7:00 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2024, Illsely Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle WA.

Sweeter than Roses, Sunday February 11, 2024

Join Sound Salon for English Baroque love songs for voice, oboe, viol, and harpsichord in “Sweeter than Roses” 7:00 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2024, Illsely Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Featuring soprano Grace Srinivasan and baroque oboist Pablo O’Connell, with Adaiha MacAdam-Somer on viol and Byron Schenkman on harpsichord. Music by Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Elisabetta Gambarini, and Ignatius Sancho.  

Tickets available from the Benaroya Hall Box Office 
Online: https://www.seattlesymphony.org/en/benaroyahall/bh-calendar/2023-2024/23soundsalon3
Phone: (206) 215 -4747 
Email: tickets@seattlesymphony.org 

This February 11th, embark on a musical journey through the heart of English Baroque music. Our program brings together the titans of the era, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel, alongside their esteemed contemporaries and associates. Enjoy the brilliance of Handel in a sonata for oboe and continuo. Delve into the works of Elisabetta de Gambarini, a vocalist of Handel’s who was also a composer in her own right. Discover the music of John Stanley, a church organist who was blind, so he directed Handel’s oratorios from memory. Tour through three composers’ settings of texts written by William Shakespeare, with Thomas Arne’s “Come away death”, Ignatius Sancho’s “Sweetest Bard” and Henry Purcell’s “Sweeter than Roses.” 

Soprano Grace Srinivasan and baroque oboist Pablo O’Connell both make their Seattle debut with Sound Salon in “Sweeter than Roses.”  

Grace Srinivasan joins Sound Salon from the Washington D.C. area where she has sung with the Washington (D.C.) Bach Consort, Cantate Chamber Singers, Cathedra, and is a cantor at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church and section leader at Temple Sinai. New York based oboist  

Pablo O’Connell is in high demand as an early musician performing regularly with Trinity Wall St. Baroque Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, and New York Baroque Incorporated. 

Artistic Director and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman remarks “I look forward to introducing our audiences to some exciting new performers and wonderful Baroque repertoire.” 

Single tickets are available at $48 for regular price seats, $43 for seniors, and $10 for youth and students with ID. Hall doors open at 6:30 pm, with concession available in lobby starting at 6:00 PM. Benaroya Hall is easily accessible via Public Transit. Parking can also be pre-purchased with tickets, or at the door. 

This concert is not just a historical exploration; it’s a testament to the enduring power of English Baroque music. Prepare to be swept away by its passion, its elegance, and its timeless beauty. 

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate the genius of England’s Baroque masters! 

To learn more about the Sweeter than Roses online concert please visit https://soundsalonmusic.org/sweeter-than-roses/   


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 organization, supported by donors. Grantors include Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, ArtsFund, Arts WA, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Discover more about these programs, join the community, and find an online archive of music at www.SoundSalonMusic.org