Please join us for our second concert of the season, a Chamber Music Series, on Tuesday February 7, 2017 – 7:30pm. This concert will feature various smaller ensembles: brass, woodwind, percussion, string, and mixed ensembles. The repertoire to be announced soon.
If you would like to join SCO, auditions are now open! See Auditions on this website for full details.
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra performed the West Coast premiere of composer-conductor Leanna Primiani’s SIRENS for Orchestra in our November 2015 concert. In talking about this piece with Primiani’s publisher, Subito Music, Anna Edwards, SCO’s Music Director commented, “It’s been a blast for me and the musicians to work on this piece!” Based after Homer’s classic “The Odyssey,” the ten-minute work premiered in 2008 at the Nashville Symphony, led by Leonard Slatkin.
Composer and clarinetist Angelique Poteat, whose new work Listen to the Girls premieres on SCO’s November 18 concert, sat down with Shaya Lyon of the Live Music Project to discuss her creative process, the stories that inspired the work, and what it’s like to compose for a choir with orchestra. Read more at the Live Music Project.
The Seattle Collaborative Orchestra with Dr. Anna Edwards, conductor, and soloists Maria Larionoff, violin, Catalin Rotaru, double bass, and Cara Peterson, organ, perform the works by Mozart, Bottesini, Bond and Saint-Saëns.
Audio and Video from the Spring 2015 concert is available on YouTube, and linked below. Recording and production by Opus 4 Studios, Audio and Video recording: Rick Chinn, Mark Edman, Bob Gudgel and Dr. Mike Matesky; post-production: Dr. Mike Matesky.
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Maria Larionoff, violin and Catalin Rotaru, double bass.
El Yunque by Victoria Bond (World premiere).
Gran Duo Concertante by Giovanni Bottesini. Maria Larionoff, violin and Catalin Rotaru, double bass.
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 by Camille Saint-Saëns. Cara Peterson, Froula organ (Roosevelt High School).
On March 17 at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, fans of SCO enjoyed a fabulous concert with soloist Maria Larionoff – violin and Catalin Rotaru – double bass performing W. A. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364. The soloists performed a transcription of the work by Catalin Rotaru, wherein the viola part, probably originally written by Mozart to highlight his own virtuosity on the instrument, was played on the double bass.
Following this opening, the audience was transported from 18th century Salzburg to tropical rain forest of today’s Puerto Rico by Victoria Bond’sEl Yunque. As the composer noted about this work, the rainforest El Yunque “is home to many exotic cratures, including the Puerto Rican Parrot and the tree frog called ‘Coqui.’ Because both of these are so musical in their vocalizations, I decided to create a sound environment composed of their cries.”
Our soloists returned to perform a stunning rendition of the Grand Duo for Bass and Violin by Giovanni Bottesini. This show-stopper reminded the audience of Bottesini’s close friendship with the operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi, with its overlapping lyrical melodies between the bass and violin, played with superb virtuosity by Maria Larionoff and Catalin Rotaru.
After intermission, the orchestra performed the grand and deeply moving “Organ Symphony”, Symphony Number 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns, featuring Cara Peterson on Roosevelt’s Froula organ. Ms. Peterson’s sensitive touch and the warm balance between the organ and orchestra brought out the depth of this work written by Saint-Saëns in 1186 for his good friend Franz Liszt.
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra music director Anna Edwards is the 2014 winner of The American Prize in Conducting in the community orchestra division. Anna was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States.
In addition, the SCO tied for 2nd place with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony of New York, NY, in the community orchestra division for 2014.
The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Complete information on the website: www.theamericanprize.org
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra earned Second Place in The American Prize in Orchestral Performance – Community Orchestras. Conductor Anna Edwards was also honored with second place in The American Prize in Conducting – Community Orchestras. More info and complete list of winners can be found at The American Prize website.
University of Washington also featured the Collaborative Orchestra’s achievements on their website.