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.
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.
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 seattlechamberplayers.org