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The Seattle Series @ Grand Ballroom of the Women's University Club
Jun 29 – Sep 14 all-day

The Seattle Series

Announcing The Seattle Series, a new classical music experience with performances February 18, March 10, and May 6, 2022.

The Seattle Series is a chamber-festival-meets-recital series featuring ad hoc combinations of awe-inspiring artists performing together to create a magical moment in time. 

Presented by Mary C. Ransdell, long-time member of Seattle’s classical music community, The Seattle Series aims to create an intimate, accessible atmosphere that will be appreciated by music fans new and old. Ransdell previously served as artistic planning specialist for The Highlands Concert Series, which presented performers such as Benjamin Hochman, Elisa Barston, Mary Lynch, and Kristin Lee, among many others.

The Seattle Series, inspired by the hidden gem of world-class classical musicians right on Seattle’s doorstep, features unique programming:  Outstanding Seattle-based artists are given the opportunity to invite their colleagues from around the globe to join them for an exclusive collaboration, unavailable elsewhere. Audiences will witness passion, beauty, skill, energy—all exhibited in spades—for an inspiring, life-affirming experience.

For the 2022 season, Efe Baltacigil, Principal Cello, Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO), will be joined by New York-based pianist Anna Polonsky for the inaugural February 18th performance. On March 10th, Russian violinist, countertenor, and former SSO resident conductor Dmitry Sinkovsky will join SSO Assoc. Principal Cello Meeka Quan DiLorenzo and harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie. The season concludes on May 6th, with elite flutist Demarre McGill, Principal of the Seattle Symphony and touring soloist, who will be joined by a guest to be named later. th

“The breadth of Seattle’s musical talent is astonishing; I’m thrilled to showcase these artists and facilitate access to their music-making by Seattle-metro residents.” says Ransdell. “What is often overlooked about the classical genre is that it presents an opportunity to sit, relax, hear something beautiful, sometimes challenging, and always inspiring.  This series invites audience members to let these great musicians in our midst do the work while they simply enjoy.”

The Seattle Series is held in the intimate and inviting Grand Ballroom of the Women’s University Club, located on 6th Avenue at the corner of Spring Street in Seattle.

Tickets are on sale now at, ranging in price from a discounted youth rate of $40 to $65 for reserved seating. Subscription tickets are also available.

Friday, February 18th at 8pm
Efe Baltacigil with Anna Polonsky

Thursday, March 10th at 7:30pm
Dmitry Sinkovsky, Meeka Quan DiLorenzo and Jonathan Oddie

Friday, May 6th at 8pm
Demarre McGill with guest TBA

About Efe Baltacigil
Performing Feb. 18thPrincipal Cello of the Grammy-winning Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Turkey’s String Player of the Year, 2013, and awardee of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Baltacigil is lauded for his risk-taking, passionate performances that immediately capture the heart and imagination, reflected in the eight-hour sell-out of his recent solo recital with the Seattle Chamber Music Society.  Recipient of the Peter Jay Sharp Prize, the Washington Performing Arts Society Prize, and first prize in concerto competitions of Istanbul, New York, and the Schadt String Competition, Baltacigil experienced early acclaim as winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and is a graduate of Mimar Sinan University Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music.
About Anna Polonsky
Performing Feb. 18thAnna Polonsky made her solo piano debut at age seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy.  Recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, she received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of the renowned Peter Serkin and continued studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her master’s degree from the Juilliard School.  She has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, and Efe Baltacigil, as well as clarinetist David Shifrin and cellist Peter Wiley with whom she also performs as a trio.