It is always sad to say good bye to summer, but fortunately, the artistic community in the greater Seattle area is here to help. Most of the area’s orchestras and classical music groups begin their new seasons in September. Unlike pop music, classical and jazz music never ages and always stays fresh. Here are five of the best selections to take advantage of this fall.
The Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era
200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
Dates: Sep. 27, 28, 29 and 30
AMC’s “Mad Men” television show has created a new fascination with nostalgia. The Seattle Symphony invites you to live your fantasy out while swinging to the tunes of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Conductor Steven Reineke will lead you to a time when bossa nova was actually new. Mentally, you will be transported to an earlier age in settings like a Las Vegas lounge. Wear your fedora or string of pearls to join in the fun. (Despite the reference to “Mad Men,” smoking is prohibited.)
1932 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98108
Date: October 2
Mr. Jackson will be channeling the great Duke Ellington while using his own arrangements during this surprising and fun jazz concert. “I revere the Duke, but I didn’t want to make a reverent album,” Jackson says of his new album, “The Duke,” of which he will be playing selections from. Joe will also be performing a selection of songs from his own catalogue while being backed by a six-piece band. Jazz great Regina Carter will serve as special guest on the violin.
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“A Night in Madrid” – Everett Philharmonic Orchestra
Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Date: October 6
The Everett Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2012-2013 season with “A Night in Madrid” featuring “Espana Rhapsody” by Emmanuel Chabrier, “Concierto de Aranjuez” for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo (with guitarist Michael Partington) and “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. See how this trio is blended together for an evening of entertainment. Come early for the welcome reception at 5:30 p.m.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033
Date: October 14
While the great Glenn Miller is gone, his music lives on through the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Come out to see this beloved group that has gained great popularity for performing at events. With the foundation of this orchestra dating back to 1956, it has tweaked its jazz sounds along the way, making it among the best live shows to date. Make a trip to the Kirkland Performance Center to see this talent in action. You’ll be happy you did.
“Firebird” – Cascade Symphony Orchestra
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020
Date: October 22
Cascade Symphony Orchestra, led by Michael Miropolsky, will kick off its 2012-2013 season with an evening of classical selections by Rossini (Overture to “The Barber of Seville”), Hummel (Trumpet Concerto in E flat major), Stravinsky (“Firebird Suite”) and Dvorak (Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88). An extra special feature will be that of David Gordon playing the trumpet. Gordon is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.
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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.