We have seen the sun on occasion, and I am told this is not in fact a sign of the end of the world, but instead means that we might have spring again this year. Still, February and March in Seattle tend to be damp and clammy and thus perfect for indoor entertainment. If great classical music is your taste, we have some treats in store in the next few weeks:
- First, the masterful Itzhak Perlman joins the Seattle Symphony as both conductor and soloist on Feb. 22 and 23 at Benaroya Hall (200 University St., Seattle). The performance includes Winter and Summer from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, as well as Mr. Perlman leading the orchestra in Mozart’s Prague symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony #7.
- Also on Feb. 23, the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of their concerto competition winners. Here is an opportunity to hear promising young soloists at the beginning of their careers. Performance at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (4001 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle).
- On Feb. 25, Ilia Radoslavov, the grand prize winner of the 2009 Seattle International Piano Competition, appears in recital at the Poncho Concert Hall At Cornish College (710 East Roy Street). The program includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30, Pancho Vladigerov’s Improvisation and Toccata No. 4 and No. 5, and Mussorgsky’s mighty Pictures at an Exhibition.
- The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra performs on Feb. 26 at Benaroya Hall. Steven Radcliffe leads the orchestra in a program of musical portraits, including Strauss’ Don Juan and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
- March brings two more solo recitals by renowned pianists: On Mar. 7, Garrick Ohlsson celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt with a recital at Meany Hall. Then on Mar. 11, Emanuel Ax performs Beethoven and Bach at Benaroya Hall.
- In addition, two standout chamber music performances are scheduled for March. On Mar. 14, Meaney Hall hosts a performance by the innovative Calder Quartet. Named for the artist Alexander Calder, this ensemble mixes traditional string quartet material with adventurous new works. And on Mar. 18, the Onyx Chamber Players presents an all Beethoven recital at Town Hall (1119 8th Avenue, Seattle).
So, even if the sky is gray and the weather dreary, there is music to warm the heart.