George Handel's Messiah is a musical fixture of the holiday season. Handel composed the entire score in just 24 days, which is an astounding musical accomplishment and nothing short of a miracle! FOr some, Messiah is pure "e;entertainment" - for others, it is the "greatest story ever told." With its instantly recognizable Hallelujah Chorus, one thing is for certain - Messiah continues to have widespread musical appeal for ALL audiences and musicans alike, and is the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season!
This concert represents the joy of the human spirit – with music from around the world that contains human elements of love, fire, passion, and great beauty. From classical to contemporary jazz, our Bravo! Chamber Players will perform such diverse pieces as: Astor Piazzola’s exquisite “Oblivion” for clarinet and strings; Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet”; Aaron Copland’s “Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet; Seattle native Bill Douglas’ “Morning Song” for clarinet, bassoon and piano, and Israeli composer Joseph Achron’s “Kiddush Hashem” for clarinet and strings. You won’t want to miss this musical celebration of human emotions by the BEST musicians in the Northwest.
By POPULAR DEMAND! Bravo! continues a NEW concert tradition of presenting silent films with live orchestra. This year we have selected Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917) and Buster Keaton’s film Cops (1922). In the film Cops Buster Keaton sets out to prove to his girlfriend that he can become a successful businessman, buying a wagon of furniture and accidentally driving it into a parade, which leads to one of the greatest chases in all of silent comedy. This is a unique concert experience and pure FUN for all ages – don’t miss it!
The 9th Symphony is considered by audiences, musicians and music historians to be the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s career. Since its premiere in 1824 it has represented the ideals of Freedom and Universal Brotherhood of man. In 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted a memorable performance at the Brandenburg Gate after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The well-known 4th movement features the “Ode to Joy” for choir, soloists, and orchestra – the tune for the popular hymn “Joyful, Joyful, we adore thee”. Our own Bravo! Chorale, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, guest choirs and musicians will unite together to create a spectacular tribute to one of the most beloved masterpieces of all time!
Duke Ellington composed some of America’s greatest jazz music. But Ellington himself considered his Sacred Concert to be “the most important thing I’ve ever done.” Commissioned by San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral in the 60’s, it symbolizes freedom and peace – freedom from war and freedom of the human spirit. It is scored for Jazz Choir, Big Band… and even a Tap Dancer! We also present the World Premiere of Michael Kissinger’s American Jazz Requiem. Composed for Jazz Orchestra and Large Choir, Michael’s music blends jazz, gospel, and blues styles with both contemporary and traditional Latin texts. It’s powerful music that celebrates freedom and life. Our special guests are the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra.
Jazz Pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi’s unique contributions to the jazz world have evolved like falling dominoes through a series of events that started with a piano-loving little Japanese girl in China and brought her to prominence as an unparalleled pianist, composer and leader of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Toshiko’s recordings have received a total of 14 Grammy Award nominations, and she was awarded the 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master for her lifetime achievements as an American jazz musician. For more than 50 years she and her husband, saxophonist/flutist Lew Tabackin have been entertaining and performing for audiences around the world. (Tentative Venue: Royal Durst Theatre, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics)