Join us in Celebrating our 7th Season

August 19, 2011

2011-2012 Concert Season

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Cello Divas

You KNOW you love cello!! Here’s your chance to be surrounded by the dulcet tones of a choir of cellos as we explore what perhaps is the western world’s most loved instrument. Hear works by Bach, Fauré, and some cool surprises! The culminating work will be the beautiful Bachianas Brasileiras #5 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, scored for EIGHT cellos and soprano and featuring Seattle Opera regular Terri Richter. Incomparable! (We won’t be too high strung. Promise.)

1A. Friday, October 7 at 7:30 PM, Town Hall (Downstairs)

1B. Sunday, October 9 at 2 PM, Mt. Baker Community Club

Terri Richter, soprano

Cellos: Rajan Krishnaswami, Terri Benshoof, Roberta Downey, Virginia Dziekonski, Eric Gaenslen, Chuck Jacot, Page Smith, Brian Wharton

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

Arie Schachter, 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.

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

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 Benz, viola

Rajan Krishnaswami, cello


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


May 30, 2011

Masked cellists, dancing trees, music, nature, art…

Watch the exciting preview for this weekend’s concerts…





Web Designs showcasing music, art and nature

May 9, 2011




Discover a vibrant world of sound, texture, and emotion as Gossamer leads you through an enchanted entanglement of music, nature, and visual art.  Concept created by Victoria Parker and Gossamer Collective.  Featuring Mark Salman, piano, Rajan Krishnaswami, cello, Victoria Parker, violin, and Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; and music by Nico Muhly, George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, and Maurice Ravel.  


Friday, June 3rd at 7:30 PM

Mt. Baker Community Club

2811 Mt. Rainier Dr. South

Seattle, WA 98144


Saturday, June 4th at 2:00 PM

Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98103


Sunday, June 5th at 7:00 PM



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April 19, 2011

Listen here to some samples of ETHEL’s beautiful work…

(To Whom it May Concern: Thank You and Escape! from the Hours) will be a part of this weekend’s program

Senescence Music
(Cornelius Dufallo)

To Whom it May Concern: Thank You
(Mark Stewart)

(Phil Kline)

Escape!  from the Hours


March 23, 2011



High Octane, Passionate musicians – New York Times
When they want it to roar, they ROAR – LA Times
Vital and Brilliant – The New Yorker
ETHEL created a world in which classical music had never grown distant,
a world in which it was fresh and direct as crowds dancing in the street.
– Wall Street Journal



It’s been SEVEN years since ETHEL was in Seattle.   Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see them live in our area - and find out why audiences around the world are falling in love with ETHEL!  

Click on a date below to buy tickets and reserve your seat.

Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM, Mt. Baker Community Club
Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 PM, Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Click here to watch the video, “Who is Ethel” and learn more about this, ”High Octane String Quartet”

For more information about the Present Beauty repertoire that ETHEL will be performing, please visit the programs page on this website.

The New York Times calls ETHEL, “a string quartet that has always wanted to be a rock band.”   ETHEL tours the world, appearing on stages as varied as Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Ravinia, TED, Lincoln Center, Holland’s TROMP Festival and the Kennedy Center.  Embracing today’s most exhilarating music, ETHEL has performed with Joe Jackson, Kurt Elling, Bang on a Can, STEW and Ensemble Modern.  Members of ETHEL have recorded/performed with some of today’s most compelling artists: Sheryl Crow, Gorillaz, Roger Daltrey, Yo Yo Ma, Ornette Coleman and Lenny Kravitz.



Significant Others

January 17, 2011

Significant Others Flyer


Green Giving

November 29, 2010

Give the gift of experience this holiday season!  Simple Measures gift subscriptions and gift tickets do not use paper, and do not accumulate in the closet, forlorn and forgotten!  Please click this link to give the gift of Simple Measures.


Announcing the 2010-2011 Season!

November 25, 2010

Simple Measures is thrilled to announce its concert season for 2010-2011

2010-2011 Concert Season

Feminine Mystique

We all know that women have a certain je ne sais quoi which sets them apart. This season we are exploring and celebrating the substantial artistic contributions made by women, both musically and in other disciplines.

Significant Others – February 5-7, 2011

These compositions by the oft neglected Other Sex are indeed Significant. This program features works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and other significant women composers such as Rebecca Clark and Nadia Boulanger, culminating with Amy Beach’s lush, romantic Piano Quintet.  Seattle’s own star violist Mara Gearman will lead our Simple Measures musicians.

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Saturday, Feb 5 at 2:00 pm Kenyon Hall (West Seattle)
Sunday, Feb 6 at 7:00 pm Bitter Lake Community Center
Monday, Feb 7 at 7:30 pm Q Café (Queen Anne/Magnolia)

The Glass Ceiling. We are presenting New York based ETHEL, a string quartet with an exciting and innovative presentation style.  Featured music includes an arrangement by ETHEL of Philip Glass’ sound track to the movie “The Hours” based upon a story about Virginia Woolf, as well as other works by women (and men).  Do not arrive late for we have a special musical surprise to begin the show.

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Friday, April 29 at 7:30 pm Mt. Baker Community Club
Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm Fremont Abbey

Web Designs. The Gossamer Collective will spin a multimedia musical web of art, photography, and clothing design creating a living tapestry of sound, color, texture and emotion. As presented by Simple Measures the multimedia work of the five women of the Collective will incorporate various musical works including the monumental Piano Trio by Ravel.

Click on a date below to buy tickets for that date:

Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm Mt. Baker Community Club
Saturday, June 4 at 2:00 pm Good Sheperd Center
Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 pm Northgate Community Center

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Water – May 14-17, 2010

April 21, 2010

Come to the exciting conclusion to the Simple Measures season! We are presenting the Corigliano String Quartet in music by composers whose music appears on the big screen, including John Corigliano, Phillip Glass, and even Mozart and Schubert. See movie clips and hear these composers’ concert music, all in an informal, up-close and interactive format. PNB Concertmaster Michael Lim, Seattle Symphony Principal Second violinist Elisa Barston and her sister Amy Barston, and UW faculty member Melia Watras join Simple Measures Founder and Artistic Director Rajan Krishnaswami.

Friday, May 14, 7:30pm at Fremont Abbey
Saturday, May 15, 2:00pm at Miller Community Center (Capitol Hill)
Sunday, May 16, 7:00pm at Bastyr University Chapel (Kenmore)
Monday, May 17, 7:30pm at Mount Baker Community Club

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As seen in the Seattle Times

April 16, 2010

Thank you Seattle Times for mentioning us in your weekend classical round-up.