Thurs, March 20 at 7:30 pm, Sat, March 22 at 8 pm, Sun, March 23 at 2 pm.
Tchaikovsky, schmaikovsky. This concert is about the tremendously fascinating Japanese pianist and visual artist Tomoko Mukaiyama, who's performing the US premiere of Alexander Raskatov's concerto for piano and orchestra Night Butterflies. Raskatov himself is inspired by the fearless and fierce Mukaiyama, who uses her voice as well as her hands, and who once had a sky full of shoes come raining down on her as she played. She's also not some ingenue: She's been doing this 25 years. The Saturday version of this concert is preceded at 6 p.m. by a panel talk with world-renowned Russian music scholars Richard Taruskin, Laurel Fay, Marina Ritzarev, and Natalie Zelensky, moderated by Elena Dubinets. As part of the event, the Seattle Chamber Players will perform Raskatov’s Time of Falling Flowers. This is one to mark on the calendar.