Andre Feriante’s Annual Valentine’s Day Concert

Andre Feriante, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort © 2010, Michael Doucett
Andre Feriante, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort © 2010, Michael Doucett
Andre Feriante, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort © 2010, Michael Doucett
Andre Feriante, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort © 2010, Michael Doucett

In The Theater of Love

February 11, 2012     8:00 pm.

Benaroya Hall’s Nordstrom Recital Hall, with Guest Artists: Overton Berry, Jeff Davies, Swil Kanim, Steve Thoreson, Stella Rossi and Whitton

2012 marks the 14th year that guitar virtuoso Andre Feriante will host his annual Valentine’s Day Concert at Benaroya Hall’s Nordstrom Recital Hall. Reacting to 2011 news reports referencing the “The Theater of War” Andre puts his own spin on this powerful catch phrase by titling his 2012 concert, In the Theater of Love.

After 25 years of performing, this Seattle-based, award-winning, neo-flamenco/classical guitar virtuoso has left his musical mark on the classical, world music, and fusion scenes. His fans savor the soulful and seductive harmonies his music embodies and, in the spirit of other crossover artists like YoYo Ma or Sting, Andre’s performance program represents a bold but fluid musical fusion. Feriante will perform a musical mix of fiery flamenco, classical guitar standards and spoken poetry  in the style of Neruda and Rumi, set to his original compositions,  followed by a series of romantic favorites performed in the classical and jazz styles and a special tribute to his legendary mentor, Andres Segovia. This concert is all about romance, and his melded styles and multi-guitar format keep the evening lively and upbeat. Although soft and easy is definitely the theme, things will get a little spicy when Andre introduces his ukulele for some pieces off his newest album Novella Ukelele Mosaique.

Andre’s artistic path frequently crosses with other Seattle-based musicians. His annual Valentines concert affords these friends and fellow musicians the once-a-year opportunity to perform all together. This year’s concert includes: operatic tenor Steve Thoreson, piano legend Overton Berry violinist Swil Kanim, dancer Stella Rossi, vocalist Whitton, and bassist Jeff Davies. It is during the second act when Andre introduces this eclectic mix of musical professionals for an improvisational set sure to dazzle.

Andre Feriante In the Theater of Love is Saturday, February 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $40 and are on sale now through the Benaroya Hall Box Office, at 206.215.4747 or online at www.benaroyahall.org.,  Andre Feriante