Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director / Toby Saks, Associate Artistic Director

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2014 Summer Festival

Bachtrack:

A full chamber feast in Seattle on July 10

Seattle Chamber Festival closes on an elegiac note on August 4

CityArts:

Eclectic and Electric on July 3

A Thrilling Presentation of ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ on July 14

Classical Voice North America:

Ehnes Fans Flame Of Chamber Music At Seattle Festival on July 11

Crosscut:

 The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle’s good life on July 3

KING.org:

11 Don’t-Miss Summer Concerts in Western Washington on July 9

Magic at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival on July 24

Second Inversion on KING.org:

Seattle Chamber Music Festival 2014: Derek Bermel World Premiere and More on July 3

The Seattle Times:

Seattle Chamber Music Society releases 2014 summer lineup on April 8

Parents and pianists: Anna Polonsky, Orion Weiss return to Seattle fest on July 4

Chamber-music fans, who’s your hero? Monday night, it was Augustin Hadelich on July 8

Mendelssohn brings ’em to their feet at chamber fest on July 10

At chamber fest, world premiere of contemplative ‘Death with Interruptions’ on July 15

Cellist and pianist save the day at Monday’s chamber concert on July 22

Seattle Weekly:

The Pick List: The Week’s Recommended Events on July 1

Seen and Heard International:

Seattle Chamber Music Society: An Evolving Force in the City on August 15

The SunBreak:

A Superb, Summer Concert at the CMC on July 10


 

2014 Winter Festival

Crosscut:

Warming up to Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival on January 22

Seattle Gay News:

Chamber music flourishes in Winter Festival on January 31

The Seattle Times:

Ehnes Quartet to make formal debut at SCMS Winter Festival on January 19

Chamber-music society magic continues in winter fest opening on January 25

Ehnes Quartet wows crowd in closing chamber-fest concert on February 3

 


 

 2013 Summer Festival

American Composers Alliance:

World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Sanctuary, by Seattle Chamber Music Society on July 8

Crosscut:

Summer of strings: A guide to Seattle’s chamber music festival, July 12, 2013

KING.org:

The Seattle Chamber Music Festival 2013

KUOW.org:

Understanding Vitamins, Composer Lawrence Dillion, And Greendays, July 23, 2013 (Interview begins at 14:30)

Musical America Worldwide:

World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Sanctuary Presented by Seattle Chamber Music Society, July 3, 2013

MusicWeb International:

Urban and Bucolic: Pacific Northwest Chamber Music, July 4, 2013

World Premiere Promises More Than It Delivers, July 11, 2013

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine:

A Fiendish Conversation with James Ehnes, June 26, 2013

The Seattle Times:

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s 2013 summer fest lineup, April 1, 2013

Cellist Arron: chamber music champion, Seattle chamber-fest fan, June 23, 2013

Seattle chamber-music fest returns in fine form, July 1, 2013

SCMS fest, night 2: Jazzy Martinu, eloquent Tchaikovsky, July 2, 2013

Chamber music fest continues with hits and near-misses, July 9, 2013

Britten dazzles at Seattle Chamber Music Society festival, July 16, 2013

Packed house digs in to Ives, Carter at chamber fest, July 23, 2013

Quartet skillfully navigates haunting Shostakovich, July 25, 2013

Seattle Chamber Music Society summer fest ends on high note, July 27, 2013

The SunBreak:

For Summer, a Chamber Music Feast at Benaroya Hall, July 1, 2013

Summer Chamber Music Festival Raises the Roof at Benaroya, July 6, 2013

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Summer Chamber Music Festival Fire, July 11, 2013

A Light-Hearted World Premiere at Seattle’s Summer Chamber Music Festival, July 12, 2013

Spectacular Shostakovich Lights Up Summer Chamber Music Fest, July 26, 2013



 

 2013 Winter Festival

MusicWeb International:

James Ehnes—Not Just a Pretty Bow Arm, January 30, 2013

Seattle Weekly:

Going for Baroque, January 16, 2013

The Seattle Times:

A Symphony presence in Seattle Chamber Music Society’s 2013 Winter Festival, January 13, 2013

At chamber-music fest, program and performance in harmony, January 22, 2013

The Sun Break:

At Winter Chamber Music Festival, Britten and Reich Mingle with Beethoven, January 21, 2013

From Brahms to Bartók at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, January 22, 2013

Seattle Chamber Music Society Goes for Baroque, January 26, 2013

 


 

2012 Summer Festival

Crosscut:

James Ehnes is subtly changing the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, July 24, 2012

KING.ORG:

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival, July 9, 2012

MusicWeb International:

Extremes in varying proportion open Seattle festival, July 6, 2012

Seriousness and fun from Seattle Chamber Music Society,  July 20, 2012

SCMS in premiere by Gary Kulesha,  July 23, 2012

Seattle Weekly:

Seattle Chamber Music Society: Cello, gorgeous,  July 17, 2012

Seattle Chamber Music Society: Resistant to conventional wisdom, July 21, 2012

Ear supply: A change is gonna come, June 27, 2012

The Seattle Times:

My best bets of summer, May 19, 2012

James Ehnes, happy at the helm of SCMS, July 1, 2012

Scorching Bartok opened Seattle chamber-music festival, July 3, 2012

Free chamber music recitals can be worth their weight in gold, July 9, 2012

Chamber music evening full of great composers, July 12, 2012

SSO cellist Efe Baltacigil shines in chamber-music fest, July 18, 2012

The Romantic, the modern at SCMS Festival, July 25, 2012

Seattle chamber-music fest closes with truly great finale, July 30, 2012

The Sun Break:

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival Opens Fortissimo, July 5, 2012

Catching a stellar “Trout” at the Summer Chamber Music Festival, July 6, 2012

 


 

2012 Winter Festival

Crosscut:

A new era begins for Seattle chamber music, January 31

MusicWeb International:

SCMS Winter Festival Showcases Brahms Quartets, February 7

The Seattle Times:

Chamber-music fest opens on exciting note, February 3

The Sun Break:

 


 

2011 Summer Festival

KING.ORG:

Melinda Bargreen on KING.ORG, July 25

Melinda Bargreen on KING.ORG, August 10

MusicWeb International:

Grieg, Schumann, Mozart, Schubert and Debussy, July 14

Not quite a concert, more a Seattle anniversary,  August 5

The Gathering Note:

Music matches context this past Sunday, July 19

The Seattle Times:

Departing Toby Saks: Chamber Music Festival is Rolling Smoothly, July 4

Chamber Music Fest: A little dessert, double helping of piano,  July 7

Debussy’s sole string piece makes for singular moment, July 14

Summer Festival presents concert of darkness, light,  July 28

A moving musical tribute, July 30

Chamber music fest opens Eastside concerts, August 4

The Sun Break:

Seattle’s Chamber Music Festival now in progress, July 7

Crowds arrive for summer chamber music festival, July 13

Kaminsky’s Spare and Clear Premiere, July 19

SCMS bids farewell to founder Toby Saks,  July 24

 


 

2011 Winter Festival

Crosscut:

A transcendent start to a chamber music week, January 28

The Gathering Note:

It’s Back: SCMS returns to Benaroya Hall, January 28

Brahms, Brahms and more Brahms, January 29

Faure’s First Piano Quintet a winner at SCMS Winter Festival, February 6

The Seattle Times:

Winter Festival starts with a big Liszt, January 22

World class musicianship on display, January 28