Harmonia’s theme this season is “Dialogue,” and we hope it will give you plenty to talk about! I personally find that music is the very best spark for conversation, because a particular work will necessarily mean something different to every person who comes into contact with it, from the composer who wrote it, to the musicians who perform it, to the myriad listeners who hear it.
The great thing about a great cultural tradition such as classical music is that with every new work, an artist is responding to other artists. These musical dialogues can take place over the course of days or of centuries, and we all get to eavesdrop on the conversation.
And the conversation continues! This season we’ll hear new music from the minds of some of Harmonia’s most beloved composer-collaborators, as they respond to the world around them and the music and texts that inspire them.
Musical dialogue isn’t just a private conversation between composers. Musicians “speak” to each other every time they perform together, but our “final collaborator” is always the audience. You might not realize just how much you’re telling us with your reactions, even small ones, as you listen to the sounds we produce from the stage. On behalf of my colleagues, I thank you for being part of the dialogue this season, and I can’t wait to hear what you think.
William White, Harmonia music director
Saturday, October 8, 2022 • 7:30 p.m. • First Free Methodist Church
Menotti Amelia al ballo Overture
Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Beyer World Out of Balance [world premiere]
Saturday, November 12, 2022 • 7:30 p.m. • First Free Methodist Church
Schubert Symphony in B minor (“Unfinished”)
Mozart Requiem in D minor
Saturday, December 17, 2022 • 2:30 p.m. • First Free Methodist Church (Seattle)
Sunday, December 18, 2022 • 2:30 p.m. • Bastyr Chapel (Kenmore)
Saturday, February 4, 2023 • 7:30 p.m. • First Free Methodist Church
Bristow When Music Sounds [world premiere]
Kechley Hard Times: Antiphonal Conversations [world premiere]
Bach Magnificat in D major
Saturday, March 11, 2023 • 7:30 p.m. • Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
Still Poem for Orchestra
Mason Symphony No. 5 (“Harmonia”) [world premiere]
Still Threnody: In Memory of Jean Sibelius
Sibelius Symphony No. 3 in C major
Saturday, April 15, 2023 • 7:30 p.m. • Plymouth United Church of Christ
Program to include music of Henry Purcell, Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, Benjamin Britten, and many others)
Sunday, May 7, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. • Benaroya Hall
Garcia Vast Array
Price Song of Hope [West Coast premiere]
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Ode to Joy”)