Concert - Stormy Seas

Journeys of hope. Journeys in search of freedom.

Our second Benaroya Hall concert features Sahba Aminikia’s Stormy Seas, telling the stories of young boat refugees from five countries who braved perilous waters in search of safe shores. We presented the world premiere of this MOR commission in one of last year’s online programs, and now you can experience it in the compelling immediacy of our live stage. Rodas Recordada, by Sid Robinovitch, recalls the island of Rhodes’ once-thriving Sephardic Jewish community and reveals a surprising connection with Seattle. Plus a pair of haunting songs based on Ladino poems, and music by three Dutch composers touched by the Holocaust.

MOR’s stellar ensemble is drawn from the ranks of the Seattle Symphony. Special guests include baritone José Rubio, mezzo soprano Karen Early Evans, soprano Vanessa Isiguen*, guitarist Michael Partington, pianist Christina Valdes*, child actors Mia Habermann, Vritika Gupta, and Makayla Burley, and cellist Leyna Kitahama*, one of our recent David Tonkonogui Memorial Award recipient.

*MOR debut

Special Thanks to Our Concert Sponsor

Queen Anne Book Company / Judy and Krijn de Jonge

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Stormy Seas book
Stormy Seas book available through Queen Anne Book Company
Ivory Coast
Stormy Seas media design by Peter Crompton for MOR production
Partington and Rubio
Guitarist Michael Partington and baritone Jose Rubio
MOR String Trio
Violinist Mikhail Shmidt, violist Susan Gulkis Assadi and cellist Walter Gray perform string trios by Dick Kattenburg and Géza Frid. Credit: Ben VanHouten