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Different Trains!

To me, one of the most exciting things Seattle Symphony does is the [untitled] series.  looking through the upcoming season, the first [untitled] concert looks like a smash hit.  Featuring Seattle Symphony chamber players performing contemporary classical superstar composers John Adams and Steve Reich alongside the lesser-known-but-quickly-rising Thomas Adès, this concert promises not to disappoint!  Info here.

Of particular interest to me is Steve Reich’s Different Trains.  This is a piece I experienced for the first time live (imagine that!) at a concert that was part of the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival several years ago.  I had no idea what I was in for when I walked into Nordstrom Recital Hall that night, but I left a changed person.  This piece, like many, is vastly better experienced live.  I HIGHLY recommend braving the late-ish start time of this season’s first [untitled] show, Friday, October 13 and getting yourself in the room for Different Trains.

If you’d like a taste of what’s in store, check out this stellar performance by the Seattle-born Kronos Quartet.

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