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Daily Briefing

Daily Briefing

Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services

Price recitals

Diva Leontyne Price will sing one of the five recitals in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra's 1994-'95 Distinguished Artist Series, the symphony announced yesterday.

Price will perform Feb. 15, 1995. Also on the expanded series for next season are violinist/conductor Shlomo Mintz and the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Oct. 16, 1994); guitarist Christopher Parkening (March 9, 1995); violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman (April 2, 1995); and the Labeque Sisters piano duo (April 12, 1995).

The symphony also announced details of next season's "Musically Speaking" series, created by music director Gerard Schwarz 10 seasons ago. Composers, including David Diamond, will provide new-music perspectives in two of the programs. Schwarz will be conductor and commentator for five of the six Sunday afternoon concerts, beginning Sept. 25 with "Practical Jokes and Solutions."

Subsequent "Musically Speaking" programs include: "Tradition and Rebellion: Tchaikovsky and Roussel," with Schwarz (Oct. 9); "The Russian Romantics," with Schwarz (Nov. 6); "Imagery and Poetry," with guest conductor Maximiano Valdes (Feb. 5, 1995); "What Makes a Classic," with Schwarz and composer Daniel Brewbaker (March 5, 1995); and "Premieres in Perspective," with Schwarz and composer David Diamond (May 14, 1995).

Current subscribers to these series may renew immediately; full and partial series packages are available. Prices start at $46.50 and go to $225, depending on seating and number of concerts. Single tickets to individual performances go on sale in mid-August. For information about these and other symphony programs, call 443-4747.

Out of town

Seattle tenor Melvyn Poll was heard last weekend in Carnegie Hall (his third appearance there) as one of the four vocal soloists of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, with the New York Chamber Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz. The concert is part of a season-long Beethoven symphonic cycle, the first to be given by an American chamber orchestra.

Jun Liang Du, a member of the Seattle Symphony's first violin section, appeared as a soloist in two Beijing concerts last month, as part of a cultural exchange program begun here at the Federal Way Philharmonic (Brian Davenport, conductor). The performances were Du's first return to mainland China since his family left for Hong Kong when he was 14; he joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986.

`Tous les matins' concert

Margriet Tindemans, viola da gamba, will join soprano Nancy Zylstra and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman in a concert inspired by "Tous les matins du monde," the movie about the famous viol players, Marais and Ste. Colombe, with music from 17th- and 18th-century France.

The concert, set for Saturday at 8 p.m. in Queen Anne United Presbyterian Church, 414 W. Howe St., is sponsored by the Early Music Guild (325-7066). - Melinda Bargreen

Intiman season

After much rumor and revision, Intiman Theater is finally committing to a 1994 season of plays that will run from May through December.

The opener, to be staged by artistic director Warner Shook, is still a toss-up between two American classics: Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" or "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.

More certain are the attractions that follow: the Seattle premiere of Athol Fugard's "Playland," directed by Victor Pappas; Noel Coward's comedy "Hay Fever," mounted by Edward Payson Call; the local debut of Pearl Cleage's "Flyin' West," staged by Jackie Moscou; and Warner Shook's much-awaited Northwest production of "Millennium Approaches," the first half of Tony Kushner's two-part epic, "Angels in America." (Part 2, "Perestroika," will open Intiman's 1995 season.)

The roster ends with a holiday reprise of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan." Details: 624-2992.

Another gift for the Rep

The Seattle Repertory Theatre is receiving another $500,000 toward building a new second stage, thanks to a challenge grant from the Kreielsheimercq Foundation.

According to Kreielsheimer co-trustee Donald L. Johnson, the foundation bestowed the gift "in recognition of the outstanding contributions the Seattle Repertory Theatre (has) made to this community since the inception of the theater 30 years ago." The foundation also has supported other major Seattle cultural institutions, including Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Art Museum, with large capital grants.

The $500,000 donation swells the Rep's building fund to $5.2 million, about $3 million short of what is needed to erect a 275-seat playhouse adjacent to the mainstage Bagley Wright Theatre. To take advantage of the gift, the Rep must match it by raising another $1.5 million in donations.

The company hopes to break ground on the project late this year and to inaugurate the new theater in the fall of 1995. - Misha Berson

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