Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker and author of the hugely entertaining and informative bestseller The Rest Is Noise, comes to Seattle on October 12 to lead his audience through a whirlwind history of music as told through bass lines. In an audio-rich lecture based on a chapter of his follow-up book, Listen to This, Ross shows how lusty Spanish dances were transformed into somber masterpieces of Purcell, Bach, and Fats Waller; he also explores the fascinating link between figures of lament in Eastern European folk music, Renaissance Masses, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and the songs of Bob Dylan. Billed as "an extraordinary tale of the interconnectedness of musical language and the universality of human emotion," this should be great.
At Town Hall Seattle, Tuesday October 12th, at 7:30. Tickets are just $5 and available here.