Recent News

Allen Otte (left) and John Lane of The Innocents. (Kin Lam Lam)
By  |  Special to The Seattle Times Recently, The National Registry of Exonerations released its annual report tracking U.S. state-by-state numbers of prisoners who won freedom in 2018 after their convictions were overturned.... Read more
UW Vocal Opera Theatre (photo: Steve Korn)
By  | Special to The Seattle Times Opera’s grandness is one of its best qualities — and also one of its most intimidating. The stage is crowded with singers, props, fabulous costumes and scenery. A live orchestra accompanies them as they generate a vast cascade of notes, often in a foreign language. The opera-going experience also conjures up images of hoity-toity... Read more
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