Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

2018 Summer Festival //

World class music in the heart of the city

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s (SCMS) Summer Festival brings together the finest musicians in the world, offering 12 exceptional chamber music concerts and 12 free, 30-minute pre-concert recitals, plus a free outdoor concert, and a fun Family Concert during four weeks at Benaroya Hall. To further enhance the festival experience, SCMS offers free numerous community events.

Day-by-Day
Full Program

Monday, July 2, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 2
Busoni
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 36a
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 2
Stravinsky, Mozart, Ravel
Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, K. 493
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in A minor

Ravel’s unparalleled range of instrumental color combines with intoxicating Basque and Malaysian influences in this virtuosic tour-de-force.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Thursday, July 5
Haydn and Chopin
Sonata for Piano in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:49
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Thursday, July 5
Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Schumann
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring"
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 44

Friday, July 6, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 6
Franck
Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 6
Schumann, Fauré, and Brahms
Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 45
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in B Major, Op. 8

Monday, July 9, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 9
Rachmaninov
Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 9
Leclair, Dvořák, Fauré, Barber, and Brahms
Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 3 No. 5
Gavotte for Three Violins in G minor
Elegie for Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 24
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
Sextet for Strings in G Major, Op. 36

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Wednesday, July 11
Bach
Partita No. 2 for Violin in D minor, BWV 1004
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Wednesday, July 11
Beethoven, Kodály, and Chausson
String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21

Friday, July 13, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 13
Mozart
Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 13
Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Enescu
Duet for Viola and Cello in E-flat Major, WoO32 "With Two Eyeglasses Obbligato"
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 94bis
Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7

The turbulent and epic masterpiece of Romania’s most celebrated composer, written when he was just 18 years old.

Monday, July 16, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 16
Winner(s) of the 2018 SCMS Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 16
Howard, Rachmaninov, and Brahms
133...At least
Untitled
They have just arrived at this new level

World Premiere, Commissioned by SCMS Commissioning Club

Trio No. 1 for Violin, Cello and Piano in G minor "Elegiac"
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 78

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Wednesday, July 18
Beethoven
Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Wednesday, July 18
Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, and Korngold
Première rapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Fantasiestücke for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
Sonata No. 5 for Cello and Piano in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E Major, Op. 15

“The three-movement Piano Quintet is a highly charged, virtuosic, and overwhelmingly positive piece. The optimistic first movement alternates between extroverted romanticism and the introspective beauty, and revels in its instrumental complexity. The 2nd movement is a glorious set of nine variations on themes from his song cycle of 1920, Songs of Farewell, with the third songs, “Moon, thou riseth again,” being the main inspiration. The finale opens with severe, declamatory cadenza material, before giving way to a jocular rondo theme. The coda brings back material from the beginning of the piece and brings the work to a rousing conclusion.”

— James Ehnes Artistic Director

Friday, July 20, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 20
Russian-Jewish Folk Music by Joseph Achron, Alexander Krein, and Joel Engel
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 20
Beethoven, Debussy, and Korngold
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
Suite for Two Violin, Cello and Piano (Left Hand), Op. 23

Monday, July 23, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 23
Aho and Vänskä
ER-OS
New work
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Monday, July 23
Brahms, Elgar, and Franck
Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, Op. 38
String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor

One of the Romantic era’s most passionate works, a torrid and anguished outpouring said to have been inspired by Franck’s infatuation with one of his students.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Wednesday, July 25
Bach
Suite for Cello in C minor, BWV 1011
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Wednesday, July 25
Beethoven, Jacob, and Mendelssohn
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings
Quartet for Piano and Strings in B minor, Op. 3

Friday, July 27, 2018

recital
7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 27
An Introduction to The Musical Offering
Introduction to The Musical Offering
Free Event
concert
8:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Friday, July 27
Berg, Bartók, and Bach
Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
String Quartet No. 5, Sz 102
The Musical Offering, BWV 1079