Sat. 11 Nov. 2017

7: 30 PM // Benaroya Hall

Seattle Baroque Orchestra

Forces of Nature

Pre-Concert Talk
Aaron Grad, Composer
6:30 PM // Nordstrom Recital Hall

Early music and new music intertwine like never before. Experience Strange Seasons, the world premiere of a concerto for electric theorbo by Seattle-based composer Aaron Grad and performed by John Lenti. Former KING 5 meteorologist Jeff Renner narrates sonnets for each movement inspired by Seattle’s unique weather patterns. Read the program note from the composer. Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les élémens conveys the chaos that preceded the Creation, and Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Suite des quatre saisons dances through the seasons. Hear our world through the music of yesterday and today.

“The theorbo had a vigorous but rather brief life in the 17th and 18th centuries, and its electrified descendant proved to be capable of both heart-throbbing pathos and modest, folksy longing.” -The Washington Post

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2 hours with one intermission


Suite des quatre saisons, Jean-Baptiste Lully
Les éléments, Jean-Féry Rebel
Strange Seasons, Aaron Grad


Alexander Weimann, Music Director

Electric Theorbo

John Lenti

Orchestra Musicians

Linda Melsted, Concertmaster
Cecilia Archuleta, violin
Carrie Krause, violin
Courtney Kuroda, violin
Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin
Janet Strauss, violin
Laurie Wells, violin
Joanna Hood, viola
Romaric Pokorny, viola
Annabeth Shirley, cello
Juliana Soltis, cello
Curtis Daily, bass
Janet See, flute
Brandon Labadie, oboe
Nate Helgeson, bassoon

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Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA

Parking available in the adjacent lot. Street parking also available.

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Bastyr University Chapel

14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA

Free parking in the adjacent campus lot.

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Benaroya Hall

200 University Ave, Seattle, WA

Advanced reserved parking available in the garage below Benaroya Hall, call 206.215.4747.

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Seattle First Baptist Church

1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA

Parking available in the adjacent lot with entrances on Seneca and Boylston.