HIGHLINE COLLEGE |Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Cello chamber quartet channels music in Auburn

By Divier Serrano - Staff Reporter

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra will be bringing a splurge of classic and modern music to Auburn this upcoming Friday in a style known as chamber music.

The executive director of the Auburn symphony, Rachel Perry, described chamber music as music that could be played in small rooms.

"Chamber music is a fairly old term that comes from when music used to be played in living rooms or chambers, so it's often with very few musicians. Anywhere from three to six musicians in our case," said Perry.

The Auburn symphony regularly performs as a whole, but for chamber music it requires less musicians.

"It just offers a more intimate concert experience because we often perform in churches or restaurants where it's not a big open concert hall. It's sort of a different concert experience. You just feel a little bit more connected to the musicians."

The difference between a symphony and chamber mu- sic is more elaborate than it sounds.

"There's not all the different types of instruments. A symphony orchestra has strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. A chamber ensemble in a string quartet or brass quintet is often fewer instruments and very often instruments that are similar to each other. They're instruments in the same instrument family," said Perry.

The upcoming performance is one that Perry said will be for good sport.

"This weekend it is four cellos performing together, a cello quartet. The music in this concert is kind of a large variety of music. It will start with some earlier music. Music that was composed in the 1700s and 1800s and has worked its way all the way up to more modern music," she said.

"The concert actually ends with an arrangement of Up-town Funk by Bruno Mars. This particular concert is more good sport."

Perry actually says there are two places where they will be performing the same songs.

"These concerts we're offering one performance at Geaux Brewing, which is an all ages restaurant, and the same performance at a church in Auburn. Depending on your preference you can listen to the music while you have dinner and talk with your friends and family, or come and listen to the music in a more traditional concert setting," she said.

"Either one provides its own special experience, it just depends on what people prefer and what they want to try out, but it's a good opportunity to try out some new music."

The first concert will be on Nov. 22nd from 7 to 9 p.m. at Geaux Brewing, 425 E Main St, Auburn.

The second concert is on Nov. 24th from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn.

The price of general tickets for adults 21 and older is $20, and $5 for beverage purchases. Tickets are $10 for students.

You can purchase your tickets online at https://www.auburnsymphony.org/2019-20-season.


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The end of October comes with the holiday events of November. Symphonies and concerts start out November strong.

Federal Way Performing Arts Center will host Tango Del Cielo, Tango of Heaven on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. It is a multimedia show with sensuous music and dramatic Latin flamenco. With harp, string, drums and dance, Tango Del Cielo has a unique theatrical program for those who attend.

Tickets start at $22 for general admission.

Federal Way Performing Arts Center address is 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: https://av.fwpaec.org/online/default.asp

Pacific Northwest Ballet will host Locally Sourced on Nov. 8 through Nov. 17.

Locally Sourced is a triple bill of new local work from three featured artist.

Donald Byrd, artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater and a TONY nominated and Bessie Award-winning choreographer, shares the stage with Eva Stone, founder/producer of CHOP SHOP. PNB dancer Miles Pertl takes his first turn on the mainstage following creations for NEXT STEP and Pacific Northwest Ballet School Performance.

Locally Sourced tickets start at $30 and go up to $190.

The event will be held at McCaw Hall. The address of the event is 321 Mercer St. Seattle.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: https://www.pnb.org/season/locally-sourced/

Langston Seattle will host Gary Hammon on Nov 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Born and raised in Seattle, Gary "Jubil" Hammon is one of a number of black jazz musicians from the area that have enjoyed a long and successful career in the performing arts.

The event will end out the Earshot Jazz Festival and will be held at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

The Earshot Jazz supports the growing community of jazz artists and audiences in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

The address for the venue is 104 17th Ave S. Seattle.

Tickets are $22 for general admission.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.langstonseattle.org/event/garyhammon/.