THREE GUEST ARTISTS TO REPLACE ROMANIUK ON MAY 20 & 21
On May 20 and 21, Douglas F. King Associate Conductor Lee Mills will step in to conduct From Purcell to Bach, joined by Resident Organist Joseph Adam and harpsichordist Yuko Tanaka. J.S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 will also replace the previously announced Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 due to the artist change. From Purcell to Bach features an inventive concerto by Handel that unites the liturgical sounds of the organ with the lyrical sounds of a string orchestra. The concert also includes Muffat’s Sonata No. 1, a harmonic tribute to Italy that blends German precision and French elegance, establishing a new tradition of ensemble writing. Last on the program, J.S. Bach rearranges one of his famed Brandenburg Concertos for the harpsichord in a tour de force for keyboard instruments.
The Seattle Symphony is pleased to present From Purcell to Bach on Seattle Symphony Live on May 20, 2022 at 8 p.m. Seattle Symphony Live, the Symphony’s streaming service, also broadcasts concerts for on-demand viewing a full week after the initial livestream. The platform features concerts considered season highlights, including premieres and commissions, Family Concerts, Tiny Clips, and Special Performances. The Seattle Symphony also continues to provide a full range of educational programs and supplemental materials online for the 2021/2022 season through Seattle Symphony Live for free to the public. Monthly subscriptions to Seattle Symphony Live are priced at $12.99 per month; annual subscriptions are $129.99. Symphony donors at the Friends level and above enjoy complimentary access to the streaming service. Please visit Seattle Symphony Live to learn more.
LEE MILLS CONDUCTOR Douglas F. King Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021, Lee Mills is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted and energetic conductor. In his previous position as Resident Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, he led performances hailed as having a “sonority of unequalled liveliness and quality” (movimento.com), working alongside such artists as Simone Porter, Conrad Tao, Eliane Coelho and the Smetana Trio. Mills has also previously led the National Symphony Orchestra (U.S.), Los Angeles Philharmonic, São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, through his project Vibe Sinfônica, in partnership with nightlife producer The Week Group in São Paulo, Mills has brought classical music to thousands of new listeners. In March 2022, Mills was selected as the New Artist of the Month in Musical America. The League of American Orchestras selected Mills for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview, and in 2017, Mills was selected as a semifinalist in both the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and the Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège International Opera Conducting Competition. Mills received the BSO-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship in 2011. He was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen during the summers of 2012 and 2013. He received his Graduate Performance Diploma and Artist’s Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at the Peabody Institute and graduated from Whitman College. JOSEPH ADAM ORGAN Joseph Adam is Resident Organist for the Seattle Symphony. He has been Cathedral Organist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle since 1993, and a faculty member at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for the past 15 years. As part of the 10th-anniversary celebration of Benaroya Hall’s Watjen Concert Organ in October 2010, Adam performed organ concertos by Handel and Hanson with conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Orchestra. Adam also performed organ concertos by Handel with conductor Nicholas McGegan in January 2010. Highlights include performances at Chartres Cathedral, St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the Bavokerk and the Basilica of St. Bavo in Haarlem (Netherlands), and at cathedrals in St. Albans, Newcastle and Chester, England; Mainz, Magdeburg and Erfurt, Germany; Pécs, Hungary; and Vienna and Graz, Austria. U.S. performances include Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston, and the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. In July 2004 Adam was one of three organists to take part in the inaugural performances of the Glatter-Götz/Rosales Organ at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, which was also part of the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Awards and Prizes include First Prize in the St. Albans International Organ Competition in 1991. YUKO TANAKA HARPSICHORD A native of Tokyo, Japan, Yuko Tanaka is active as a harpsichord soloist and ensemble performer. She performs with numerous ensembles including Musica Pacifica, Music of the Spheres, Archetti, Ensemble Montichiari, Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists, and has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Tanaka maintains a private studio, conducts master classes, and appears as guest lecturer at various universities. Recent engagements include performances at the Carmel Bach Festival, Frick Collection (New York), Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (Germany) and the Istanbul International Music Festival. She holds a doctorate from Stanford University. SEATTLE SYMPHONY LIVE Seattle Symphony Live brings the Seattle Symphony’s dynamic performances to audiences anywhere in the world. Launched in 2020 to offer musical comfort despite the pandemic, the digital streaming service reached a global audience of more than 750,000 viewers with its live concerts, behind the scenes interviews, educational videos and more. With subscriptions starting at $12.99 per month, Seattle Symphony Live makes engaging with the orchestra’s exceptional musical content more possible than ever before. SEATTLE SYMPHONY The Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. 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FROM PURCELL TO BACH BAROQUE AND WINE SERIES Friday May 20, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. Streaming: Friday May 20, at 8 p.m.
Lee Mills conductor Joseph Adam organ Yuko Tanaka harpsichord
Muffat Sonata No. 1, Armonico tributo Purcell arranged by Anthony Romaniuk An Imaginary Suite Handel arranged by Anthony Romaniuk Organ Concerto in F major J.S. Bach Sinfonia from Cantata No. 106 J.S. Bach Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major Sponsorships: Lee Mills' position is generously underwritten as the Douglas F. King Associate Conductor. Seattle Symphony organ programming is generously supported by the Fluke | Gabelein Organ Endowment.