The Seattle early-music company will present Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, “Messiah,” “The Four Seasons” and Christoph Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice.”
The fourth season of Pacific MusicWorks was a banner one. The Seattle early-music company closed its season with a well-received production of “The Magic Flute,” performed with students in the University of Washington School of Music, the second such collaboration between the two groups.
Artistic director Stephen Stubbs was awarded both a Mayor’s Arts Award and a Grammy Award for best opera recording, for his work with the Boston Early Music Festival.
And ticket sales were up, too. The total sold for four productions in 2014-15 was 200 subscriptions and 3,263 single tickets, compared to the prior season, when 132 season subscriptions and 2,003 single tickets were sold, according to Galen Johnson of PMW.
So what’s next? Pacific MusicWorks has announced its fifth season, and some news: The company plans to take all four of the new season’s productions to Edmonds and Mercer Island. Looking further out, PMW will add an opera to the 2016-17 season.
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What’s ahead next season:
Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers: With English tenor Charles Daniels and esteemed cornetto player Bruce Dickey. Oct. 24, St. James Cathedral.
Handel’s “Messiah”: Soloists Teresa Wakim, Reginald Mobley, Zachary Wilder and Kevin Deas will perform alongside the University of Washington Chamber Singers. Dec. 12-13, Meany Theater, UW.
Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”: PMW Orchestra leader Tekla Cunningham and fellow musicians Linda Melsted, Emma McGrath and Adam LaMotte will each take a season. Also on this program: the composer’s Concerto for Two Cellos. Feb. 28, 2016, Meany Theater, UW.
Gluck “Orphée”: The big finale: Christoph Gluck’s setting of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Grammy-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan will sing the role of Orpheus, joined by Amanda Forsythe (Eurydice) and Valerie Vinzant (Amour). Gilbert Blin, of the Boston Early Music Festival, will direct. May 20-22, 2016, Meany Theater, UW.
Information and tickets: 206-708-6003 or pacificmusicworks.org.