Event Overview

Prior to each SCMS Festival, we commission a Preview Lecture from a local musical expert, which is related to the programming of our upcoming concert series. Topics are varied, and can include musical themes, biographical sketches of composers, or the history of musical forms.

The lecture is presented at several area locations, including retirement communities and social clubs. We strive to offer at least one presentation in a public setting. If you are interested in hosting an SCMS Preview Lecture, please contact our Director of Education.

2019 Summer Festival Preview:
Music from the Heart of Europe: Enescu, Dvořák , & Kodály

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s (SCMS) Summer Festival brings together the finest musicians in the world, offering twelve exceptional chamber music concerts and a fun Family Concert during the month of July. To prepare us for this incredible festival, SCMS and Town Hall present a special preview discussion celebrating the work of Central European composers, including Georges Enescu, Antonín Dvořák, and Zoltán Kodály. Conductor and composer William C. White takes the stage to explore the lives of these musical titans and offer us a preview of works featured on the upcoming SCMS Summer Festival. Then, pianist Angela Drăghicescu takes her place at the piano for a culminating performance based on her extensive study of the music of Enescu. Sit in for a preview of the SCMS Summer Festival and a performance by a talented pianist.

The Forum at Town Hall Seattle (West Entrance)
1119 Eighth Ave.
Tickets available for $5.

Past lectures have included:

2019 Winter Festival – Musical Dialogues: Stories Without Words
with Julia Tai, Director of Orchestra at Seattle Pacific University, Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest, and founder and co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra

2018 Summer Festival – Beethoven & Brahms: Rebellion & Tradition
with Adam Stern, Music Director of the Seattle Philharmonic & Sammamish Symphony

2018 Winter Festival – What Makes a Mendelssohn? How One Family Created Two Musical Prodigies
with Aaron Grad, composer, guitarist, and artistic consultant

Tickets available through Town Hall Seattle’s website or the day of the event at the door.

More to Hear

classical conversation

Dave Beck of Classical KING-FM 98.1 leads these informative and informal conversations with Festival musicians that are recorded live for our podcast series.

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Master Classes

SCMS Festival musicians work with individual students and small chamber ensembles to coach them on select repertoire. Select Master Classes are open to the public to attend and watch.

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Summer Festival

The Summer Festival includes 12 concerts and 12 free Pre-Concert Recitals, as well as family events and other free programs. Enjoy world class performances at the acoustically superb Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall.

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