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Celebrate the Arts - Best Bets for the 2012-2013 Season

Tips from folks “in the know”

Sep 5, 2012, 1:20 a.m.

Tips on the upcoming season from local insiders in music, visual art and theatre

Music

Bryan Lowe, Program Director for KING FM 98.1, provided these recommendations for upcoming musical performances:

It’s been a beautiful summer, hasn’t it? Whether you spent the months hiking all over the Cascades, lying on the beach at Magnuson Park or attending one of the area’s many outstanding summer music festivals, you’re probably sad to see the sunny weather come to an end. But fear not: with the clouds and rain come amazing musical seasons at the Symphony, the Opera, the Ballet and more.

This year will be Ludovic Morlot’s second at the helm of the Seattle Symphony, where a truly spectacular concert season awaits. We’ll see some of the world’s best soloists come to Benaroya Hall this season, starting with violinist Joshua Bell in the season opener and continuing with Hilary Hahn, Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax. And whether you love the big, grand classics—Mahler’s 4th, Beethoven’s 5th, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons—or you’re fonder of the modern era—Britten’s War Requiem, Messiaen’s Turangalíla Symphony—there’s something for you. Even if classical music isn’t your thing, you won’t want to miss the Symphony’s showcase of music from the “Mad Men” era in late September; a jazzy, Cotton Club-inspired program in June; or appearances by the Indigo Girls and Rufus Wainwright.

Speight Jenkins’ penultimate season as general director of Seattle Opera includes a wide array of performances for both the die-hard fan and the casual operagoer. First up is “Fidelio,” the only opera Beethoven ever wrote, in October, followed by Rossini’s take on the classic tale of “Cinderella”—a great option for families in need of escape from Seattle’s dark, damp days of January. Puccini’s “La Boheme,” a worldwide favorite, is sure to be a season highlight for many and serves as a great introduction to the world of opera. The season closes with a pairing of Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” and Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” an exploration of two female protagonists who must deal with deep disappointment.

The holidays are always a great time for classical music, and this year’s fare is no exception: as always, you can hear Handel’s Messiah at Benaroya Hall in late December, and you’ll be able to ring in the New Year with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. There are innumerable vocal concerts this time of year, including Victorian fare from the Tudor Choir, German Christmas music from Seattle Pro Musica and a series of British carols from the Seattle Boys’ Choir.

To get a closer look at all of these great groups as well as musical previews of upcoming concerts, tune in to 98.1 Classical KING FM’s NW Focus, heard weeknights at 8pm. You’ll also hear broadcast concerts from the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and many more throughout the season on KING FM. In addition, we preview concerts on what has to be the world’s only on-demand arts resource, our online KING FM Arts Channel On-Demand, at King.org. This channel spotlights artists, art experts and those working behind the scenes in the arts via conversations, interviews, readings, performances, and feature programs covering all fine arts disciplines.

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