Stories from the East

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

advance tickets: Brown Paper Tickets or 1-800-838-3006

Orchestra Seattle
Seattle Chamber Singers
Aaron Breid, conductor
TBD, piano


Kamran Ince (*1960)
Gloria (Everywhere)

Chopin Foundation competition winner

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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

Program Notes