Looking back at the debut of Pacific Musicworks Feb 23, 2010

by Jessica

Almost a year ago, Pacific Musicworks (then known as Pacific Operaworks) made a splashy debut in a high profile production of Return of Ulyssses that included partnerships with William Kentridge and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. The performance debuted in Seattle and toured around the west coast, earning considerable accolades:

"Stubbs [director of Pacific Musicworks] has been home from his star-studded career in Europe for a couple of years now, but those years have been building up to this project." - Seattle Times

"Launching any enterprise today is a bold gesture, but an opera...

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Currently in NYC and upcoming on OntheBoards.tv... Feb 23, 2010

by Jessica

...Radiohole! They won hearts in Seattle during their 2009 run of Fluke  and are currently making waves in NYC again with Whatever, Heaven Allows at PS 122.  According to PS122's website, here's  what they're up to this time:

Radiohole's newest work is a star-spangled American meta-melodrama inspired by film director Douglas Sirk's 1950s potboilers and Milton's epic Paradise Lost. Our heroine is an all- American "Eve" who must save her home from an evil-doer while struggling to find fulfillment in a lasting relationship with a supposedly good man who looks like god. Radiohole's newest synthesis of cultural flotsam is sure to be bawdy, silly,...

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"Awesome"'s shopping list Feb 22, 2010

by Jessica

The men of "Awesome" are up in Bellingham at the moment, trying out a few more ideas before the world premiere of West in April. Before opening up there, they made a stop at the grocery store to get the following provisions for the performance:

1. eggs
2. IPA
3. orange juice
4. Archie comics
5. Mint Milano
6. Pico De Gallo
7. carrots & pineapple
8. ice skating lessons
9. saloon sketch
10. 24 karat gold bikini

  Read more and see pictures from past  shows  on the "Awesome" blog.










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Gathering Note on Icebreaker V and Kurtag's "Kafka Fragments" Feb 22, 2010

by Jessica

Zach Carstensen from the Gathering Note, a local blog dedicated to classical and chamber music around Seattle, sat down with Mikhail Shmidt from Seattle Chamber Players to talk about Icebreaker V. Zach sums up the video interview as follows: "In addition to talking about Icebreaker V generally, Shmidt also talked about learning and playing 'Kafka Fragments.'" Read his preview and watch the videos here. "Kafka Fragments" is a work for violin and a soprano that uses Kafka's journals and letters as its source material. It's an ambitious piece that the Boston Globe   described as being  "dreamy, frenetic, and ultimately in the final fragment, sublime"...

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For you technophiles: about the OntheBoards.tv player Feb 19, 2010

by Jessica

Pinter Industries (aka Ian Pinter) helped us get the videos up on OntheBoards.tv. Earlier today he posted a little something about the playback component on the site. Interested in tech? Head there to learn a little about what makes OntheBoards.tv tick and find more info on coding and software development.

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Team OtB prepares for Icebreaker V Feb 19, 2010

by Jessica

Next weekend is a big one for OtB. We've got 5 concerts plus multiple seminars with Seattle Chamber Players and a slew of international guests. Technical Director Rich starts to get ready with the help of this feast from Mecca:

rich's lunch
[Rich and 4 eggs, 4 english muffins and 2 orders of hash browns at Mecca. Photo by Jess Massart]


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Paul Taub interviewed by NYC composer James Holt Feb 18, 2010

by Jessica

Listen to this interview between Paul Taub of the Seattle Chamber Players and James Holt, a  NYC-based composer. It's part of Holt's series of podcasts that are "about listening to the musicians who have dedicated their lives to performing contemporary music."

Check out some of the other featured artists or sign up to receive upcoming podcasts.

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Check out OtB staff this weekend Feb 18, 2010

by Jessica

OtB staff is going to be showing some work around town this weekend. Here's what you should check out out:

FORCE OF NATURE
featuring Tania Kupczak, Operations Manager
Sat | Feb 20 | 2 & 4pm | *free*
NW Film Forum (get directions)

An hour of short films by Seattle filmmakers curated around a theme of people dealing with their natural environment.

Chamber Vs. Chamber No. 2: Valentine's Day is Over
featuring Erin Jorgensen, Box Office Asociate and Designer
Sat | Feb 20 | 8pm | $12
Sorrento Hotel

Michael Hebberoy (One Pot) brings together Erin, Sean Nelson and other special guests in a night of music and romantic agony. Read more and buy tickets.

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