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Philharmonia Northwest: 17/18 Season Concert 1, "At the Japanese Garden"
St. Stephens Episcopal Church (Seattle, WA)
Seattle, WA
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Philharmonia Northwest: 17/18 Season Concert 1, "At the Japanese Garden"
Toru Takemitsu: Three Film Scores for string orchestra:
  Music of Training and Rest (from José Torres)
  Funeral Music (from Black Rain)
  Waltz (from Face of Another)
Alan Hovhaness: Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, op. 211
Kosaku Yamada: Symphony in F major (Triumph and Peace)

East meets West in our season opener featuring Japanese composers and music influenced by Japanese culture. The Three Film Scores for string orchestra by Toru Takemitsu encompass a magical sound world that was featured in the WWII film Black Rain. Alan Hovhaness Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints stems from his studies of Eastern cultures and captures the Japanese spirit. Kosaku Yamada helped western music take root in Japan at the turn of the 20th century. Full of delightful classicism and hints of Eastern melodies, his Symphony in F major Triumph and Peace was the first symphony ever written by a Japanese composer.

Bonnie Whiting is Chair of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington. She performs and commissions new experimental music for percussion, seeking out projects that involve non-traditional notation, interdisciplinary performance, and the speaking percussionist. Recent work includes a series of performances at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington DC, solo appearances with the National Orchestra of Turkmenistan, and as a soloist in Tan Duns Water Passion under the baton of the composer himself. In 2011, she joined red fish blue fish percussion group in premiering the staged version of George Crumbs Winds of Destiny directed by Peter Sellars and featuring Dawn Upshaw for Ojai Festival.

Her debut album, featuring an original solo-simultaneous realization of John Cages 45 for a speaker and 2710.554 for a percussionist, was released on the Mode Records label in April. Whiting has collaborated with many of todays leading new music groups, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (American premiere of James Dillons Nine Rivers at Miller Theatre), Ensemble Dal Niente (the Fromm Concerts at Harvard), Bang on a Can (Steve Reichs Music for 18 Musicians for the LA Philharmonics Green Umbrella Series), and eighth blackbird (the Tune-in festival at the Park Avenue Armory).

She received her DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California San Diego, and also holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy.


St. Stephens Episcopal Church (Seattle, WA) (View)
4805 NE 45th St,
Seattle, WA 98105
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Music > Symphony

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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