“Though the Seattle Symphony has established strong chamber-music and new-music series to showcase its musicians, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society often features local performers, there’s still room to expand performance opportunities for Seattle’s wealth of excellent artists,” writes Gavin Borchert in Wednesday’s (4/27) Seattle Times. “Sensing this need, Mary Ransdell launched The Seattle Series, closing its first season on May 6 with a recital by Seattle Symphony [principal] flutist Demarre McGill and Los Angeles-based Italian pianist Rodolfo Leone [at] the Women’s University Club…. Ransdell curates the programming just lightly enough to avoid repertory duplication, otherwise it’s the artists’ choice… ‘I wanted to find great and beautiful works by composers who in a different era may not have had opportunities,’ says McGill, namely gay composers and composers of color…. His May 6 recital will open with Valerie Coleman’s rhapsodic, rhythmically vibrant ‘Fanmi Imèn’ … and continue with songs by pioneering African American composer William Grant Still and sonatas by Lowell Liebermann and Yuko Uebayashi…. The Seattle Series’ 2022-23 season is already largely in place, with Ransdell bringing SSO concertmaster Noah Geller and first-chair cellist Efe Baltacigil … for an evening of piano quartets, and violinist Rachel Barton Pine.”