Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Seattle

Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Seattle
No matter how “advanced” our music has become over the ages, musicians of all kinds and their fans will always have an appreciation for classical music. Music from the masters is routinely used in everything from wedding celebrations and funeral remembrances to movies and cartoon soundtracks. Here are five of the best upcoming classical music performances in Seattle. Some are completely traditional while others have their own unique take on the source material.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “The Christmas Attic”
Key Arena
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(855) 705-7419

Date: Nov. 22, 2014

For one performance only, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be presenting “The Christmas Attic” on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Over the year, the group’s music has become synonymous with the Christmas season. The rock opera combines the traditional with contemporary with classical music, heavy metal and just about everything else in between. The performance includes giant visuals, lasers, an entire string section and choir. It really has to be seen to be believed.

“The Piano Trio: Classic to Contemporary” 
710 E. Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 726-5112

Date: Nov. 23, 2014

The Cornish College of the Arts is proud to present “The Piano Trio: Classic to Contemporary” featuring the talents of Cristina Valdes (pianist), David Requiro (cellist) and violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim (violinist). The troupe will present music by Beethoven, Brahms, Ives and Garcia on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the PONCHO Concert Hall.

“Trio Capriccioso”
Queen Anne Christian Church
1316 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA, 98119
(206) 282-8062

Date: Nov. 29-30, 2014

Gallery Concerts will present “Trio Capriccioso” for a Thanksgiving treat on November 29 and 30, 2014. The classical chamber music will feature works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and all will be performed with period strings and a replica of an Anton Walter grand fortepiano. Musicians include Adam LaMotte on violin, Nathan Whittaker on violoncello and Tamara Friedman on classical fortepiano.

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“Music from the War to End All Wars”
Brechemin Auditorium
University of Washington School of Music
Stevens Way and Skagit Lane
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-1201

Date: Dec. 7, 2014

The University of Washington School of Music’s “Music from the War to End All Wars” is an honoring celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I. The presentation will include music that was composed during the Great War while interjecting historical information throughout. Pre-concert lectures by UW scholars Dean Robert Stacey (History), Prof. Ronald Moore (Philosophy) and Prof. Steven Morrison (Music Education) will provide a variety of perspectives as well.

Handel’s “Messiah”
Epiphany Parish
1805 38th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-2573

Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-3113

Date: Dec. 13-14, 2014

Many versions of Handel’s “Messiah” have been performed over the years, but this one presents the oratorio using an orchestra that plucks on the strings of mandolins. Accompanying the orchestra will be soloists Julie Finch, soprano; Elizabeth Peterson, mezzo-soprano; Derek Sellers, tenor; and Gustave Blazek, bass. The unique performance will be one of intimacy rather than the traditional full spectacle.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at