Symphony’s chamber series will get off to eclectic start
The Seattle Symphony’s 3-concert Chamber Music series opens with Latin American and European fare, performed by leading Symphony musicians and guest artists Paul Taub and Anait Arutunian, Nov. 3, 2013.
Seattle Times arts writer
Local lovers of chamber music enjoy two big blowouts during the year: the summer and winter festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. But where to go for top-drawer small-ensemble recitals during the rest of the year?
The Seattle Symphony’s three-concert Chamber Series is here to help. Its first show of the season boasts an eclectic program that mixes Latin American flavors (pieces by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and Mariano Mores) with European fare (Beethoven, Schulhoff and Boulez). Schulhoff’s Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass is an especially seductive draw, while Boulez’s “Messagesquisse” is a spooky, scurrying piece for seven cellos, well suited to Halloween week.
Add Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3 (the first he ever wrote), Villa-Lobos’ sublime Quintette instrumental for flute, harp and string trio and some zesty tango fare, and you can’t go wrong. SSO players, including concertmaster Alexander Velinzon, principal cellist Efe Baltacigil and principal violist Susan Gulkis Assadi, are joined by guests Paul Taub (flute) and Anait Arutunian (violin).
2 p.m. Sunday, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $39 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Michael Upchurch: email@example.com