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In the Spotlight: Heiner Goebbels

Octave 9 >

Step into the energetic, immersive landscape of Germany’s Heiner Goebbels, a genre-bending composer and artist who makes every piece of music a theatrical sensation. Live performances of Goebbels’ intensely virtuosic chamber music are framed by visuals and sounds and fascinating conversation with the artist.

Heiner Goebbels, composer
Featuring baritone David Moss, pianist Cristina Valdés and Seattle Symphony musicians

HEINER GOEBBELS: Under Construction

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Monday, 22 April, 2019 7:30PM

Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities

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Surrogate Cities, a multimedia extravaganza by the German composer and theater artist Heiner Goebbels, studies the essence of a modern metropolis — its people, its power structures and its place in a changing world — with the world premiere of a new piece woven into Surrogate Cities. The music, like the city itself, is both organic and structured, a blur of human and machine-made sounds enhanced with striking visual effects. Texts by Paul Auster and Hugo Hamilton, two of the great novelists of urban life, supply a gritty script. Vocalist Jocelyn B. Smith brings the sultry intimacy of a cabaret singer, and David Moss delivers an explosive vocal performance that ranges from laconic film noir narration to hallucinogenic outbursts. As our city continues its rapid transformation, this timely performance offers surprising new angles of self-reflection.

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Thursday, 25 April, 2019 7:30PM

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Friday, 26 April, 2019 8:00PM

Steve Hackman's Beethoven V. Coldplay

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A merging of musical giants, the concert mashup Beethoven V. Coldplay asks the musical question: would Beethoven have found meaning in the music of Coldplay? That notion, perhaps odd-sounding at first, becomes much more compelling when considering the events surrounding Beethoven’s creation of the Eroica Symphony — an artist desperate to solidify his position as the reigning musical genius in Vienna, but yet still misunderstood and criticized, and a young man in his thirties faced with the reality that he would indeed soon be completely deaf. How, then, would Beethoven have reacted to the Coldplay lyrics like "when you lose something you can’t replace … could it be worse?"

Beethoven V. Coldplay transforms the Eroica Symphony into an oratorio, weaving the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay into the original Beethoven and pairing them together based on content and context. It is the alternate Eroica Beethoven may have created had he known the music of Coldplay at the time. Three vocalists join the full symphony; many of Coldplay’s most well-known songs are interpolated, including "Fix You," "Paradise" and "The Scientist."

Beethoven V. Coldplay is a Stereo Hideout production, created and arranged by Steve Hackman.

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Saturday, 27 April, 2019 8:00PM

American Horizons

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Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence and clarinetist Derek Bermel curates an evening of music by some of today’s most ambitious American voices, featuring world premieres of new works composed for Octave 9 and performances by Seattle Symphony musicians. This concert features a special collaboration with Seattle-Based visual multimedia artist, Carlin Ma.

VARÈSE: Poème Électronique
STEVE REICH: Vermont Counterpoint
NINA C. YOUNG: Spero Lucem
KALEY LANE EATON: New Work (World Premiere)
MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN: Sedna, Beneath the Sea
MASON BATES: White Lies for Lomax
DEREK BERMEL: Nine Revolutions (World Premiere)

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Sunday, 28 April, 2019 6:00PM

COSMOS: Possible Worlds featuring Ann Druyan

2018-2019 National Geographic >

Come explore the universe with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer and best-selling author Ann Druyan. Along with her late husband, renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, she co-wrote six New York Times bestsellers and the landmark television series COSMOS: A Personal Voyage. A lavish new season and a companion book, COSMOS: Possible Worlds, is coming to National Geographic in Spring 2019. This special evening, moderated by National Geographic contributing writer Nadia Drake, will inspire a new generation of cosmic explorers. Druyan will discuss her continued campaign for science communication, her career in film and television, and her own personal journey through the Cosmos.

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Monday, 29 April, 2019 7:30PM

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