Music

Beyond Dead White Guys: Byron Schenkman Expands Classical Music

The musician and music director’s latest program, this Sunday at Benaroya Hall, explores connections among Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and pioneering American composers of color

Ever since their pathbreaking and provocative “Queer Baroque” concert in 1996, keyboardist Byron Schenkman has led the way in bringing issues of gender and sexuality into Seattle’s classical music scene. Now, Sunday evening’s concert, next up in their “Byron Schenkman & Friends” chamber-music series, will explore the connections among Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and some…

Gavin Borchert

Local Musical Mountaineers Duo Plays Concerts in the PNW Outdoors

Combining their musical talents and passion for the outdoors, Anastasia Allison and Rose Freeman play trailside concerts for hikers and trees alike

Anastasia Allison (left) and Rose Freeman hike into the mountains to hold unannounced predawn concerts as the Musical Mountaineers

Azaria Podplesky

For the Seattle Symphony, a Fresh and Festive Welcome

Thomas Dausgaard, the orchestra's new music director, launches a new chapter

It’s not often the Seattle Symphony welcomes a new music director—Saturday night’s gala concert marked only the fourth such occasion in the past half-century. While Ludovic Morlot was relatively unknown to the orchestra at his hiring in 2011, having conducted here just twice—a gamble that paid off with eight innovative seasons of music-making—the new guy,…

Gavin Borchert

Seattle Symphony Debuts Its Newest Conductor at the Season-opening Gala

Thomas Dausgaard will begin his tenure with some Scandinavian music favorites

This article appears in print in the September 2019 issue. Click here to subscribe. Though no one was really ready to say goodbye to Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony is turning the page with incoming music director Thomas Dausgaard, who will begin his tenure at this season-opening gala concert. The Danish Dausgaard is following Seattle Symphony tradition by sharing…

Gavin Borchert

Backstory: The Man Behind the Music at Seattle Center’s International Fountain

A local landmark comes alive thanks to its own DJ

HEY MR. DJ: James Whetzel, in front of the International Fountain at the Seattle Center; he’s responsible for the fountain’s playlist

Chris Robinson

Fisherman’s Village Music Festival in Everett: Our Recap

The beer was cold (and cheap!), the bands were hot and other highlights from Everett’s annual music festival

Coathangers performing at Fisherman’s Village Music Festival in Everett

Sydney Gladu

Backstory: Inside The Showbox’s Hidden Graffiti Room

A secret room in The Showbox is a time capsule of the city’s rock history

This article appears in print in the May 2019 issue. Click here to subscribe. The Landmark: The graffiti room in The Showbox The Location: Downtown, The Showbox, 1426 First Ave. The Backstory: The Showbox—Seattle’s legendary live-music venue where everyone from Duke Ellington to Mudhoney has performed—has been well known to Seattleites since it opened in 1939. But a significantly smaller crowd…

Lena Beck

Timbrrr! Music Festival Heats Up in Leavenworth

For one weekend each January, Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival makes the mountains sing

The crowd rocking out in Festhalle

Gavin Borchert

Seattle’s Slack Key Festival of Hawaiian Music Turns 10

The Seattle Slack Key Festival celebrates 10 years of bringing the sound of Hawaii to Seattle

Guitarist Ikaika Marzo returns to the Seattle Slack Key Festival

Gavin Borchert