December 12, 19, and 20
Brighten your seasonal celebrations with wondrous sacred and secular music for winter and the holidays, including Ola Gjeilo’s sumptuous setting of The Holly and the Ivy, the haunting ‘Tis Winter Now by Paul Halley, and Seattle composer Melinda Bargreen’s exquisite There Is No Rose.
Plus, you’ll hear beautiful works for chorus and classical guitar by Alf Houkum (The Rune of Hospitality) and Jeffrey Van (O Be Joyful), featuring nationally-known guitarist, Michael Nicolella (learn more, below).
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Adults: $50 Students: $25 Seniors: $38
With a repertoire spanning from J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to Jimi Hendrix and Elliott Carter, Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America’s most innovative classical guitar virtuosos. He has received wide critical acclaim for his performances, recordings and compositions. As a concert artist, Michael has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan as solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra.
Nicolella has collaborated and performed with a wide range of artists including: the Seattle Symphony, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, jazz singer Johnaye Kendrick, Seattle Chamber Players, Charanga Danzon, prog rock legend Jon Anderson, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Broadway stars Bernadette Peters and Brian Stokes Mitchell, classical music comedians Ingudesman and Joo, violinist Gil Shaham and the Seattle Guitar Trio which performed Michael’s groundbreaking arrangement of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” As a performer and composer, he has received awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, 4Culture, Wisconsin Arts Board, Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission and was first prize winner of both the Portland and Northwest solo classical guitar competitions.
Michael is a graduate of Yale University, Berklee College of Music and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.