Press Release:


Press Release:

Tuesday, 23 February, 2016

Composer and Conductor John Adams Conducts West Coast Premiere of His Own Scheherazade.2 Featuring Violinist Leila Josefowicz March 17 and 19

Grammy Award-Winning Augustin Hadelich to Perform Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto March 24–26

Conductor Jesús López-Cobos to Lead the Seattle Symphony in Concert March 24–26

Igudesman & Joo Return for a One-Night-Only Performance March 3

Photo credit (L to R): Margarett Mitchell, Chris Lee, Luca Valenta, Javier del Real, photo courtesy of the artist

Seattle, WA – A highlight of the 2015–2016 season is the appearance of composer and conductor John Adams, who will conduct the West Coast premiere of his own poignant and captivating composition, Scheherazade.2 featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz on March 17 and 19. Written for Josefowicz, Scheherazade.2 was premiered by the New York Philharmonic last year, and received a rave review in The New York Times. Also on the program is Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 3 in C minor and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” The Elgar and John Adams will also be featured on the shorter and informal Untuxed concert on March 18. 

The following week on March 24–26, guest conductor Jesús López-Cobos leads the Seattle Symphony in performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic poem Scheherazade and Glinka’s Summer Night in Madrid. Violinist Augustin Hadelich, who recently won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his performance of Henri Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes on Seattle Symphony Media, returns to perform Tchaikovsky’s timeless Violin Concerto.

Early in the month, musicians Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo return to Seattle with their offbeat and hilarious theatrical show. On March 3, Igudesman & Joo will give a one-night-only performance mingling comedy, classical music and popular culture into a unique evening.



Igudesman & Joo with the Seattle Symphony

Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Igudesman & Joo

Seattle Symphony

Tickets from $26


Respighi Pines of Rome

Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 8 p.m.

John Adams, conductor

Leila Josefowicz, violin

Seattle Symphony

JOHN ADAMS: Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra

EDWARD ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 3 in C minor, Op. 39

OTTORINO RESPIGHI: Pini di Roma (“Pines of Rome”)

Arguably America’s greatest living composer, John Adams returns to Seattle to conduct his newest violin concerto with violinist Leila Josefowicz. The sonic exploration continues with Respighi’s “Pines of Rome, one of the most spectacular displays of orchestral color ever composed.

Media Sponsor: Classical KING FM 98.1

Tickets from $21


Friday, March 18, 2016, at 7 p.m.

John Adams, conductor

Leila Josefowicz, violin

Jonathan Green, host

Seattle Symphony

EDWARD ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 3 in C minor, Op. 39

JOHN ADAMS: Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra

The fluid music of John Adams’ Scheherezade.2 is as seductive as its namesake — the heroine of The Arabian Nights — but this modern spin on the tale addresses our current reality, invoking the irrepressible power of women and the wonder of the divine feminine. Elgar’s Military March No. 3, still relevant after more than a century, challenges us to consider how society approaches war.

This shorter, no-intermission Untuxed concert presents a low-stress way to begin your weekend.

Ask the Artist to follow the concert. Free with ticket purchase.

Media Sponsors: Classical KING FM 98.1, KCTS 9



Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 12 noon

Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Jesús López-Cobos, conductor

Augustin Hadelich, violin

Seattle Symphony

MIKHAIL GLINKA: Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture No. 2)

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35


Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, one of the most evocative works in classical music, are twinned in this all-Russian program featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance.

Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Both events free with ticket purchase.

Performances sponsored by Seattle Symphony GiveBIG supporters.
Augustin Hadelich’s performances are generously underwritten by Muriel Van Housen and Tom McQuaid through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.


About the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

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