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Season Concert

Harmony from Discord

BellA Hristova, violin
Demarre McGill, flute
Jessica Choe, piano
Jonathan Leshnoff, composer
May 1, 2022
3:00 pm
Mount Baker Theatre


Joan Tower | Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 (3')
Jonathan Leshnoff
| Elegy (8')
Erwin Schulhoff | Double Concerto for Flute and Piano - featuring Demarre McGill & Jessica Choe (23')
John Williams
| Theme from Schindler’s List - featuring Bella Hristova (5')
Ludwig van Beethoven | Violin Concerto - featuring Bella Hristova (45')

*All programs subject to change

Of Note

Jessica Choe is another welcomed returning soloist and plays with the Seattle Symphony.

Demarre McGill is Principal Flute with the Seattle Symphony. (His brother Anthony, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, joined us last season).

Bella Hristova performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin

Bella Hristova began her musical studies at age six and in masterclasses by age twelve.

The BSO commissioned Jonathan Leshnoff to compose a new work to celebrate our Harmony from Discord series. This will be the world premier of the piece Elegy. Elegy is a co-commission with the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.

John Williams won an Oscar for Best Score and BAFTA for Best Music for the score to the film.

Following a Salzberg performance of his Five Pieces for String Quartet in 1924 Schulhoff played American ragtime numbers on piano at a local inn "till the walls tottered."

Powerful: Fanfare for an Uncommon Woman is dedicated to “women who take risks and are adventurous.”

Beautiful:  The notes and voices of those traditionally left out of the repertory echo through time, and reverberate today in the voices of our soloists and their work.

Inspiring:  Harmony from Discord has become an audience favorite, and nothing could please us more. We love bringing these musical voices to life and sharing their stories, and we are very grateful that our musical community is so supportive. 

What an amazing lineup for our seventh Harmony from Discord concert!  

Hristova and Choe are involved with the Music of Remembrance project, McGill, Principal Flute for the Seattle Symphony, has also risen to prominence in speaking out about social justice issues, and their passion for both music and justice inspires us all. The three together will light up our stage with this inspirational and thoughtful program. 

We will also be premiering a work the BSO commissioned for this series by world renowned composer Jonathan Leshnoff.

As ever, our wonderful BSO musicians provide beautiful accompaniment to this stunning trio of soloists. 

Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel’s informative and engaging virtual Pre-Concert Lecture about the program will air here on our website during the week of the concert.

Check out our BSO Health & Safety Guidelines and Concert FAQs to find out more about how we are working to keep you safe while sharing the joy of music.

Free live broadcasts on concert Sundays at 3pm on BTV and our Watch & Listen Page.

Discover More

READ: From the Top's This Land/Our Land: Getting to know Bella Hristova

WATCH: Bella Hristova in From the Top's This Land/Our Land - Young musicians with immigrant stories perform Christopher O'Riley's new piece

READ: Learn more about Bella Hristova

WATCH: Brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill in this interview about their musical upbringing and how they give back

READ: The Flute View interview with Demarre McGill

WATCH: The Habit of Playing with Demarre McGill

READ: Learn more about Demarre McGill

READ: Learn more about Jonathan Leshnoff