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Simple Measures Turns Ten!!!

TIME FLIES

10/24/14 @ 7:30 PM Mt. Baker Community Club
10/26/14 @ 2:00 PM Town Hall(Downstairs)

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we’re bringing back a masterpiece from the very first Simple Measures concert: Mendelssohn’s Octet. We are thrilled to present Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond as the featured violinist. On his famed Lipinski Stradivarius, he will play the incomparable solo Bach Chaconne in D and the Mendelssohn, joined by a host of local all-stars. Come hear this exuberant music, plus Piazzolla and more, remixed from the theme that launched us 10 years ago: Music Rocks!
Frank Almond, Brittany Boulding Breeden, Michael Lim, Mae Lin, violins, Mara Gearman, Scott Ligocki, violas, Rajan Krishnaswami, Amos Yang cellos

MESSIAEN AROUND WITH TIME

2/13/15 @ 7:30 PM Good Shepherd Chapel
2/15/15 @ 2:00 PM Town Hall(Downstairs)

In true Simple Measures style, we will walk you through the epic Quartet for the End
of Time by Olivier Messiaen with examples and explanations that open up the music and
enable even the casual listener to get to the heart of it and understand this amazing work. Join our
fine artists as they take you on the tour and present other “timely” works for their instruments.
Sean Osborn, clarinet, Cordula Merks, violin, Rajan Krishnaswami, cello, Mark Salman, piano

ISLAND TIME

4/17/15 @ 7:30 PM Town Hall (Upstairs)
4/19/15 @ 2:00 PM Mt. Baker Community Club

Come relax to the cool strains of our country’s premiere jazz string quartet, taking turns with a quartet of our own musicians playing classical tunes that complement the jazz.  Then we’ll combine forces as we play octets by The Beatles, Milhaud, and David Balakrishnan,TIQ’s violinist. Call it Clazzical Music! We’ll also play a two-cello arrangement of Mark Summer’s beloved “Julie-O.”  Turtle Island Quartet: Mateusz Smoczynski, David Balakrishnan, violins, Benjamin von Gutzeit, viola, Mark Summer, cello Simple Measures’ musicians: Victoria Parker, Maria Sampen violins, Tim Christie, viola, Rajan Krishnaswami, cello

 

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February 26, 2014

 

Rambunctious: A Festival of American Composers and Dance

May 15-17 at Fremont Abbey Arts Center - 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
May 22-24 at Washington Hall - 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
All performances at 8pm, except Saturday the 17th at 1pm

TICKETS at http://spectrumdance.org/company/rambunctious

We are thrilled to present a special collaboration with Spectrum Dance Theater. Rajan Krishnaswami, Simple Measures’ Artistic Director and Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum have banded together to create an exciting new work of contemporary dance choreographed by Mr. Byrd, and featuring American String Quartet music by Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, Charles Ives and others, and including a world premiere performance of a work for Trumpet and String Quartet composed by Don Krishnaswami, Rajan’s brother.  For tickets and more information visit  http://spectrumdance.org/company/rambunctious

Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin
Liza Zurlinden, violin
Laura Renz, viola
Rajan Krishnaswami, cello
Brian Chin, trumpet

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Hoity-Toity Free

November 9, 2013

It has come to our attention that some people are not aware of the dress code for Simple Measures audiences. It is true that our ad for this concert has folks (well, ok, CELLOS) dressed to the nines. But YOU folks, are NOT cellos! Simple Measures is STRICTLY a come-as-you-are outfit. (No pun intended.) Please don’t dress up. Come, and Have Fun. That’s what we’re about. You can even clap between movements if you feel like it. Tap your foot. Bob your head. Heck, even dance in the aisles! We. Don’t. Care. Yes, because we are:

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Announcing the 2013-2014 Season

May 7, 2013

Heavenly Voices

 with the Northwest Boychoir

4/25/14 @ 7:30 pm, Seatte First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

4/27/14 @ 6:00 pm, Green Lake Church
6530 East Green Lake Way North, Seattle, WA 98103

The incomparable sonic purity of the Northwest Boychoir with Music Director Joseph Crnko will be featured   in this concert of sacred music including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and sacred works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and more.  These concerts will be in area churches in order to feature organ and harp along with our usual complement of excellent string players.

Northwest Boychoir, Joe Crnko, Music Director
Doug Cleveland, Organ
John Carrington, Harp
Rob Tucker, Percussion
Jennifer Caine, Violin
Liza Zurlinden, Violin

Julie Thompson Whitton, Viola
Rajan Krishnaswami, Cello

 

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Cello Divas II  

Featuring International Cello Star:  Matt Haimovitz

11/15/13 @ 7:30 pm, Town Hall (Note change to UPSTAIRS)
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

11/17/13 @ 2:00 pm, Mt. Baker Community Club
2811 Mt. Rainier Drive South, Seattle, WA 98144

You KNOW you love the cello!  Back by popular demand, we will present our second concert of works for all   cellos from Bach to Apocalyptica.  Internationally renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz, known for his  unconventional performance style, will join Seattle Symphony Associate Principal cellist Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Central Washington University Faculty member John Michel, and SM Founder and Artistic Director Rajan Krishnaswami for this all-star event.

Learn more about Matt Haimovitz at his website:  http://www.matthaimovitz.com/

 

Matt Haimovitz
Rajan Krishnaswami
John Michel
Meeka Quan-DiLorenzo

 

The Magic of the Flute

with Demarre McGill, Principal Flutist of Seattle Symphony

2/14/14 @ 7:30 pm, Good Shepherd Chapel
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

2/16/14 @ 2:00 pm, Town Hall (downstairs)
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

For some Valentine’s Day magic, Principal Flutist of the Seattle Symphony, Demarre McGill will be joined by a string quartet of Simple Measures stars to present an evening of secular music for flute and strings including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Ginastera, Villa Lobos and more.  Come on your own or bring a friend for the perfect evening of romantic music.

Demarre McGill,  Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony
Elisa Barston, Principal Second Violin, Seattle Symphony
Michael Jinsoo Lim, Concertmaster, PNBallet Orchestra
Melia Watras, Viola Faculty, UW
Rajan Krishnaswami, SM Founder, Cello

 

 Heavenly Voices

 with the Northwest Boychoir

4/25/14 @ 7:30 pm, Seatte First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

4/27/14 @ 6:00 pm, Green Lake Church
6530 East Green Lake Way North, Seattle, WA 98103

The incomparable sonic purity of the Northwest Boychoir with Music Director Joseph Crnko will be featured   in this concert of sacred music including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and sacred works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and more.  These concerts will be in area churches in order to feature organ and harp along with our usual complement of excellent string players.

Northwest Boychoir, Joe Crnko, Music Director
Doug Cleveland, Organ
John Carrington, Harp
Rob Tucker, Percussion
Jennifer Caine, Violin
Liza Zurlinden, Violin

Julie Thompson Whitton, Viola
Rajan Krishnaswami, Cello

 

Simple Measures and Spectrum Dance – Special Collaboration

We are thrilled to announce a special collaboration with Spectrum Dance Theater next season. Rajan Krishnaswami, Simple Measures’ Artistic Director and Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum have banded together to create an exciting new work of contemporary dance choreographed by Mr. Byrd, and featuring American String Quartet music by Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, Charles Ives and others, and including a world premiere performance of a work for Trumpet and String Quartet composed by Don Krishnaswami, Rajan’s brother. We are tremendously excited about this collaboration, and know that you will be too! Special pricing for Simple Measures subscribers.

Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin
Liza Zurlinden, violin
Mara Gearman, viola
Rajan Krishnaswami, cello
Brian Chin, trumpet

 

 

 

 

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April 26, 2012

HARMONY

4/19/13@ 7:30 PM, Good Shepherd Chapel (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle 98103)

4/21/13 @ 2:00 PM, Town Hall (Downstairs) (1119 8th Ave, Seattle 98101)

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE DOOR

For our eighth season we will be exploring three of the most important aspects of music: rhythm, melody and harmony.

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For the final concert of the season we have a special treat in store. Simple Measures will be joined by the new concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, the wonderful violinist Alexander Velinzon. He will join the Krishnaswami-Salman duo, and Simple Measures regular, Sean Osborn, for a concert of duos and trios which will explore harmony through the centuries, culminating in Beethoven’s great Archduke trio in its entirety. You won’t want to miss this evening of sublime music making!

Alexander Velinzon, violin
Rajan Krishnaswami, cello
Mark Salman, piano
Sean Osborn, clarinet

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Tickets:
$30 General Admission (36-64)
$25 Seniors (65+)
$15 for Youth & Young Adult (35 and under)


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Local Vocals

March 14, 2012

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For its final concert of the season, Simple Measures is joined by the Seattle Girls’ Choir top choir, Prime Voci, and SGC’s Artistic Director, Jacob Winkler.  The beautiful, clear sound of the choir will be interspersed with and sometimes accompanied by Simple Measures musicians – Arthur Girsky, Natasha Bazhanov and Michael Jinsoo Lim, violins; Arie Schachter, viola; and Rajan Krishnaswami, cello with SGC’s Ruth Draper on piano.  The first half will include lighthearted American music (Gershwin, Copland, Randall Thompson), some of Dvorak’s “American” string quartet and Barber’s Adadio for Strings.  The second half will feature movements from Stabat Mater by Italian Baroque composer G.B. Pergolesi.


 

3A. Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM, Fremont Abbey

3B. Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM, Town Hall (Downstairs)

Seattle Girls’ Choir Prime Voci ensemble, Jacob Winkler, Artistic Director
Ruth Draper, piano
Arthur Girsky,
Natasha Bazhanov, Michael Jinsoo Lim, violins
Arie Schachter, viola
Rajan Krishnaswami, cello

www.seattlegirlschoir.org

Photo by Matthew Felton

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20th Anniversary Concert

March 9, 2012

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Some things get better As Time Goes By. Fine wine. Artisan cheese. The synergic music-making of the Krishnaswami-Salman duo. Artistry, refined over two decades. Click here to buy your tickets today!

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Willow Bader Painting to be Auctioned on March 11th

March 8, 2012

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This beautiful painting, by the prolific artist Willow Bader, was inspired by the fall performance of Cello Divas and has been donated by the artist towards the fundraising efforts of Simple Measures.  An exciting, up and coming artist,  Ms. Bader uses a unique encaustic technique, a mixture of wax and pigment, to create her works which are inspired by dance and music.  To read more about Ms. Bader and her work, please visit her website at www.willowbader.com.

The painting, measuring 12″ x 16″,  will be up for silent auction bids (minimum $500) at the 20th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, March 11th at 1:30 pm at Town Hall in Seattle.  Email bids may also be placed by email at info@simplemeasures.org, up until noon on Sunday, March 11th.   If you would like more information, please contact us at info@simplemeasures.org.

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November 18, 2011

Join us for the remainder of our 7th Season!


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Unstrung Hero

In the only concert this season that is unsung, we present one of our favorite unstrung heroes, clarinetist Sean Osborn. Luxuriate to the strains of Brahms as we bring you his lush, beautiful Clarinet Quintet as well as a wide variety of other music for clarinet and strings including a piece that Sean himself composed inspired by the Beatles!

2A. Friday, February 10 at 7:30 PM, Q Cafe (Interbay between Queen Anne and Magnolia)

2B. Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 PM, Mt. Baker Community Club


Sean Osborn, Clarinet

Jennifer Caine, Cordula Merks, violins

Laura Renz, viola

Rajan Krishnaswami, cello


Local Vocals

For the final concert, we will be joined by the Seattle Girls’ Choir with Artistic Director Jacob Winkler. Enjoy the beautiful clear song of their top choir, Prime voci, interspersed with (and accompanied by) your Simple Measures musicians to bring you music both “serious” and light-hearted (Beethoven, Copland, Randall Thompson), including Stabat Mater by Italian Baroque composer G.B. Pergolesi. You’d have to be a real yokel not to dig these local vocals.

3B. Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM, Town Hall (Downstairs)


Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jacob Winkler, Artistic Director

Arthur Girsky, Michael Jinsoo Lim, violins

Laura Renz, viola

Rajan Krishnaswami, cello

BONUS CONCERT!!!!!!!!

20th Anniversary Concert: Krishnaswami-Salman Duo

A Simple Measures Benefit Concert

The Krishnaswami-Salman duo will present a concert celebrating their 20th Anniversary of sublime music making.  Come hear this experienced duo as they present a recital of great pieces from the repertoire for cello and piano.  Featured will be Cesar Franck’s beautiful Sonata in A Major, which was the main piece on their first recital 20 years ago.  The depth of artistry of these two long time collaborators is not to be missed! Champagne reception to follow for those who purchase sponsor tickets.

Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 PM, Town Hall (Great Hall)

Mark Salman, piano

Rajan Krishnaswami, cello


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September 12, 2011

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