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Marcin Pączkowski - photo: Steve Korn
By  | Special to The Seattle Times Derek Bermel has learned creativity is a messy thing. It comes in fits and starts, backtracks, changes directions. The Seattle Symphony’s 2018-... Read more
Wind Ensemble on the Great Wall of China 2019
A successful spring break China tour by the University of Washington Wind Ensemble and director Timothy Salzman enabled 56 UW student musicians to undertake international travels in a memorable way, performing concerts and delivering master classes in three cities—Chengdu, Xi’an, and Beijing. The UW Office of Global Affairs reports some of the highlights of the tour in this feature,... Read more
Invisible Music Score
The elusive topic of “invisible music” was the focus of a May 10, 2019 symposium and concert at the University of Washington, hosted by the School of Music with the support of a grant by the Simpson Center for the Humanities.  The symposium, “Performing Lyric Cultures: Visible and Invisible,” will bring together scholars and musicians to explore a variety of poetic and dramatic texts, discovering the music underneath the words on a page.  Guest speakers from a number of universities will... Read more
Professors Joël-François Durand (right) and Larry Starr peruse the score of Durand's new commission for Seattle Symphony (Photo: Joanne DePue).
A new work by UW Composition professor Joël-François Durand, Tropes de : Bussy, for orchestra, commissioned by Seattle Symphony and Music director Ludovic Morlot, receives its world premiere on Friday, April 18 at Benaroya Hall, with a second performance on April 20. Retired UW professor Larry Starr delivers pre-concert talks on both evenings. The... Read more
Violist Melia Watras (Photo Michelle Smith-Lewis).
In the lead-up to a Meany Hall recital on April 17 in which she unveils a new major work for viola and other instruments, the chair of the UW Strings program reflects on a busy year that has seen the release of a new CD, Schumann Resonances, as well the rewarding work of preparing a complex multi-song work, Folk Style Project, for its world premiere. ... Read more