Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) has announced the lineup for its 2014 Summer Festival, happening July 7 through Aug. 2 at Benaroya Hall.
Longtime favorite performers — violinists Stefan Jackiw and Erin Keefe, cellists Edward Arron and Robert deMaine, pianists Inon Barnatan, Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss — are among those returning, and SCMS’s director, violinist James Ehnes, will play at almost every concert.
Notable newcomers will include Stéphane Lévesque, principal bassoonist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (and brother of Seattle Symphony’s principal flutist Demarre McGill, who is leaving the SSO at the end of the season to join the Dallas Symphony).
In an interview at SCMS’ 2014 Winter Festival, Ehnes said the Summer Festival will include more vocal chamber music than in years past (anchored by a performance of the Brahms “Liebeslieder Waltzes”) as well as a performance of Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale” in its entirety (not just the suite).
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The Ehnes Quartet will return to play works by Beethoven. Pieces by Bartók, Brahms, Debussy, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky are also on the roster.
On the contemporary-music front, a new piano trio by Derek Bermel, the recently appointed artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s American Composers Orchestra, will have its world premiere. There are also some “Mystery Sonatas” for solo violin in the cards, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang (co-founder and co-artistic director of the experimental chamber group Bang on a Can) and performed by violin wizard Augustin Hadelich.
SCMS will again present a free outdoor concert in Volunteer Park (July 30). Other special events include a family concert, “Peter and the Wolf and Other Tales” (July 26), and a screening of “Hello?! Orchestra,” a film about violist Richard O’Neill’s work with a children’s orchestra in South Korea.
“It’s going to be a great summer, full of a lot of variety,” Ehnes says.
Subscription tickets range from $180-$540 single tickets are $16 and $48. Family Concert tickets are $12 (206-283-8710 or www.seattlechambermusic.org).
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