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Seattle Chamber Players play Icebreaker Festival IV

Seattle Chamber Players, whose members consist of three key players from the Seattle Symphony: violinist Mikhail Shmidt, cellist David Sabee, clarinetist Laura DeLuca with flutist Paul Taub (Cornish College of the Arts faculty) and artistic advisor, Elena Dubinets (SSO's newly appointed artistic administrator) recently celebrated their fourth successful Icebreaker Festival IV: The American Future, No Rules/ All Ages.

This three-day festival in January, 2008 was curated by Alex Ross, the New Yorker Magazine's most widely read critic, and author of the new best-seller, The Rest Is Noise. Also engaged as a curator was Bard College faculty member, composer and critic, Kyle Gann.

“The first thing that has to be praised is the talent and energy of the Seattle Chamber Players. They played their butts off, and did it with such precision and such verve, through one complicated piece after another. And this was the team’s second such night in a row!”
Mark Waldstein Blog the Boards at On the Boards

It was a three day love fest of contemporary American music boasting eight world premieres, all-day lectures and presentations and a taste of Morton Feldman's music performed in the Third Floor Galleries at Seattle Art Museum.

“Fascinating as the Seattle Chamber Players' three previous "Icebreaker" festivals have been, it's surprising that they and factotum Elena Dubinets were able to top themselves again.”
Gavin Borchet, Seattle Weekly
“A stunning weekend festival by Seattle Chamber Players demonstrates the great vitality of contemporary classical music.”
Thomas May, Crosscut

A truly collaborative effort, SCP's latest Icebreaker festival drew on the talents of many SSO musicians. Seth Krimsky, principal bassoonist wrote a daring, heartfelt chamber bassoon concerto for this event and with the participation of several SSO musicians, gave a stunning performance and lecture.

Jon Green, Assistant Principal Bass, and his family’s Clovis Foundation, combined with Seattle Music, a recording company owned and operated by cellist David Sabee, gave generous donations to commission many new pieces for this occasion.

For more information and upcoming events, check out

Nielsen One And Two
Nielsen Three Four
Mahler 10 Dausgaard
Dausgaard Alpine
Become Desert
Become Ocean
Bostridge French
Berlioz Requiem
Dutilleux Metaboles
Berio Sinfonia
Faure Masques
Ives Three Places
Dvorak Nine
Ives Unanswered Question
Brandi Carilile Live
American In Paris
Messiaen Poemes
Stravinsky Firebird
Dutilleux Hadelich

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