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Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir
Cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir performs with orchestras and smaller ensembles all around the globe and teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle. But Vernacular, her new CD on Sono Luminus, affirms her Icelandic roots even as it acknowledges her geographic distance from her native land. Thorsteinsdóttir has lived outside Iceland most of her life, and the four Icelandic composers whose work she performs on this recital have likewise lived abroad for extended periods. Hafliði... Read more
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