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Northwest Sinfonietta with UW Piano Students

Friday, April 12, 2024 - 7:30pm
$10 all tickets
Northwest Sinfonietta
Northwest Sinfonietta (Courtesy Photo).

UW piano students perform concerto movements with Tacoma-based chamber orchestra Northwest Sinfonietta (David Alexander Rahbee, conductor).

This event is made possible with support from the Michiko Morita Miyamoto Professorships in Piano. 


Il Mondo della luna: Overture …………………………………………………..Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) 

Piano Concerto No.1, in C major, op. 15………………………..…..Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
I. Allegro con brio
Hannah Bao (student of Cristina Valdes)

Piano Concerto No.3, in C minor, op. 37………………………..…..Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
I. Allegro con brio
Scott Fischer, Jr. (student of Craig Sheppard)


Piano Concerto No.2, in D minor, op. 40…………………………….…..Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
II. Adagio, molto sostenuto
III. Finale: Presto scherzando 
Xinrui Huang (student of Craig Sheppard)

Piano Concerto No.5, in E-flat major, op. 73, Emperor…………..Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
I. Allegro
Cicy Li (student of Robin McCabe)


Northwest Sinfonietta

Founded in 1991, Northwest Sinfonietta is the premiere, professional chamber orchestra in the Puget Sound area. As an ensemble of 34 musicians, the Sinfonietta (meaning 'little symphony' in Italian), is smaller than a symphony orchestra and flexible in size, able to fit in any size 'chamber.' We draw from over 400 years of art music and program a wide array of works with intentional focus on representation of women and BIPOC composers.
In 2015 the Sinfonietta became one of the few orchestras in the world to move to an Artistic Partner model of operations. This allows our musicians to take a larger role in the vision and programming of the season, working closely with multiple talented conductors and performers. Northwest Sinfonietta is currently working with three world-class conductors as Artistic Partners, Yaniv Attar, Mei-Ann Chen and Jeffery Meyer. 
Beyond the concert stage, NWS provides a variety of education and community engagement opportunities throughout Pierce County. NWS's robust education programs serve youth of all ages, from pre-school through college with Musical Storytelling and low-sensory programs for young children, classroom coaching, open rehearsal field trips, side-by-side playing opportunities and a Youth Concerto Competition for middle- and high-school students, and masterclasses, side-by-side playing and open rehearsals for college music students. 
Northwest Sinfonietta performs several concerts each season in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations at a variety of venues, expanding the reach and impact of our programs in the community. 
David Rahbee

David Alexander Rahbee is currently Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities and Chair of Orchestral Conducting. He is Music Director and Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra and founder of the UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras. He is a recipient of the American-Austrian Foundation's 2003 Herbert von Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, the 2005 International Richard-Wagner-Verband Stipend, a fellowship the Acanthes Centre in Paris (2007), and is first prize winner in conducting from The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts for 2020. His work at UW has earned national recognition. In 2021 he was praised by The American Prize as “Consistently one of the most courageous and comprehensive [orchestral] programmers working in higher education in the U.S. today…”

Dr. Rahbee has appeared in concert with orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Kammerphilharmonie Berlin-Brandenburg, Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Orchesterakademie der Bochumer Symphoniker, the Dresden Hochschule orchestra, Grand Harmonie, the Boston New Music Initiative, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Loja (Ecuador), Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Cool Opera of Norway (members of the Stavanger Symphony), Schönbrunner Schloss Orchester (Vienna), the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Kennett Symphony, and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan. His collaborations with the Seattle Symphony include assistant conductor for the performance and recording of Ives’ Fourth Symphony, and as guest conductor for their Native Lands project and the North American premiere of Páll Ragnar Pallson's Quake with faculty cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir. He has collaborated with several prominent soloists such as Sarah Chang, Jon Kimura Parker, Yekwon Sunwoo, Glenn Dicterow and Jonathan Biss. He has been a guest rehearsal conductor for numerous young orchestras, such as the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, and the Vienna University of Technology orchestra. He has served on faculty of the Pierre Monteux School as Conducting Associate, has been resident conductor of the Atlantic Music Festival and guest conductor at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Dr. Rahbee was an assistant at the Vienna State opera from 2002-2010. As part of his fellowship and residency at the 2003 Salzburg Festival, Dr. Rahbee was assistant conductor of the International Attergau Institute Orchestra, where he worked with members of the Vienna Philharmonic. He has been selected to actively participate in masterclasses with prominent conductors such as Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Jorma Panula, Zdeněk Mácal, Peter Eötvös, Zoltán Peskó and Helmut Rilling, and counts Nikolaus Harnoncourt to be among his most influential mentors. From 1997-2001, David Rahbee was founder and conductor of the Fidelio Chamber Orchestra in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Rahbeeʼs principal conducting teachers were Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin and composition from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in orchestral conducting, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Montreal in orchestral conducting.  He has also participated in post-graduate conducting classes at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna. His brass arrangements are published by Warwick Music, and his articles on the music of Mahler have appeared in journals of the International Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft, among others.

In addition to being awarded first prize in conducting from The American Prize for 2020, he was awarded 2nd place in 2019. He has also placed among winners for five consecutive years for The American Prize Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award for Orchestral Programming, recognizing his programming with the UW Symphony and its affiliated ensembles for every season since he joined the faculty. The UWSO has also been a finalist in the category of orchestral performance in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Dr. Rahbee is co-editor of Daniels’ Orchestral Music (6thedition) and Daniels’ Orchestral Music Online (DOMO), the gold standard among conductors, orchestral administrators, orchestra librarians as well as other music professionals and students researching for orchestral programming.