday from 10am to 3pm, including our Bach’s Lunch at noon, online at king.org.

Sean McLean, Afternoons, 3-7pm

The Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad may not be Siamese twins, but one could wonder if they’re not anatomically grafted to their guitars. Most of us speak without translating - the word just comes. Same for them with music. I’ve heard them make flute sounds from their plucked instruments. See them October 23 at Benaroya Hall. I remember my surprise when a Balinese friend told me how “full of holes” our Western music sounded to him. They have notes in between two keys on our piano. Like jazz musicians who squeeze a ‘blue note’ from the place-of-in-between, the 25 musicians and dancers of Gamelan Çudamani will open your ears and thrill your eyes November 9 & 10. Celebrations of an Indonesian village, colorful costumes and all, should make you forget where you live. At the UW World Series - I die for Baltic choral music. Latvia, Estonia, & Lithuania live and breathe — and produce today — some of the most magical soundscapes for mixed voices. How to describe? Think opposite of gospel choir: ice clouds and endless indigo horizons, with one warm candle burning in the midst of it. Seattle Pro Musica, who brought 400 voices to Seattle this summer, presents Northern Lights II just in time for the Yuletide, at Town Hall in downtown Seattle.

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