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New Year, New Chapter

January 12, 2024
Author: PMW

2024 is already ushering in some big changes here at Pacific MusicWorks.

In Febraury, we will be excited to welcome back 2024 GRAMMY-nominated countertenor, Reginald Mobley in concert with Founding Artistic Director and GRAMMY-winner, Stephen Stubbs, acclaimed soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah, and PMW Resident Young Artist, Tess Roberts for an evening of English song. 

Originally slated as a program exploring the roots of American music, the core of the production has been reimagined to celebrate the expertise of Stubbs, Mobley, and Reutter-Harrah. Time Stands Still: English song from Downland to Purcell will survey the golden age of English song.

This spring, celebrated soprano Amanda Forsythe returns to Seattle for two performances of From Rome with Love: Songs from the Italian Baroque, a concert full of virtuosity and passion, performing some of Baroque era Rome’s greatest hits from Rossi to Handel.  

In other important news, PMW is in a period of transition artistically and administratively. While we, thankfully, made it through the pandemic we are currently experiencing what many cultural organizations are facing- diminished donor and funder capacity. It became clear that our structure of three artistic co-directors and managing director was unsustainable for the present post-pandemic reality. Tekla Cunningham and Henry Lebedinsky have stepped down as artistic co-directors of PMW. While we are grateful for their many years of collaboration and deeply regret losing them on the directorial team, our artistic plans together go on. At the same time our managing director Julia Benzinger was faced with an unsustainable personal situation with her family living in Europe and her job requiring her presence in Seattle. 

From her letter to colleagues and peers:

“As I shared with the board several months ago, my life outside the organization has undergone major shifts since I accepted the position. The most dramatic of these has been our family’s move to Barcelona, Spain, where I have begun my PhD studies, focusing on women’s leadership in classical music.

With complete gratitude for this opportunity and the ongoing partnership of many outstanding colleagues and stakeholders, I believe the health of the organization will be best served by an executive team firmly rooted in Seattle. Per my resignation, my term concluded at the end of 2023.”

So, for the moment, PMW returns to its origins with Maxine Eilander and Stephen Stubbs comprising the artistic and administrative team. We will be doing our best to continue the mainstage productions in February and May as well as our monthly Sanctuary in the City series at the Josephinum. We will continue to need your financial support, but also volunteer efforts, such as provision of housing and transportation will be more important than ever to our survival. Please feel free to reach out to us at admin@pacificmusicworks.org if you are in a position to volunteer with us.

Thanks to your support during our year-end appeal, we still plan on bringing your and our beloved community the kind of excellence in musical storytelling that you have come to expect from Pacific MusicWorks.

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