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Seattle Chamber Players and Heiner Goebbels Mar 8, 2010

Zach Carstensen posted some more background on how Seattle Chamber Players came to find Heiner Goebbels and why this composer is making important waves in the contemporary art scene:

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Karaoke meets the Muppets Mar 8, 2010

Someone just posted this to the facebook event invite for Speak & Sing  next week:

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War and Romance, Honey and Chickens Mar 5, 2010

Last night, with so much to look at, listen to, and comprehend, I found myself ebb back and forth between both overwhelming curiosity and peaceful enjoyment. Listening to the music of Heiner Goebbels, performed by Seattle Chamber Players and Pacific Musicworks was a mind whirling treat. Three works in length, the show was a smooth transition from a short overture, to an amusing rendition of Monteverdi’s II Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (where I was highly intrigued by the Monty Python –esque character reenactments) to the third, hour long piece by Goebbels.

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Opera according to Bugs Bunny Mar 5, 2010

I'd like to take the opportunity of having opera in our theater to post a few short cartoons that shaped my understanding of opera.

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1943 Mar 5, 2010

Yesterday morning I got a phone call from my mother. She had received word from Austria that her cousin, a woman I called an aunt, had died. In 1943 my mother was 6 years old. She and the rest of my family had been moved out to the countryside after an Allied bombing of Innsbruck destroyed their apartment building and killed her sister. When my mother talks about the war now, her memories are of the farm life, of how her siblings and cousins all played together in the barnyard and helped their grandfather tend the beehives.

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PICA on "Art From the Comfort of Your Home" Mar 4, 2010

Our friends down at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) recently posted on their blog about the NEA's recent findings about attendance to the arts. In that they talk about OntheBoards.tv and begin wrestling with questions about how our project relates to audiences in-house:

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"Something Weird This Way Comes" Mar 4, 2010

Yesterday Brendan Kiley began trying to piece together Goebbels and what will be happening onstage this weekend:

This weekend at On the Boards, German composer/spectacle maker Heiner Goebbels will present his Songs of Wars I Have Seen, based on Gertrude Stein's memoir about being an American expatriate during WWII. I know next to nothing about Goebbels, but video clips of his other performances are deeply, magnetically odd and dreamy.

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