Sound Salon’s 2023-2024 Season Opening Concert: Baroque Meets Karuk 

Baroque Meets Karuk Sunday October 1, 2023

Sound Salon’s new season of joyful and intimate music begins on October 1, 2023 with a unique and exciting concert Baroque Meet Karuk. This season features familiar artists and works alongside new discoveries, bringing 21st-century perspectives to artistically excellent ensemble music. Baroque Meets Karuk presents 17th century music for strings and harpsichord, highlighting the connections between Spain, Italy, Austria and the colonization of Turtle Island (now known as the North American continent.) A string ensemble led by Anna Okada performs works by Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde, Andrea Falconieri, and Isabella Leonarda, alongside music from the Karuk tradition of the Pacific Coast, gifted by violist and Karuk tribal member Breana McCullough. 

Baroque Meets Karuk begins at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 1, 2023, in Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle WA. Season subscription tickets are now available for Sound Salon’s in-person concert series, with Regular Price Seats for $154, and $138 for Seniors. Single tickets for Baroque Meets Karuk are also available, at $48 for Regular Price, $43 for Seniors, and $10 for Youth and Students with ID. Large groups, such as classrooms, music studios, or community centers please contact to coordinate youth and chaperone ticket discounts / group seating. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with concessions available in the Bill and Melinda Gates Lobby starting at 6:00 PM. Parking can be pre-purchase with tickets, or at the door for Benaroya Hall’s underground parking garage located off Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Sound Transit LightLink Rail, University Street Station is located directly under Benaroya Hall with exit A2 immediately adjacent to Hall lobby doors.

Tickets available from the Benaroya Hall Box Office  
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM Saturday 1 PM – 6 PM
P: (206) 215-4747 

Artistic Director, Byron Schenkman, observes about this unique concert; “I love how this program juxtaposes some of my favorite early Baroque works with music from the Karuk tradition, exploring ways these different types of music inform and relate to one another. The music is fun, festive, often playful, and at times profound. A Baroque depiction of a fencing school is paired with a Karuk depiction of yellowjackets at a picnic; and an English version of a chaconne— a dance with Indigenous origins— leads to a Karuk song about how we can all be weavers, working together to heal the world.” 

Sound Salon is happy to present Breana McCullough, Karuk violist and scholar of both 17th-century European and traditional Karuk performance practices for this program: “When I visualize the incorporation of Indigenous music into the realm of art music, I think of the dialogues, histories, and rich perspectives that happened during the intersections of musical exchange. Karuk songs are understood to be a direct line and connection to our Ikxaréeyav, or Spirit People. When I hear these songs, I think of the stories that accompany them, the people gathering materials for their baskets, and the histories that are passed down through them. Our songs are recognized as beings and are held by their original creators and families unless they are shared as a gift. These songs were gifted by my teacher to her students and are now gifted here as an opportunity to learn, grow, and celebrate a small window into Karuk worldviews.”  

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Sound Salon (formerly Byron Schenkman & Friends) brings a diverse set of 21st-century perspectives to artistically excellent ensemble music, inspired by European traditions of the 17th through 19th centuries. The name Sound Salon expresses the music organization’s surroundings, its purpose, and its community.  

Sound Salon is a 501c3 non-profit supported by donors. Grantors include Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, ArtsFund, Arts WA, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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