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Community Update: July 2016

Researching summer music festivals during our summer event-a-thon. (Photo: J. Icasas)

In this edition: An event-a-thon, local auditions, media deadlines, and more.

LMP news

  • We had an event-a-thon!
    With summer festivals under way and orchestras announcing their new seasons, there are a ton of great concerts to add to the LMP. So we gathered together on a Saturday morning with volunteers, bagels, a magically endless supply of coffee, and a banana or two and submitted more than 90 (yes, NINETY!) events to the calendar. Thanks to Anna, Jon, Marjorie, Kevin, Maggie, Emily, Jennifer, Nick, and Cam for epic eventing. (Sound like fun? Join us next time!)
  • We got happy!
    Together with Second Inversion, we hosted a happy hour for musicians, new music enthusiasts, non-musicians, and curious bystanders to come together and share ideas, create connections, and strengthen Seattle’s ever-growing network of artists and musicians. Ideas were spawned, connections were made, and we had such a great time that we’re hosting another happy hour on July 19. Many thanks to LMP board chair and friend Kevin Clark for organizing. See you there!

Community announcements

  • The Seattle Symphony launched a multi-year commitment to respond to homelessness through artistic projects, residencies, and access to performances.
  • The Rainier Symphony announced that Jeffery Lund has accepted the position of music director and conductor with the orchestra.
  • Emerald City Music seeks event volunteers and an artist home host in the Seattle Area for the week of July 11-16. Contact Andrew Goldstein for details.
  • The upper floors of King Street Station are being transformed into a cultural hub; the next public working meeting to explore possibilities for the space is August 10.
  • Thalia Symphony will hold auditions for all string sections and principal bass on August 16.
  • Bremerton Symphony Orchestra hold auditions August 23 & September 6.
  • Philharmonia Northwest will hold auditions this summer for the following positions to be filled before the start of the 2016/17 season: assistant concertmaster, viola, horn, trumpet.

Notable deadlines

  • July 5 – Seattle Magazine October print calendar submission deadline
  • July 15 – CityArts September calendar submission deadline
  • July 20 – CityArtist Projects Grants application deadline (workshop on July 6)
  • July 25 – LMP monthly community announcements submission deadline
  • July 29 – Seattle Times Fall Arts Guide submission deadline (publication date: September 14)
  • August 1 – GiveCamp 2016 application deadline
  • August 10 – The Stranger’s Fall issue of Seattle Art & Performance submission deadline (publication date: September 14)
  • Rolling – LMP calendar submission deadline is 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend digest is Wednesdays @ 5pm

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Open rehearsals are a great way for listeners to experience the collaborative aspect of music-making. The Fulton St. Chamber Players held an open rehearsal at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum earlier this month. (Photo: S. Lyon)

Community update: June 2016

Exploring our reasons for getting involved with the LMP during our community kickoff meeting in March. (Photo: J. Icasas)
Exploring our reasons for getting involved with the LMP during our community kickoff meeting in March. (Photo: J. Icasas)

In this edition: The LMP is officially a nonprofit (!), Seattle Symphony’s Philip Glass photography competition, a new-music podcast, and more.

LMP news

  • We’re a nonprofit!
    The LMP began as a side project in September 2013; in March 2016, we formalized the organization as a Washington State nonprofit corporation. We’re here to support our community for the long haul, and we’re thrilled about it! Meet the wonderful team that is making this possible.
  • We had a community kickoff meeting!
    Earlier this year, we gathered with friends and colleagues from across the community to eat chili, get creative with post-its, and talk about the current state and future plans of the LMP. We explored our reasons for being involved (“passion is contagious,” “love of the arts,”good people,” “fostering community,” “desire to build and contribute”) and hopes for the future (“the audience is as diverse as the city,” “musician-audience interaction is safely encouraged,” “musical organizations share resources and information”). We were encouraged and inspired by the incredibly passionate, talented, committed community we are in.
  • We shadowed a few orchestras
    Making music is a collaborative process, and we love collaboration. Every few months, our intrepid executive director, Shaya, tags along with a local orchestra as they prepare for a concert, telling their stories along the way. Read about what it’s like to conduct an orchestra while playing piano, the compositional muse of sorting algorithms, and how a collection of teenage chatter inspired a new work for girlchoir and orchestra.

Community announcements

  • John Cage Musicircus is seeking artists to participate in a celebration of Cage’s works at Town Hall in November; paid artist spots are available.
  • The upper floors of King Street Station are being transformed into a cultural hub; the next public working meeting to explore possibilities for the space is August 10.
  • Congratulations to violinist Takumi Taguchi (age 15) and pianist Alexander Lu (age 16), winners of the 2016 Young Artist Awards Competition presented in partnership by Seattle Chamber Music Society and Classical KING-FM 98.1; hear them perform on KING FM’s NW Focus Live, June 24th at 8pm.
  • The Universal Language Project (in partnership with Second Inversion) has launched a new podcast, which features 20-minute composer interviews followed by recordings of new work – often from the premiere, live in all its unedited glory.
  • Philharmonia Northwest will be holding auditions this summer for the following positions to be filled before the start of the 2016/17 season: assistant concertmaster, viola, horn, trumpet.
  • Using The Light by Philip Glass as your inspiration, share your photos with the hashtag #TheLightSSO on Instagram and Twitter to receive two complimentary tickets to the Seattle Symphony performance on June 30.
  • The Thalia Symphony Orchestra announces the appointment of Joseph Pollard White as music director starting with the 2016-2017 season; Maestro White is guaranteed to generate excitement with his programming and the enthusiasm he inspires in his players.
  • Join musicians from Emerald City Music for a summer hike up Issaquah’s jaw-dropping Tiger Mountain, with a chamber music performance at the peak, on July 16.
  • Registration is open for Tuned In! Summer Student Festival, an intensive and comprehensive musical learning experience for students aged 13-20, with renowned violinist Dr. Quinton Morris.
  • The Hummingbird Suzuki Academy has launched a prenatal, baby, and toddler Suzuki music program dedicated to music ability development from age zero in the Seattle area.
  • The Northwest Mahler Festival will be holding auditions June 14 and 15 for all string, wind, and percussion principal positions for its 20th Anniversary Festival Gala Concert on July 17.
  • Second Inversion and the Live Music Project are hosting a happy hour on June 22 for musicians, new music enthusiasts, non-musicians, and curious bystanders alike to come together and share ideas, create connections, and strengthen Seattle’s ever-growing network of artists and musicians.

Notable deadlines

  • CityArts August calendar – submit events by June 22
  • LMP community news – submit announcements by June 25 (1 sentence, 1 link)
  • LMP calendar – submit concerts 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend digest is Wednesdays @ 5pm
  • Seattle Magazine October calendar – submit events by July 5

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Seattle Collaborative Orchestra rehearses at University Christian Church last fall. (Photo: S. Lyon)
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra rehearses at University Christian Church last fall. (Photo: S. Lyon)

February New Music Concerts

The Live Music Project and Second Inversion have partnered to create a monthly calendar of new music performances in Seattle, Eastside, and Tacoma.

This genre – also known as art music, indie-classical, new composed music, modern classical, contemporary classical, and many other names – is the cutting edge of classical composition and improvisation, and we invite you to check it out!

The ensembles on this flyer will be displaying it at their own events. Feel free to share, download, and distribute it too!

If you’d like to be included in the flyer, please submit your performance to the LMP calendar and drop a note to maggies@king.org.

Here’s the flyer (click to enlarge):

New music concerts in Seattle, Eastside and Tacoma: February, 2016
New music concerts in Seattle, Eastside and Tacoma: February, 2016

New series: About the artists

The Live Music Project is about music and community. As we enter our third month, and prepare to expand beyond Seattle, I continue to discover more about this city’s wonderful musicians.

This learning process, and the community’s rich musical and personal experience, are inspiring, and I would love to share as much of that with you as I can.

The eagerness of young artists, passion of conductors, collaboration of orchestras, intense focus during rehearsals — these are among the topics we will explore from time to time.

Come along for the ride.

Launch news!

I am happy to announce that the Live Music Project is now live in its first city: Seattle.

There’s something for everyone: orchestral concerts, student recitals, children’s events – you name it.

Check out the following for a sample:

Together, we have made the Live Music Project a wonderful place to find classical music in Seattle, and my hope is to bring that experience to other cities as well. Please share with friends, family and musicians. The more events and listeners, the more useful the site will be to all.

Finally, thank you for your contributions of time, patience and support to help this site come to fruition. Your encouragement and feedback have been, and continue to be, a driving force of this project.

Shaya

P.S. Your feedback is welcome!