Two highly acclaimed Seattle Symphony clarinetists — Benjamin Lulich and Emil Khudyev — will perform on Monday, May 2 with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra for their “Tchaikovsky’s Fifth” concert, under the direction of Maestro Michael Miropolsky.
The concert, which closes the orchestra’s 60th season, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave N. A pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., by KING-FM radio personality Dave Beck , will preview the musical highlights of the evening.
“We are fortunate to have the rare opportunity to hear a duo of extraordinary clarinetists perform Double Concerto for Clarinet by Czech composer František Kramář-Krommer,” Miropolsky said of Lulich and Khudyev. “Kramář-Krommer was a contemporary of (Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus) Mozart and (German composer Ludwig van) Beethoven, and he is best known today for his wind music.”
Lulich is the principal clarinet of the Seattle Opera, having served as acting principal clarinet with the Cleveland Orchestra while holding other major positions with the Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Music Festival and Sunriver Music Festival. . He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, Mozaic Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and many other ensembles. He also performed frequently with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, recording numerous scores for films, record albums, and video games.
Khudyev has performed with numerous musical organizations, including the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. He became Professor of Clarinet at Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014 after serving as Acting First Associate and Second Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Born in Turkmenistan, Khudyev began his musical education under the auspices of the Moscow Conservatory and, at the age of 7, was admitted to the Special School of Music of Turkmenistan.
The Cascade Symphony will open the concert by performing Suite No. 2 by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla from “The Three-Cornered Hat”.
“This ballet was created 100 years ago and immediately put de Falla on the map as the leading European composer of the time,” noted Miropolsky. “The sequel is full of vigor and beauty.”
The concert will end with the “Fifth Symphony” by Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
“This work is Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece,” Miropolsky said. “It’s often called ‘Fate Symphony’ and it reflects the composer’s turbulent emotional life. Unfortunately, the musical piece’s triumphant ending did not mirror that of Tchaikovsky’s personal life.
Ticket prices are: $27 for adults; $22 for seniors (60+); $15 for students with ID; and $10 for youth (12 and under).
Tickets can be purchased online at the ECA website and by phone (425-275-9595). The ECA box office can be contacted by email at [email protected] The box office is currently open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and extended hours during performances.
Joining other performing arts venues in the region, ECA requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry to all shows and events in the theater. Masks are mandatory inside the ECA. Complete and up-to-date venue rules are available at www.ec4arts.org.
Additional information about the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, including its schedule for the 2022-23 concert season which begins in October, as well as any other updates, will be available online at www.cascadesymphony.org.