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What We’re Reading This Week-January 28, 2013

Your weekly round-up of arts and culture news in the Northwest.

Vancouver and Seattle: a tale of two arts cities

Crosscut, David Brewster

Last week, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicked off its West Coast tour with a concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The orchestra turned in a performance rather like the Seahawks: an awkward first half followed by a stunning second half, sending Prokofiev far over the moon.




Seattle Opera’s 2013-14 season: light, dark and fantastical

The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch

The numbers are all lined up for Seattle Opera’s 2013-14 season. This year marks the opera’s 50th anniversary, as well as its 10th year at McCaw Hall. This year is also the bicentennial of Verdi and Wagner, whose work will be heard in the new season. Speight Jenkins celebrates his 30th year as the Opera’s general director, before retiring in 2014.

Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine recognized as a top US neighborhood for arts

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Jill Blocker

There are few better places for artists, designers, musicians and other creative minds to be than in Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine Corridor, according to a new national ranking.

Seattle Symphony brings Messiaen’s ‘Turangalîla’ to Benaroya

The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch

It’s a piano concerto. No, it’s a percussion concerto. No, it’s the mother of all symphonies! — longer, at close to 80 minutes, than Beethoven’s Ninth, and with 10 movements to boot, instead of a measly four.

 13 for 13

The Seattle Times

In this year-long series, The Seattle Times and KUOW connect with 13 people poised to shape the future of the arts in the Northwest. Check out their first profile of the year, curator Yoko Ott, on KUOW and The Seattle Times.