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Reviews of Songs of Wars I Have Seen Mar 10, 2010

Here's what some local publications are saying about the past weekend at OtB:

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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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Songs of Wars I Have Seen Mar 6, 2010

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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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Songs of Wars I Have Seen Mar 5, 2010

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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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Seattle Times on Songs of Wars I Have Seen: "close to flawless" Mar 5, 2010

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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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Interview with Heiner Goebbels Mar 3, 2010

Once you've read the beginnner's guide and then followed up with the aesthetics of Heiner Goebbels, you're ready to hear from the man himself. A good place to start is  with this interview/feature on Heiner written by Jeremy Barker at the SunBreak.

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