Love notes

Were you moved by a performance? Did it make you feel happy, sad, anything at all? Did it remind you of a special moment, or inspire you to try something new? Leave a note and we’ll pass it on to the artists.

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“Thank you so very much for allowing me to attend La Traviata Met Opera at Pacific Place. It was one of the most glorious performances I’ve ever attended and could not have afforded without your generous kindness.” ~ Phil Boxell, 3/13/2017 (Met Live in HD: La Traviata)

“Thank you for sharing your music with us! It was lovely and still so relevant and resonant centuries later. I was glad to see I wasn’t the only nerd who loves this style of music. :-) Thank you!” – EJ in Seattle, 1/15/2017 (Early Music Guild presents Musica Pacifica: Alla Napolitana)

“Needing beautiful music more than ever, I am going to THREE events, one each day of the weekend. Thank you to all artists and musicians who sustain our spirits.” ~ Ann F. on Inauguration Day, 1/20/2017

“Your performance was absolutely stunning. Although I am not Haitian, I am the kid of Filipino immigrants. I can relate to growing up in a diaspora, always in between. I really appreciated hearing your truths and duality. Thank you.” ~ A listener, 12/22/16 (Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain: Blackbird, FlyTown Music)

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening. You are truly talented group of musicians. It was a powerful and heart opening experience. Thank you for all your dedication and sharing such joy.” ~ A listener, 12/19/16 (NOCCO: Winter Solstice)

“A sweet, bitter, hopeful reality shower…” ~ Patricia Ann, 12/17/16 (Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain: Blackbird, FlyTown Music)

“This performance was so powerful. As someone who lived in Philly for a few years and worked on programming with Opera Philadelphia, I am really looking forward to your MOVE piece! You all made Town Hall Seattle feel like an intimate gathering and really led the audience along and acknowledged the moments happening in beautiful ways…” ~ Elena Swartz, 12/8/16 (Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain: Blackbird, FlyTown Music)

“Thanks for your wonderful service to artists and art lovers. Through your web site, I learned about the Brechemin Auditorium, and it’s one of my favorite venues now.” ~ Val C. in Wallingford, 12/5/16

“A wonderful evening of beautiful music that warmed a cold and rainy autumn evening. Thank you for introducing me to the music of Arensky and for teaching me about his significance in the history of music. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances, especially when the viola spent some time in the spotlight with Amber Archibald’s interpretation of the Glazunov!” ~ AJ in Seattle, 12/3/16 (Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle: Autumn Evenings)

“I’m a violinist who is considering moving to Seattle but a little nervous to leave the absolutely thriving new music community of Los Angeles. We were in Seattle the weekend of your Cage concert and decided to check it out, hoping to get a better sense of the new/experimental music scene in Seattle. Seeing the huge community of people enjoying the event and hearing the great performances made me feel better about the possibility of starting a career in Seattle. Congrats on a wonderful event!” ~ Emily Call, 11/28/16 (MV Presents: John Cage Musicircus)

“Thank you for sharing a precious evening of music and healing. The performances were beautiful – a kind of beautiful that also manifested itself as the power to inspire a unified sense of love and healing upon all of us that attended.” ~ AJ in Seattle, 11/27/16 (Music, Thanks and Giving: A Benefit Concert of Healing and Love)

“What a wonderful event – bringing together so much of the work by Cage and others. The performances of Lucier’s Silver Streetcar and the mashup of Cage’s 45′ for a Speaker and 27.’ 10.554″ were particular highlights. Enlightened, engaging, and unique realizations of the work. I was visiting from LA and am considering a move to Seattle, so I was thrilled to see such a well-supported experimental music event in Seattle. Please continue!” ~ J from LA, 11/27/16 (MV Presents: John Cage Musicircus)

“I left floating on a cloud!” ~ An Inspired Listener, 11/25/16 (Music, Thanks and Giving: A benefit concert of healing and love)

“Such a lovely concert! The sound was so rich and full in the church, and the pieces were beautifully and thoughtfully performed.” ~ A Happy Listener, 11/20/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Strings: Love Songs – Inaugural Concert)

“Thanks for bringing this impactful, gorgeous collaboration to Seattle! The night will stay with me for a long, long time to come.” ~ A listener, 11/14/16 (Cornish Presents: Bora Yoon)

“I almost forgot how emotionally lifted and charged live music can make me feel. Kristin, Tara, Jay, Conor, and Michael reopened my eyes, ears, and heart last night in an up-close and intimate performance of Debussy, Ravel, Dutilleux, Ades, and Britten. Thank you, Emerald City Music, for creating this series and for fostering an open, welcome, community-oriented atmosphere. I can’t wait for the next show!” ~ A listener, 11/12/16 (Emerald City Music: Darkness Visible)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience that Emerald City Music brings to Seattle. It’s a very different chamber music experience yet it’s most definitely not a novelty. The music is world class and the space is very intimate, and there’s a very community-oriented vibe all around. I loved the music, the thoughtfulness behind each program, being able to meet the amazing musicians, and to share a musical experience with a community of people. Keep doing what you do, ECM!” ~ A listener, 11/12/16 (Emerald City Music: Darkness Visible)

“Really nice mix of eras and genres; I appreciate getting to hear the less famous pieces together with the old classics. It was also great to see you working with the high school students; that was really effectively done, and they are quite talented.” ~ A listener, 11/2/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: From the New World)

“I really enjoyed your concert. My only regret is that I wasn’t aware of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra before now. Thank you so much for your performance!” ~ A listener, 11/2/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: From the New World)

“Awesome rare experience!” ~ A listener, 11/1/16 (Seattle Baroque Orchestra: Tafelmusik)

“Love the conductor Adam Stern’s music interpretation! The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band was amazing!” ~ A listener, 11/1/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: From the New World)

“It was a FABULOUS concert that my 11 yr old son also said that it was the BEST concert he has seen so far. As a pianist and cellist, it was a wonderful experience as all the pieces were so different and engaging! Thank YOU!!” ~ A listener, 11/2/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: From the New World)

“Amazing job, very excited that the EMG exists!” ~ A listener, 10/31/16 (Early Music Underground: Bachtoberfest)

“Our first event with the Everett Phil was great in every way. Loved the venue, the program, and the musicianship was first rate. Also really loved the conductor’s attitude and passion… and his red socks. Because my partner is hard of hearing we also loved that it was General Admission so we could sit up close to hear (& feel) the performances.” ~ A listener, 10/12/16 (Everett Philharmonic Orchestra)

“Great concert! Love the conductor’s red socks, so stylish! The piano soloist was excellent. Very high quality, very polished performance. Wish it was longer, was sorry to leave.” ~ A listener, 10/12/16 (Everett Philharmonic Orchestra)

“Caroline – I can’t believe you are only 23! You were brilliant last night. I hope some day I can reach your level of perfection in my chosen field. Joshua – How did you make the cello sound like it was a bunch of cellos?! Thanks a ton to both of you for making our night :)” ~ A listener, 10/6/16 (Town Music: Josh Roman & Caroline Goulding)

“The performances were spectacular. The skill of the musicians was really impressive. On top of that, the stage presence and chemistry of each of the groups was really fascinating to watch. In particular I really enjoyed the way that the string trio played together. It was like watching a very lively and complex conversation.” ~ A listener, 8/5/16 (Seattle Chamber Music Society: Poulenc, Beethoven & Brahms)

“It was truly inspiring and encouraging to hear such remarkable musicians, especially 25-year-old Benjamin Beilman and Anna Polonsky who played with such intensity and verve Richard Strauss’ violin sonata, a piece which really sounded like a full-fledged concerto. It also sounded like the two had performed together for decades, so impressive was their unity, throwing deftly phrases to each other and catching them with grace, soaring and diving like synchronized divers. And to see James Ehnes humbly turning pages for the pianists in the initial recital was amazing! Yes, he would have made Toby Saks proud by continuing the tradition of bringing the best chamber musicians every year to Seattle. Indeed, because of people like him, this city really has assumed its place among the major American cultural centers. Thanks!” ~ A listener, 7/30/16 (Seattle Chamber Music Society: Mozart, Strauss, Britten & Mendelssohn)

“The concert was fantastic. The Dvorak Wind Serenade was passionate and exquisite. The Haydn violin concerto was sublime. And the new piece, Chamber Dances, by Joan Tower was a special treat and an amazing composition. NOCCO exudes talent.” ~ A listener, 6/22/16 (North Corner Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Dances)

“Great experience. All the artists played their hearts out on that stage. An excellent show!” ~ A listener, 6/9/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: An Apocalyptic Radiance – Mahler’s ‘Titan’)

“Thanks – the concert was awesome! And it really is a treat watching something like the Dvorak in a chamber setting and being able to see the themes bounce around from instrument to instrument. :) Great show, great program, great performers!” ~ A listener, 6/6/16 (North Corner Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Dances)

“I had not heard this group before and was very impressed with the quality of their music.” ~ A listener, 5/16/16 (Northwest Sinfonietta: Ravel & Strauss)

“What a pleasant way to close out Early Music Guild’s season! It’s a real treat getting to hear the variety of instruments Piffaro plays. I now understand where some of Bach’s inspiration comes from!” ~ A listener, 5/2/16 (Early Music Guild presents Piffaro: Back Before Bach)

“Awesome date night. Thanks so much for the history, humor, and fantastic performance.” ~ A listener, 4/20/16 (Early Music Underground: Dirty Baroque Dancing)

“Fantastic program last night. Excellent, surprising, beautiful.” ~ A listener, 4/16/16 (Northwest Sinfonietta: Brahms & Beethoven)

The conductor’s skill and passion was wonderful. His emotion while conducting the Beethoven will be with me for a long time. Everyone was brilliant. The evening was perfect in every way. We loved the free chamber concert as well. We couldn’t have been happier.” ~ A listener, 4/16/16 (Northwest Sinfonietta: Brahms & Beethoven)

“You all put on a wonderful concert! I loved your programming and particularly enjoyed the variety of instrument combinations you chose for your continuo section. More of that, please :). I also really loved the more obscure works you performed, especially the Anna Bon piece. Lovely stuff.” ~ Thomas Albanese, 4/2/16 (Ensemble Audax: Of Passion and Reason)

“Congratulations on a wonderful concert. Thank you for featuring a lesser-known concerto. Thank you for featuring one of the area’s young talents. Thank you for hosting a family-friendly event.” ~ A listener, 3/27/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: ‘The work of the Archangel Michael’ – Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony)

“Lovely to hear a harpsichord! Great introduction notes to each piece and the pairing to the wine was fabulous.” ~ A listener, 3/15/16 (Early Music Underground: Springtime in the Garden of Aranjuez)

“Your performance was exquisite. It was an honor to be there. Thank you.” ~ A listener, 3/1/16 (Emerald City Music launch concert)

“What an enchanting evening and incredibly effective launch party, I couldn’t be more excited for the series! ~ A listener, 3/1/16 (Emerald City Music launch concert)

“Loved the intimate experience at The Royal Room, hope to see you play again very soon!” ~ A listener, 2/22/16 (North Corner Chamber Orchestra: The 3 B’s – with a twist)

“Over the past 20 years, I’ve been intermittently attending the Seattle Chamber Music Society and have found its concerts of the highest standard, played by the best chamber musicians around the nation. One of the delights is the repartee the musicians also have with the audience, which creates an inclusive and intimate environment. Indeed, the SCMS is one of the highlights – and landmarks – of Seattle’s cultural history.” ~ A listener, 2/4/16 (Seattle Chamber Music Society: Mozart, Dohnányi, Schumann)

“I’m ashamed to admit that I had never heard of you before a friend invited me to join her at your concert last Saturday. What a treat! Thank you!” ~ 1/25/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: Four Great Composer-Conductors)

“I loved the concert. I wanted to let them know that it was wonderful. I especially like the conductor’s description of the last work, it made it so much more interesting and understandable.” ~ 1/25/16 (Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: Four Great Composer-Conductors)

“We really like the fun and energy of NOCCO. This concert was an interesting mix of music. The first piece taxed our sophistication, and then the Stravinsky was wonderful. We’re looking forward to hearing more!” ~ Robin & John Knudson, 12/15/15 (North Corner Chamber Orchestra: Heart of Winter)

“They were absolutely fantastic and I hadn’t had any clue about this group. The trombonist was outstanding! Would love to hear them again!” ~ A listener, 12/14/15 (North Corner Chamber Orchestra: Heart of Winter)

“This best concert I’ve heard since I arrived in Seattle – the tribute to the Paris attacks was the highlight of the night.” ~ A listener, 12/6/16 (Northwest Sinfonietta: Verdi & Schubert)

 

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