Some new names, some old favorites and one key innovation behind the scenes are in store for the 2014-15 season of the UW World Series.
Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Meany Hall for the first time in almost a decade. The ever-popular Pilobolus will be back with its shape-shifting dance magic.
Established pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Jon Kimura Parker and Angela Hewitt are on the roster, and the Emerson String Quartet will make its annual visit to Meany Hall.
Three special events have a crossover emphasis: mandolin player Chris Thileand double bassist Edgar Meyer, with their equal footing in bluegrass and classical music; saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who’ll join the English Chamber Orchestra for a Baroque program; and sitarist Anoushka Shankar, who’ll pay tribute to her legendary father, the late Ravi Shankar.
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UW World Series artistic director Michelle Witt is especially excited about the world premiere of Noche Flamenca’s “Antigona,” a flamenco-dance retelling of the Greek classical tragedy, directed by Lee Breuer, founding co-artistic director of New York’s Mabou Mines Theater Company. Noche Flamenca will be in residence at Meany for two weeks beforehand, preparing for the work’s debut.
“It’s the realization of a goal I’ve had,” Witt writes, “since arriving at Meany Hall three years ago: that the UW World Series could move from being merely a presenter of the performing arts to becoming an active supporter of the creative process of artists.”
“Antigona” will have live musical accompaniment, as will Urban Bush Woman and Mark Morris Dance Group.
Newcomers to Seattle are: The Jerusalem Quartet, performing Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” and Bartok’s Quartet No. 4; the Catalyst Quartet, with an all-American program of 20th- and 21st-century composers; pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the 2013 Gold Medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; and The Nile Project, led by an Egyptian musicologist and Ethiopian-American singer in collaboration with musicians together from 11 countries along the Nile River.
Filling out the rest of the season: dance troupes David Roussève/REALITY and the Lyon Opera Ballet; chamber ensembles the Miró Quartet and the Takács Quartet; pianist Olga Kern; and, on the world-music front, the Touré-Raichel Collective (led by Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré and Israel’s Idan Raichel) and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Various packages and prices are available. Info: 206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 1.
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