Relish some of the best-loved works from the Baroque period set in the splendor of Spokane’s historic churches. Journey to the Republic of Venice at the height of its glory. Enjoy music written for both sacred and secular settings by Venetian composers, including two who influenced Bach– Albinoni and Vivaldi. INTERVIEW WITH ECKART
Tomaso Albinoni ● Sinfonia in G major
Claudio Monteverdi ● L’Orfeo, SV 318: Sinfonie e Ritornelli
Giuseppe Tartini ● Devil’s Trill Sonata
Antonio Vivaldi ● Gloria
Praised for her warm stage presence and silvery tone, Soprano Abbigail Coté has enjoyed performing with various opera companies across the United States. Some of her favorite roles include Elle (La Voix Humaine), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Krystina (Farewell Auschwitz), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica). Ms. Coté has given recitals in San Francisco, Portland, Eugene, Missoula, Vienna, Austria, and Venice, Italy. Abbigail recently appeared as a guest soloist with Orchestra Next and the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to her performance work, Abbigail is an active opera director and producer. She recently produced the world premiere of The Woman of Salt, in Eugene, Oregon, directed Law and Opera with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg at the Castleton Music Festival, and served as Executive Director for West Edge Opera in Berkeley, Ca. Abbigail holds a Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Opera Production from Florida State University. She recently moved to the Spokane area with her Great Dane, Brunhilda, and is currently the Director of Vocal Studies at Eastern Washington University.
Mezzo-Soprano Ann Benson was born and raised in Spokane and enjoys performing and collaborating with artists throughout the Inland Northwest. Most recently, she appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Palouse Choral Society. Ms. Benson has also performed as mezzo-soprano soloist with the Northwest Bach Festival, the Cathedral and the Arts Series and Central Lutheran Church, Spokane, singing such works as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and early music by Hildegard of Bingen. As a recitalist, favorite works include Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, art songs of Puccini and the Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom.
On the opera stage, Ms. Benson has sung Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Third Lady in The Magic Flute and Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West for Opera Coeur d’Alene. Ms. Benson and her improviser husband, Kevin, frequently perform their original show, Impropera! a Magnificent Mash-up of Opera and Improvised Comedy, delighting audiences at such venues as The Blue Door Theatre and Lake City Playhouse. She has also appeared in musical theater productions including playing Amy in Sondheim’s Company with the Modern Theater, French Song in A My Name is Alice at CenterStage and Two Ladies in Cabaret at Spokane Civic Theater.
Violinist Mateusz Wolski was born in Warsaw, Poland where he began his musical training at the age of seven. He studied at the Szymanowski Musical High School and the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw before traveling to the New York to attend Manhattan School of Music. It was there, with full scholarship, that he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees under the tutelage of New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow.
Mateusz has enjoyed a distinguished solo career both in the United States and abroad. Recent performances include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor; Paganini’s First Violin Concerto; Karlowicz’s Violin Concerto; Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto in D Minor and Polonaise in A Major; Mozart’s Concerto in G Major and Simphonia Concertante; Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor and Double Concerto; Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie; Sarasate Carmen Fantasy; Brahms’ Double Concerto; and Vivaldi’s TheFour Seasons.
Wolsk is the concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony, as well as creator and host of the Spokane Symphony’s innovative M Show Series. He performs on a violin owned by the Spokane Symphony that was crafted by Italian master Carlo Landolfi in 1779.
This concert is available individually or as part of a Baroque Chamber Concerts subscription. Both individual and season tickets may be purchased with personalized service at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue, or by calling 509-624-1200. They are also available online and at all TicketsWest outlets. ● BUY TICKETS
March 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Saturday at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S Washington St. & Sunday at the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, 15515 East 20th Ave, Spokane Valley