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Bion Tsang and Jon Kimura Parker kick off SCMS: Summer Music Festival program with a beautiful Debussy sonata / 95.3WHRB

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SCMS was established in 1982 and started as a series of summer concerts during the month of July. While they have since expanded to include a winter program and more, their Summer Music Festival continues to be the lasting tradition that Seattleites love and adore. This year, SCMS welcomed 42 world-class artists, many of them concertmasters, Grammy award winners, and more, and as the Seattle Times put it in 2008, "the equivalent of an all-star lineup. A dream team of chamber players."

I was lucky enough to attend the July 17th concert, with works by Debussy, Beach, Shostakovich, and Suk. I was surprised to see how packed the recital hall was, given it was a weeknight. The kind gentleman seated next to me told me he's been coming to the summer music festival for several years now and that many of the audience members were dedicated listeners.

Bion Tsang and Jon Kimura Parker began the program with a beautiful Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano. It was wonderful to see Tsang, who graduated with honors from Harvard as an undergraduate in the Class of 1989. Tsang and Parker were followed by Amy C. Beach's String Quartet, Op. 89, performed by Jun Iwasaki, Yura Lee, Aloysia Friedmann, and Raphael Bell. This was the first time SCMS has performed this work, and it was fantastic to see SCMS include quite a few compositions by women composers in their summer program, not only including Amy C. Beach but also Lili Boulanger and Fanny Mendelssohn.

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