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...
...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,...
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:
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.
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"...
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.
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 and 4 eggs, 4 english muffins and 2 orders of hash browns at Mecca. Photo by Jess Massart]
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."
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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
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.