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The Evergreen State College Traveling Seminar Series Presents

musical score imageWelcome Winter with a Musical Celebration

December 8, 2011, Seattle, WA

A Concert Featuring 

  • Cyndia Sieden '76 
  • Judith Cohen '79 
  • Andrew Buchman, Evergreen Faculty Member 

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Programs and the Evergreen Alumni Association

Program Overview

Opera star Cyndia Sieden '76, concert pianist Judith Cohen '79 and Evergreen Faculty Member Andrew Buchman herald the winter season with an evening of music and fellowship. Cyndia will present a short program of selected opera arias and songs by various composers including Schubert, Strauss, Gershwin, and Evergreen alumnus, Greg Youtz. Judith will perform a variety of short solo piano pieces. Andrew will perform his original piano solo dedicated to the beloved Evergreen Faculty Member Emeritus, Bill Winden.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

7:00–8:00 pm Reception
8:00–10:00 pm Recital
Women’s University Club, 1105 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
$50 per person
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cyndia siedenCyndia Sieden '76
Acclaimed coloratura soprano Cyndia Sieden ‘76 is renowned for her extraordinary vocal facility and interpretations of Baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire. Sieden has performed at most of the world’s greatest opera houses and sung with many of the most prestigious symphony orchestras, in London, Salzburg, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney and New York. She first became known as a preeminent interpreter of Mozart and Strauss and she was hailed for her high-flying role as Ariel in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest and for her Metropolitan Opera debut as Alban Berg’s Lulu. Her performance as The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute prompted The New York Times to pronounce that she “executed her crucial high notes with pyrotechnic skill.”

Hear Sieden as The Queen of the Night.

Judith Cohen '79
judith cohen
Concert pianist Judith Cohen ‘79 began playing the piano at the age of five, and studied at the Chicago Musical College until she was 18. She won first prize in the 1984 Pacific International Piano Competition, prompting jury chairman Bela Nagy to call her “one of the five best pianists I have heard in the last 15 years.” Since 1989, Cohen has served as the artistic director of the Governor’s Chamber Music Series, planning and performing in chamber music concerts throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has also appeared as a soloist with various orchestras in the region, performing concerts by Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and others. Cohen made her international debut in Mexico under the sponsorship of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and her European debut in 2002, performing two solo recitals in Budapest, Hungary. 

Learn more about Judith Cohen

andy buchman

Andrew Buchman, Faculty Member,
The Evergreen State College
Andrew Buchman has taught at The Evergreen State College since 1986, alternating between programs for upper-division musicians and singers/songwriters, Chinese Studies programs and interdisciplinary experiments. Buchman began studying music at the age of six in a little neighborhood music school on New York's Upper West Side founded by students of the iconoclastic Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker. As a student at Evergreen, he studied history and journalism with York Wong and Sandra Simon (among others), and he had a radio show on KAOS. He earned his doctorate in music composition at the University of Washington, where he also studied jazz, Irish song and free improvisation. His compositions have been performed across the country, and he has published essays on Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky and “Music Man” composer Meredith Willson.

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The goal of the Traveling Seminar Series is to bring together members of the extended Evergreen community to rekindle the joy of intellectual exploration.