Celebrate Dance concert postponed

In light of the rapidly escalating public health concerns around the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Celebrate Dance concert has been postponed. Burmer Music hopes to reschedule the premiere but no date has been selected.

“We have to do what we can to protect those we care about and the population we come in contact with,”said Glenna Burmer, concert producer. “The live concert will be rescheduled for a time that all of us think is safe. I am extremely disappointed that we have to do this, but it is the only prudent course of action considering the health risk.”

The music for Celebrate Dance was recorded in the spring of 2020 before the recording studio, along with the rest of the state, was closed down due to the pandemic. Burmer Music will continue to oversee the mixing and mastering process and will release the CD to the public when completed. Check back for updates. You won’t want to miss this latest Burmer Music CD featuring seven sensational composers and all-original music celebrating Latino, Chicano and Cubano rhythms.

Two-day recording session for Celebrate Dance is a hit

A two-day recording session for the upcoming concert, Celebrate Dance, took place February 18 and 19 at Studio X.

“It was an amazing recording session,” said concert producer Glenna Burmer (right, in photo), with Tim Huling, conductor. “The concert is going to be sensational.”

Composers Nan Avant, Barry Dowsett, Eric Goetz, Maria Jose Felix and Lonnie Mardis joined Burmer and Huling in mid-February to hear their music performed by some of the Northwest’s most talented musicians.

Celebrate Dance premieres on April 25. This singular musical event features an evening of fun, food, dance and all-original music, along with choreography created just for this event. The concert celebrates the distinctive rhythms and sounds inspired by the rich traditions of Latin and Central American music.

Musicians at the recording session were: Mark Taylor, Kareem Kandi, Nathaniel Schleimer, Tony Grasso, Andy Omdahl, Gary Shutes, Milo Petersen, Jovino Santos Neto, Chuck Deardorf, Jeff Busch, Arturo Rodriguez, Susan Pascal, Tom Dziekonski, Allion Salvador, Jessica Jasper and Virginia Dziekonski.

Although the concert is sold out, CDs will be available for sale later this spring. Find out more or get added to our mailing list.


Celebrate Dance premieres April 25

Celebrate Dance premieres in two months! The April 25 concert offers music-lovers an evening of fun, food, dance and original music from seven award-winning composers: Nan Avant, Glenna Burmer, Barry Dowsett, Maria José Félix, Eric Goetz, Tim Huling and Lonnie Mardis.

Featuring the distinctive rhythms and sounds of Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Cuba and the Caribbean, this unique concert celebrates the beat of calypso, the passion of tango, a Brazilian samba, and a composition that is inspired by traditional Mexican folk music, plus more!

In addition to his Brazilian-inspired composition written just for Celebrate Dance, Huling will also conduct the orchestra that evening, featuring musicians hand-selected for this event. A product of Seattle’s esteemed jazz-education programs, Huling teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

One of the evening’s more fun moments is sure to be the snappy mambo written by Glenna Burmer. Its alternating C major and C minor variations on a theme and steady rhythmic drum-beat are sure to get people up out of their seats and snaking around the room in a conga line.

Many of the compositions will be interpreted through dance. Original dance choreography for this evening is provided by Jennifer Porter, formerly with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

This concert is sold out, but concert CDs will be available this spring. Join our mailing list so you’ll be first to know.





Celebrate Dance! New Burmer Music concert has Afro-Cubano-Latino beat

Composer and concert producer Glenna Burmer, president of Burmer Music, has an exciting new concert underway: Celebrate Dance. This world-premiere concert spotlights Afro-Cubano-Latino music. Think bossanova, tango, salsa, mambo, rumba, calypso and more.

As has become its signature style, concerts from Burmer Music feature innovative collaborations between composers and musicians that center on a theme. Each composition is created solely for the event, resulting in dynamic world-premiere performances.

For Celebrate Dance, which opens in early 2020, dance is added to the mix – but not just for the professionals. Audience participation is often part of a Burmer concert. In Celebrate Dance, expect a conga line set to the beat of original music and snaking around the concert hall venue.

The concert will include original music by top composers from both the Northwest and the East coast. Tim Huling of Boston, Mass., and Nan Avant of Seattle, are two of the composers already on board. Huling will also conduct an orchestra made up of Seattle musicians.

For Burmer, collaborating with fellow composers is an integral part of the production experience as well as a personal joy. “There are so few opportunities for composers to hear their own music performed live since many compose for film, video or the gaming industry,” she said. “My goal is to combine the finest composers with the most talented musicians and create a musical treasure for the audience as well as the musicians to enjoy.”

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