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LUDOVIC MORLOT LEADS THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY IN THREE DELTA AIR LINES MASTERWORKS SEASON CONCERTS IN JUNE

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Thursday, 2 June, 2016

U.S. Premiere of Anna Clyne’s New Work This Midnight Hour on June 9, 10 and 11

Major Symphonic Works Include Shostakovich Symphony No. 4, Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, Dvořák Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Artist in Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet Returns to Perform Gershwin and Ravel Piano Concertos


Photo credit: Brandon Patoc

Seattle, WA – Music Director Ludovic Morlot leads the Seattle Symphony in the final three Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season concerts in June.  On June 2 and 4 Morlot leads the orchestra in performances of Stravinsky’s spiritual Symphony of Psalms and Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 4.  The performances will feature the Northwest Boychoir and Men of the Seattle Symphony Chorale.

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns on June 5 to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. The concert also features Fauré’s Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”.

Morlot and the Symphony wrap up the Masterworks Season on June 9, 10 and 11 with a program featuring the U.S. premiere of Anna Clyne’s new work This Midnight Hour, a co-commission with l’Orchestre national d’Ile de France. The program also features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major and Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Gershwin’s jazzy Concerto in F.

Concert tickets can be purchased online at www.seattlesymphony.org, 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.

 

Program Details

DELTA AIR LINES MASTERWORKS SEASON
Shostakovich symphony no. 4


Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m.

 

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Northwest Boychoir

Men of the Seattle Symphony Chorale

Seattle Symphony

 

IGOR STRAVINSKY                             Symphony of Psalms

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR

SEATTLE SYMPHONY CHORALE

                                                                                                  

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH                   Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43                                                  

 

Stunning, visceral and profoundly spiritual, or as TIME Magazine called Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, “the best classical music composition of the 20th century.” Shostakovich’s overwhelming Symphony No. 4 is one of the composer’s boldest scores. A night of masterpieces!

This concert is underwritten by Dr. Susan Detweiler in loving memory of her husband, Dr. Alexander Clowes.

Thursday, June 2 performance sponsored by Foster Pepper.

Pre-concert Talk one hour prior to performance.

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

Tickets from $21.

DELTA AIR LINES MASTERWORKS SEASON
RAVEL PIANO CONCERTO


Sunday, June 5, 2016, at 2 p.m.

 

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Seattle Symphony 

 

GABRIEL FAURÉ         Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112

 

MAURICE RAVEL        Piano Concerto in G major

                                                JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, PIANO

 

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK    Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”

 

Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s performances are generously underwritten by Sheila B. Noonan and Peter M. Hartley.

 

Media Sponsor: Classical KING FM 98.1

 

Tickets from $21.

 

DELTA AIR LINES MASTERWORKS SEASON
GERSHWIN & BEETHOVEN


Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 10, at 12 noon

Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m.

 

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Seattle Symphony 

 

ANNA CLYNE                                       This Midnight Hour (U.S. Premiere)

 

GEORGE GERSHWIN                         Concerto in F

JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, PIANO

 

GEORGE GERSHWIN                         I Got Rhythm Variations for Piano and Orchestra

JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, PIANO

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN               Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

 

Energy abounds! Artist in Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet brings the vim and vigor of 1920s New York City to Benaroya Hall with Gershwin’s jazzy Concerto in F. Music Director Morlot leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s exhilarating Symphony No. 7.

Gershwin & Beethoven is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s performances are generously underwritten by Sheila B. Noonan and Peter M. Hartley through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.

Thursday, June 9 performance sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Speaker: Dr. Larry Starr, University of Washington Chair of Music History, Waters Endowed Professor, joined by composer Anna Clyne.

 

Tickets from $21.

 

About Ludovic Morlot

The French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony.  During the 2015–2016 season Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will continue to invite their audiences to “listen boldly,” presenting a wide variety of works in concert and releasing 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 New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras as well as NSO Washington. He will also conduct a subscription week with the Boston Symphony  Orchestra whom he has conducted regularly in Boston and Tanglewood and recently on a tour to the west coast of America. This relationship started in 2001 when he was the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the orchestra and their Music Director James Levine (2004–07).  Morlot has also conducted the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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.

Photo credit:  Lisa-Marie Mazzucco


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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