I’m revisiting my previous post, in which I somewhat lazily dissected the season announcements of three orchestras (Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville) for 2012-2013, to a look at the soloists that they’ve engaged for the season (plus those slated for the LA Philharmonic as well, to add some more (?) into the mix). Will there be any trends, any surprises? Not likely, but you never know.
It’s the middle of the summer. The dog days, one might say, at least here in Portland, where the mercury is expected to top 90°F again today. There is little going on, classical musically speaking in Portland right now, except for the final concerts of Chamber Music Northwest‘s summer festival this Thursday through Sunday. The action lies further away from the urban centers at this time of year. My colleague James Bash linked to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony which starts up its concert run on July 27th.
Yeol Eum Sun
The Sunriver Music Festival in central Oregon begins its concerts August 13th, with a solo recital by Van Cliburn Competition Silver Medallist Yeol Eum Sun. Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki will be making his dual concertmaster and solo debut with the Sunriver Festival Orchestra on Saturday, August 14th, and Yeol Eum Sun will perform a concerto with the orchestra on Sunday, August 15th.
Jun Iwasaki – Photo: Absolute Images
If you’re a fan of the up and coming talent in classical music in Portland/SW Washington, then you are no doubt familiar with the Young Artists at the Schnitz concert.Â It’s a great way to hear lots of great music for instrumentalists and vocalists with a great pick-up orchestra under the able direction of Niel DePonte – all performed by some of the region’s top young musicians and singers.
Get your tickets here.