Friday, November 18, 2022 @ 8:00pm – 10:00pm (PST)
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA, United States
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General Admission: $35
Seniors: $25
Students (w/ ID): $10

 Join us on Thursday November 18 2022, at 8pm, for SCO's second concert! On the program we present chamber music works of two Austrian composers that, at different times, have shaped musical history: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler. Starting with Mozart' s Piano Concerto No.20 in D-minor K466, we present it here in chamber transcription made by another Austrian composer (and virtuoso pianist) Johann Nepomuk Hummel, who transcribed several of Mozart's piano concertos and of Beethoven's Symphonies for a quartet combination comprising of flute, violin, cello and piano.

Follows the only chamber music work written by the composer of the Symphony of a Thousand. Mahler's Piano Quartet is a single movement piece that was composed when Mahler was 16 years of age. You may have already heard parts of it as part of the soundtrack in Martin Scorses's 2010 motion picture Shutter Island and is the subject of a short discussion between the movie's characters. Mahler later abandoned the idea of completing the entire quartet, having only sketched 24 bars of a second movement. The Russian composer Alfred Schnittke used those bars sketched by Mahler, as a base to compose his own Piano Quartet, written in 1988. The two works will be presented as two movements of the same composition.

The three works, an homage to two Austrian composers, Mozart and Mahler, with the add-on of a composer, Alfred Schnittke, whose music should be programmed more often, will be performed by Wendy Wilhelmi (flute), Brendan Shea (violin), Jordan Voelker (viola), Mara Finkelstein (cello), and Lorenzo Marasso (piano & SCO music director).

Concert will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Join us at 7:15pm for a pre-concert talk. Concert begins at 8pm, accompanied by fine wines and light appetizers. Admission includes the pre-concert talk, the performance, accompanied by wines and appetizers prepared by Seattle's finest.  

About Seattle Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 2021, Seattle Chamber Orchestra seeks to bring music lovers tantalizing combinations of the traditional and modern, performed by world-class professional musicians. Brought to life through thoughtful programming that educates as much as it inspires, SCO seeks to reinvigorate live classical music, which has suffered most of all during the pandemic, by providing opportunities musicians and audiences to explore new music and challenge established boundaries.

About Wendy Wilhelmi, flute

Wendy Wilhelmi is active as a teacher and performer throughout the Pacific Northwest, frequently playing with some of the region's finest ensembles, including the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Northwest Sinfonietta and Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. For two seasons Wendy served as assistant principal flute and piccolo of the Vancouver (BC) Symphony and prior to that engagement was a regular member of the Spokane Symphony for ten years. She is also active in the studio recording industry and can be heard playing flute, piccolo and alto flute on numerous commercial and movie soundtracks including Eloise at the Plaza, About Schmidt, Die Hard 3 and Air Bud. In addition to her orchestral engagements, Wendy has been involved in a variety of chamber music ventures, most recently participating in the 2009 Seattle Chamber Music Festival winter season and the 2009 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Wilhelmi received her Bachelor of Music in music history magna cum laude from the University of Washington, and her Masters of Music in flute performance from Northwestern University where she studied with Walfrid Kujala. She was principal flute of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and co-principal flute of the Philarmonica de Queretaro (Mexico) prior to returning to her native Northwest. In 1998 Ms. Wilhelmi won first place in the National Flute Association's Piccolo Artist Competition. When not playing or teaching the flute, Wendy can be found studying romance languages, running, hiking, biking or helping out in her family's winery and tasting room in Seattle.

About Brendan Shea, violin

Brendan Shea is an award winning violinist and chamber musician. His chamber music awards were won when he played with the Wasmuth Quartet and include the Bronze Medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Gold Medal and Audience Award at the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. As a founding member of the Wasmuth (now Verona) Quartet, he performed across the United States, Germany, and Japan. Brendan has performed with many world class ensembles and performers. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras in Washington D.C, Brussels, Sendai, Indianapolis, and South Bend. His award winning duo, the Shea-Kim Duo, has competed internationally and performed recitals in Asia, Europe and North America. Their awards include the Ackerman Chamber Music Award and Gold Medal at the Manhattan International Music Competition. Their second CD, The Sound and the Fury, was released by Blue Griffin Records in November of 2021. He premiered Frederic Rzewski’s Night, Death, and Devil with the Emmy Award winning 8th Blackbird. He has been a finalist and semi-finalist at the Queen Elisabeth, Isang-Yun, Seoul, Sibelius, and Carl Nielsen, and has taken first place with Honors at the Glazunov International Competition in Paris. He and his wife Yerin Kim formed the Shea-Kim Duo in 2015, and recently released their first studio album "The Sound and the Fury '' Under Blue Griffon Records. He recently moved to Seattle from South Bend, Indiana where he was a member of the Euclid Quartet at Indiana University South Bend, visiting professor of violin/viola at the University of Notre Dame, and concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony. He is currently the concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic and Langroise Trio Artist-in-Residence at the College of Idaho.