Music Director Thomas Dausgaard conducts Mahler’s tragic Sixth Symphony. Driven, bitter and sweet by turns, the music is haunted by echoes of a military march stalking through the symphony. Brief moments of nostalgia suggest hope might win — but in the end, Mahler revealed, three hammer-blows of fate fell the hero “like the stroke of an ax.”
Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.
Piemontesi nurtures a special artistic interest in chamber music and collaborates with a variety of distinguished partners. In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, and Vienna Konzerthaus. Francesco’s numerous festival performances include the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Austria’s unique Schubertiade Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.
Thomas Dausgaard’s position is generously underwritten as the Harriet Overton Stimson Music Director.