World-premiere performances and critical acclaim
Burmer Music productions have showcased the finest musicians, choreographers, composers and dancers in the Pacific Northwest, and have won both media acclaim and awards including two Independent Music Vox Populi Awards. The company has produced four contemporary classical CDs and DVDs available for sale.
Burmer’s first concert, “Symphonic Stories,” grew from an unlikely beginning. In March 2011, Glenna Burmer was in Japan when the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck. As a musician, she turned to music to express her feelings, and the symphonic result was “Love Song of the Japanese Cranes.” At a loss for how to bring this music to the public, she invited other composers to create short works that also told a story.
Each composer rose to the challenge, combining dynamic personal styles with highly imaginative narratives. The world-premiere concert of “Symphonic Stories” at Benaroya Hall was critically acclaimed, and proceeds from ticket sales benefited the musicians of Sendai, Japan, who had lost everything in the disaster.
Commissioning original music written specifically for the concert event is the hallmark of Burmer Music productions. From the initial idea to the final performance, each concert or ballet represents several years of preparation by composers, soloists, dancers and musicians, culminating in critically acclaimed world-premiere performances that are enjoyable and accessible to audiences of all ages.
- Symphonic Stories (2012): Telling personal, compelling and imaginative stories through music.
- Celebrate World Music! (2013): Highlighting instruments and rhythms from around the globe.
- Dante’s Inferno (2014): A full original ballet combining evocative music and dazzling choreography.
- Origins: Life and the Universe (2015): Rich melodic compositions showcasing the intersection of music, science and art.