Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 8:00pm – 10:00pm (PDT)
Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle, WA, United States
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$35 ($25 senior, $10 student w/ID)

Seattle Chamber Orchestra will share the stage with world-renowned virtuoso Organist (as well as Pianist and Conductor) Maestro Wayne Marshall.

Previously heard in Seattle delighting audiences through pages of George Gershwin's Concerto in F or conducting An American in Paris, as well as in the massive Symphonie-Passion by Marcel Dupré, Maestro Wayne Marshall is a multi-faceted musician that always amazes. For the occasion, Maestro Marshall will give voice to the great Fisk Organ at Plymouth Church in Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and String Orchestra, through the pages of the Adagio in G minor (attributed to Tommaso Albinoni) with some improvisations in between. Also on the program is the transcription by Ottorino Respighi of Tomaso Vitali's Chaconne in G-Minor, as well as the Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich, in the adaptation for string orchestra by Russian conductor Rudolf Barshai, of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C-minor, Op. 110.

The works on the program will be performed by the Seattle Chamber Orchestra with Wayne Marshall at the organ, Brendan Shea, violin solo and conducted by SCO's Music Director Lorenzo Marasso.

Concert will be held at Plymouth Church. Join us at 7:15pm for a pre-concert talk. Concert begins at 8pm. Admission includes the pre-concert talk, the performance, accompanied by fines wines and appetizers.

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 Wayne Marshall, organ

British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall is world-renowned for his musicianship and versatility on the podium and at the keyboard. He served as Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhaus Orchestra Cologne 2014-2020, became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007 and is a celebrated interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein and other 20th century composers. Recent conducting highlights include his critically-acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker; a widely-praised new production Porgy and Bess at Theater an der Wien, a concert version of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, with the Prague Radio Philharmonic; and UK touring with Chineke! and BBC Singers.

As organ recitalist, he has an exceptionally varied repertoire and performs worldwide to an audience of millions. He gave a spectacular online recital at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in the 19/20 season and future plans include returns to Philharmonie de Paris and Royal Albert Hall. Throughout 2018 he played a key role in leading the Leonard Bernstein centenary celebrations including Bernstein's Mass with Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris. He also made his debut with Zurich Philharmonie in an all-Bernstein program and conducted the rarely-performed White House Cantata in Utrecht with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the first performance of the highly-acclaimed Orchestra Chineke! at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Recent notable organ recitals in the 19/20 season included Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. He is a regular performer at the BBC Proms and appeared in the 2012 season as organist and was co-presenter of the Barenboim Prom in 2014.

Wayne was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2021. In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University and became Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2010. Since its inception, Mr. Marshall has also joined the Board of Directors of the Seattle Chamber Orchestra.

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.

About Lorenzo Marasso, conductor

Lorenzo Marasso is an impassioned and sympathetic conductor, concert pianist, chamber musician, educator and radio host. Dubbed the "king of repertoire," Lorenzo's creative programming reveals lesser known masterpieces and rarely performed arrangements. Lorenzo's performances have been broadcast in numerous media outlets, including Seattle's 98.1 Classical King FM and NPR. In 2021 Lorenzo founded the Seattle Chamber Orchestra and is serving now as the ensemble's music director. In the same year he also started hosting a weekly radio program called Dress Rehearsal on 107.3FM KBFG Seattle. Equally inspired by contemporary music, Lorenzo has commissioned and performed world premieres of new works by several international composers who have written and dedicated pieces to him. In July 2020 he completed the Invention Project, a commission of new pieces for piano inspired by J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias. Further commissions included works composed by Michael Finnissy, Edward Cowie and Bernhard Lang.

Plymouth Congregational Church

1217 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
United States