Tonight in Music: Yann Tiersen, Plus Seattle Men's Chorus
by Kyle Fleck
on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM
THE ELEGANT MELANCHOLY OF YANN TIERSEN
(Neumos) Were you one of the millions whose trousers got charmed off while watching the 2001 film Amélie? Then you likely recall the score by one Yann Tiersen, the French composer whose festive, lilting themes on accordion, harpsichord, toy piano, and other non-rock instruments fortuitously soundtracked the title character’s whimsical adventures (most of the pieces were collated from earlier Tiersen recordings). That huge exposure made Tiersen a global star, and he’s gone on to cut four more albums, including this year’s ∞ (Infinity, if you’re nasty). It’s a rich, orchestral collection that has a patina of high European culture spread lightly over everything. ∞ is a bit more elevated, delicate, and precious than 2011’s Skyline, which soared in the same slate-gray skies as Coldplay and lesser, later Sigur Rós works. Whatever the case, Neumos should sell some damn croissants at this show. DAVE SEGAL See event info »
SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS REPRISES "FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN"
(Paramount) Seattle Men's Chorus is going on a tour of Deutschland! This concert kicks it off by reprising the popular 2011 concert "Falling in Love Again," including For a Look or a Touch, the one-act opera about gay lovers torn apart by the Holocaust by Jake Heggie and Gene Scherer. For balance, the second half brings freedom songs, gay camp and comedy, and American folk songs and spirituals sung a cappella. JEN GRAVES See event info »