A co-presentation by Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum
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Wednesday, February 13, 7:30pm
Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
Hope Wechkin is a singer, violinist, and composer. She previews her one woman music and theatre piece about a hospital patient who faces down a stream of visitors bearing dour advice, dire predictions, and drastic schemes for healing. With a score influenced by Balkan and classical music, Wechkin delivers a virtuosic performance while simultaneously singing and playing the violin. The evening length show opens at ACT Theatre on Feb. 22, and features text and lyrics by Margaret Shafer. The production is directed by Cathy Madden.
Hope Wechkin is best known to Seattle audiences for innovative and virtuosic pairings of the voice and violin. A well-known interpreter of contemporary vocal literature, she has premiered many works by Northwest composers and is the soprano soloist with Affinity. In 2006 she performed George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children for Seattle Symphony's Made in America festival, and she has appeared with the Contemporary Opera Lab in Winnipeg, Canada. She has also appeared as a soloist with The Esoterics, the Pacific Chamber Ensemble, the Northwest Chorale, and others. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Washington School of Medicine, Ms. Wechkin has studied with Thomasa Eckert, Marianne Weltmann, and Nancy Zylstra in Seattle, and with Josephine Mongiardo in New York.