SEATTLE SYMPHONY MUSICIANS BRING “SYMPHONY UNTUXED” TO BUMBERSHOOT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR


FOR RELEASE Friday, August 17, 2012

Eclectic Program Ranges from a Memo for Solo Violin and Cassette Recorder and Music by Local Composer Ken Benshoof to Chamber Works by Bach, Piazzolla & Shostakovich

Seattle Symphony Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov and select members of the Orchestra will present Symphony Untuxed at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival for the second consecutive year. The performance will take place on Sunday, September 2, at 12:15 p.m. in the Bagley Wright Theater at Seattle Center. The program will be hosted by Kirov, who will introduce each piece and interview the musicians on stage in his first appearance as Assistant Conductor.

Symphony Untuxed gives audiences the chance to encounter Seattle Symphony and other local musicians outside the traditional symphonic experience. This year’s eclectic program of chamber music includes local composer Ken Benshoof’s Timeless, a work based on Gershwin’s Embraceable You featuring Zart Dombourian-Eby on flute and Benshoof on piano; Shostakovich’s Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano; Schnittke’s Polka from Gogol Suite, arranged for String Quartet; Michel van der Aa’s Memo for Solo Violin and Portable Cassette Recorder, in which violinist Mikhail Shmidt will record on, replay and perform with a portable cassette recorder; selections from J.S. Bach’s famous Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings, featuring Principal Oboe Ben Hausmann and violinist Artur Girsky; contemporary Latvian composer Georgs Pelecis’ Flowering Jasmine, a work for strings and vibraphone, the latter played by Principal Percussion Michael A. Werner; and two works by popular Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

Single-day tickets, three-day passes, and Gold and Platinum passes for Bumbershoot 2012 are available for purchase at bumbershoot.strangertickets.com.

About the Seattle Symphony

Founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 315,000 people. Its pioneering education and community engagement programs reach over 100,000 children and adults each year. The Orchestra has completed more than 140 recordings, received 12 Grammy® nominations, two Emmy awards and numerous other accolades. The Seattle Symphony performs in one of the world’s finest concert venues — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. For more information on the Seattle Symphony, visit www.seattlesymphony.org.

About Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival
Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival is produced by One Reel in collaboration with Seattle Center. Established in 1971, Bumbershoot takes place every year over Labor Day weekend and stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle. Bumbershoot programs 20 unique indoor and outdoor venues, allowing for a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, urban crafts, and literary and visual arts. Festival details are located at bumbershoot.org.

About One Reel
One Reel is the independent, not-for-profit producer of the Northwest's premier arts events, also including the Family 4th at Lake Union and Emerald City Search. Founded in 1971, One Reel’s mission is to be a cultural driver in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, invigorating broad and diverse live audiences through imaginative and creative events of all disciplines in traditional and non-traditional venues. For more information, visit onereel.org.

Program

SYMPHONY UNTUXED
Sunday, September 2, at 12:15 p.m.
Bagley Wright Theater at Seattle Center


Seattle Symphony Musicians and Friends
Stilian Kirov, emcee
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute
Ben Hausmann, oboe
Eugene Bazhanov, Natasha Bazhanov, Stephen Bryant, Artur Girsky and Mikhail Shmidt, violins
Allison Farkas, viola
Rowena Hammill and Hélèn Ferret-Kaufman, cellos
Joseph Kaufman, double bass
Michael A. Werner, percussion
Ken Benshoof and Jessica Choe, pianos

KEN BENSHOOF
Timeless (based on Gershwin's Embraceable You)
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute
Ken Benshoof, piano

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano
Natasha Bazhanov and Mikhail Shmidt, violins
Jessica Choe, piano

ALFRED SCHNITTKE
Polka from Gogol Suite, arr. for String Quartet
Natasha Bazhanov and Artur Girsky, violins
Allison Farkas, viola
Rowena Hammill, cello

MICHEL VAN DER AA
Memo for Violin Solo and Portable Cassette Recorder
Mikhail Shmidt, violin

J.S. BACH
Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings, BWV 1060
Ben Hausmann, oboe
Artur Girsky, violin solo
Eugene Bazhanov and Natasha Bazhanov, violins
Allison Farkas, viola
Rowena Hammill, cello
Joseph Kaufman, double bass
Jessica Choe, piano

GEORGS PELECIS
Flowering Jasmine
Natasha Bazhanov, Stephen Bryant and Artur Girsky, violins
Allison Farkas, viola
Rowena Hammill, cello
Joseph Kaufman, double bass
Michael A. Werner, vibraphone

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Primavera Porteña
Eugene Bazhanov, Natasha Bazhanov, Stephen Bryant, Artur Girsky, and Mikhail Shmidt, violins
Allison Farkas, viola
Rowena Hammill and Hélèn Ferret-Kaufman, cellos
Joseph Kaufman, double bass
Jessica Choe, piano

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Fuga y Misterio
Eugene Bazhanov, Natasha Bazhanov, Stephen Bryant, Artur Girsky, and Mikhail Shmidt, violins
Allison Farkas, viola
Rowena Hammill and Hélèn Ferret-Kaufman, cellos
Joseph Kaufman, double bass
Michael A. Werner, percussion
Jessica Choe, piano