A Sold-Out Countess Series Delights Audiences

October 18, 2023
Author: Julia Benzinger

For our season opener, we decided to take a risk and invite our patrons out of the concert hall and into the cabaret to experience a different side of Pacific MusicWorks. Audiences were welcomed into the whimsical and unique space of the Rabbit Box Theatre at Seattle’s beloved Pike Place Market. Cocktails were flowing and mouth-watering plates delivered as PMW’s artists served up the main course, A Concert with The Countess: The Baroque Meets Drag.

After 2 successful and sold out shows, the reviews were in and it became clear that the risk paid off.

 “The Baroque Meets Drag.” With a subtitle like that, everyone who attended Pacific MusicWorks’ A Concert with The Countess Oct. 7 and 8 in Seattle’s intimate Rabbit Box Theatre performance, dining, and drinks venue or saw the video of bass-baritone John Taylor Ward’s mash-up of Purcell and Miley Cyrus knew that some combination of serious musicianship and royal camp was in store.

Nothing, however, prepared me for how delightful and engaging the evening would be. Center stage stood, sang, bantered, and pranced the towering bass-baritone. Not only is Ward a direct descendent of the French-English lutenist, songwriter, and art expert Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666) — the Master of the King’s Music to England’s Charles I, amasser of the backbone of the British National Gallery’s collection, and composer of the first English monody, Hero and Leander — but he is also a dedicated early-music vocalist and the creator of a drag persona that, on this occasion, manifested as The Countess.”

Jason Victor Serinus, Classical Voice North America

If you missed the performances, stay tuned for the release of the Virtual Concert!

The Countess, aka John Taylor Ward, and dancer Tshedzom Tingkhye charm Saturday night’s audience at The Rabbit Box Theatre.
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