Sasha Cooke to Headline Music of Remembrance March Concert

By David Salazar

Famed mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke will appear at an upcoming concert presented by Music of Remembrance scheduled for March 19, 2023.

The mezzo will perform Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Intonations: Songs from Violins of Hope.” She will appear alongside solo violinist Mikhail Shmidt, youth violinist Zoe Lonsinger. Other instrumentalists performing on this piece include violinists Artur Girsky and Elizabeth Phelps as well as violist Susan Gulkis Assadi, and cellist Walter Gray.

“The violins bore witness to heartbreak and horrible atrocity,” said Music of Remembrance artistic director Mina Miller in an official press statement, “and yet they represent belief in a future where music, life and beauty endure. Each of the instruments has its own story to tell, but together they call out to us: ‘We were played by proud people.’”

Additionally, the concert, which will take place at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, will also feature Joel Engel’s “The Dybbuk Suite” and Karl Weigl’s “Intermezzo for String Quintet, ‘ Revelation.’”