Press Release:


Press Release:

Tuesday, 3 November, 2015

Violinist Renaud Capuçon Returns to Solo in Brahms’ Violin Concerto in November

Soprano Jane Archibald, Baritone Nicolas Cavallier and the Seattle Symphony Chorale to Perform on the Fauré Requiem in December

Seattle Symphony Principal Harp Valerie Muzzolini Gordon Also Featured on December Program

Seattle -- Music Director Ludovic Morlot leads the Seattle Symphony in two momentous concert programs this and next month on Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season. On November 5–7, Georgian composer Giya Kancheli’s Nu.Mu.Zu will receive its North American premiere performance at Benaroya Hall. The piece, which means “I don’t know” in the Sumarian language, is a co-commission with the Belgian National Orchestra and received its world premiere performance last month at the BOZAR in Brussels. Also on the concert is Symphony No. 4 by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, and Brahms’ triumphant Violin Concerto featuring French violinist Renaud Capuçon.

On December 3, 5 and 6, Morlot will lead the Seattle Symphony in a richly colorful all-French program, featuring Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane featuring Seattle Symphony Principal Harp Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, Messiaen’s glorious Poèmes pour Mi featuring soprano Jane Archibald, and culminating with Fauré’s magnificent Requiem featuring Archibald, baritone Nicolas Cavallier and Seattle Symphony Chorale.

Concert tickets for all Masterworks Season programs start at $21 and can be purchased online at, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony's iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple's App Store or Android's App Store.



Brahms Violin Concerto
Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 6, at 12 p.m.
Saturday, November 7, at 8 p.m.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Renaud Capuçon, violin

Seattle Symphony 

MARTINŮ: Symphony No. 4

GIYA KANCHELI: Nu.Mu.Zu for Orchestra (N. American Premiere)
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto

Fauré Requiem
Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, at 2 p.m.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jane Archibald, soprano
Nicolas Cavallier, baritone
Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, harp
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony

DEBUSSY: Danses sacrée et profane
MESSIAEN: Poèmes pour Mi
FAURÉ: Requiem

Media Sponsor: Classical KING FM 98.1.

Performances of Fauré Requiem are sponsored by the Nesholm Family Foundation.

Jane Archibald and Nicolas Cavallier’s performances are generously underwritten by Dana and Ned Laird.

Valerie Muzzolini Gordon’s performances are generously underwritten by Sue & Robert Collett and Sheila B. Noonan & Peter M. Hartley.

About Ludovic Morlot

French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. During the 2015–2016 season Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will present a wide variety of works in concert and release several more recordings on the Orchestra’s label, Seattle Symphony Media. He was Chief Conductor of La Monnaie for three years (2012–2014). During this time he conducted several new productions and concert performances.

During the 2015–2016 season Morlot will return to the LA Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He has also conducted in Cleveland and Philadelphia and has particularly close relationships with the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. In Europe, Morlot will this season make his debut with the Geneva Camerata conducting a Homage to Ligeti and will also return to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden.  

Morlot studied conducting in London and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle.  

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, including John Luther Adams' recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received 18 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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