Stories from the East

Saturday, March 31, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church (3200 3rd Ave W)

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Orchestra Seattle
Seattle Chamber Singers
Aaron Breid, conductor
Edward Zhang, piano


Kamran Ince (*1960)
Gloria (Everywhere)

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 [mvmts. 2 & 3]

— intermission —

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 –1908)
Scheherazade, Op. 35

About the Concert

In Scheherazade, one of the most popular pieces in the orchestral repertoire, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov created “a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images” around the seductive storyteller at the center of The Arabian Nights — basing each movement on a different tale, lavishing each of them with the beguiling melodies and the dazzling orchestral colors for which he was famous. Born in Montana but raised in Turkey, composer Kamran Ince responded to a commission from the vocal ensemble Chanticleer with an a cappella setting of a text by the 13th Century sufi poet Jelaleddin Rumi in which he “tried to convey the strong yearning for god with searching lines, at times incomplete, breathless.”

Please join us prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m. for a free “Behind the Music” discussion!

About the Conductor


Aaron Breid is rapidly garnering acclaim as an operatic and symphonic conductor. Over the last five years, he has stepped in to conduct more than a dozen performances (of Turandot, Carmen, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte and The Ballad of Baby Doe) with Minnesota Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Omaha and Virginia Opera. During the 2017–2018 season, Mr. Breid will appear as guest conductor with the Omaha Symphony, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and UNO Chamber Orchestra, in addition to serving as cover conductor for Washington National Opera’s The Little Prince and North Carolina Opera’s Samson et Dalila.

Over the previous two seasons, Mr. Breid made his conducting debuts with Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and Opera Omaha (Opera Outdoors) in addition to covering performances with the Charlotte Symphony and Sarasota Opera. In 2015, he was named associate conductor of Central City Opera, where in he has led productions of Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte and Il trovatore. Previously, he served as assistant/cover conductor for Minnesota Opera for four seasons, where he collaborated on 20 productions, including the world premieres of Silent Night, The Manchurian Candidate, Doubt and The Dream of Valentino.

Past seasons have seen Mr. Breid collaborate in productions with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Des Moines Metro Opera and Brevard Music Festival, as well as symphonic performances with the Rochester Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony, Golden Valley Symphony and the Edina Chorale and Orchestra. Mr. Breid is an alumnus of the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors.

About the Soloist


Fourteen-year-old pianist Edward Zhang began his piano studies at the age of six and is currerntly a student of Sasha Starcevich. His talent has been recognized in a number of competitions, including the 2017 Bösendorfer and Yamaha International Piano Competition, where he was awarded a silver medal. He was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Minnesota International E-Piano Junior Competition, received gold medals in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 Chopin Festival of the Northwest, and won the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition, the 2013 Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, the 2014 Washington State Outstanding Artist Competition and the 2015 Russian Chamber Music Festival of Seattle Competition. Edward received a gold medal in the 2016 Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, has performed in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, the Katzin Concert Hall in Tempe, Arizona, and on Classical KING-FM.

Edward made his orchestra debut with Philharmonia Northwest in 2014, performing with them again in 2016 as a Seattle Young Artists Festival medalist, and played the first movement of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 with Orchestra Seattle in 2016. He would like to express his appreciation to the Chopin Festival of Northwest and Orchestra Seattle for this wonderful milestone in his musical journey. Edward is a ninth grader at Juanita High School in Kirkland.

Program Notes