- Wes Dyring with Mark Stone and Friends
- Link for viewing Music Beyond Borders video
- Seattle Symphony Presents Music Beyond Borders: Voices from the Seven
- Seattle Symphony recording wins Grammy
- The Score — Seattle Symphony December eNews
- Watch Leonardo da Vinci’s Musical Invention, the Viola Organista, Being Played for the Very First Time
- Seattle Symphony In the News – April 17, 2015
- Native Lands Project Potlatch Symphony Performance
- Sad news: percussionist Ron Johnson
If you missed seeing our Music Without Borders: Voices from the Seven concert live simulcast, go to http://www.seattlesymphony.org/beyond-borders/live-stream, and you can watch it there on the Seattle Symphony’s website. It was incredible – definitely one of the most important concerts we have played. This program was initiated by musicians in the orchestra and we also volunteered our time to do this!
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2017
SEATTLE SYMPHONY PRESENTS
MUSIC BEYOND BORDERS: VOICES FROM THE SEVEN
FREE Concert on February 8 with Program Drawn from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen
Seattle–The Seattle Symphony will present Music Beyond Borders: Voices From the Seven on February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium in Benaroya Hall. This FREE concert for the community will feature music drawn from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The community is invited to experience the rich and diverse musical heritage of these countries. The program is still being developed and will include as many of these seven countries as possible including works by Syrian-born Kinan Azmeh, Iraqi-born Rahim AlHaj and two Iranian-born composers, Gity Razaz and Alireza Motevaseli. These composers reside in the United States except for Motevaseli who lives in Iran.
“Our musicians and I are passionate about using our art form to create connections with others and celebrate the diversity of our community,” shared Music Director Ludovic Morlot. “Many of our musicians are immigrants themselves, so when they suggested we create a concert like this, we enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to bring the universal power of music to speak across boundaries and borders.”
President & CEO Simon Woods remarked, “During the past week, I’ve seen the arts community around the U.S. coming together in meaningful ways following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from certain countries. At the Seattle Symphony, inclusivity is a core value. We feel inspired to add our voice, with the hope that we can bring our community together to celebrate the freedom of expression and open exchange of ideas which the arts have always stood for, especially in times of division and conflict.”
Additional programming information will be posted on the event page on the Seattle Symphony website as it becomes available. The performance will be streamed live on the Seattle Symphony’s Facebook page.
Approximately one quarter of the Seattle Symphony’s musicians are immigrants.
The Seattle Symphony is a member of the League of American Orchestras, which has issued this statement on the executive order.
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, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.
Rosalie Contreras, Seattle Symphony Vice President of Communications, (206) 215-4782
Jennifer Rice, Interim Publicist, (206) 450-7054
Congratulations to violinist Augustin Hadelich for a Grammy Award!
On Monday the Seattle Symphony’s recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes, with violinist Augustin Hadelich won a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. This recording is part of a three-disc, multi-year recording project on Seattle Symphony Media, the orchestra’s in-house record label. Hadelich will return to the Seattle Symphony at the end of March to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
The disc features live performances of Symphony No. 2 and Métaboles, and was also nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album for the 2016 Grammys. The third and final recording, along with a commemorative box set of all three recordings, will be released later in August in commemoration of Dutilleux’s 100th anniversary.
Since the start of his tenure as Music Director, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony have embarked on an in-depth survey of orchestral works by Henri Dutilleux, both in concert and the recording studio. The first volume in this recording project, released in March 2014, was hailed by The New York Times as a “gorgeous, authoritative collection” and received three Grammy nominations in 2015 for Best Orchestral Performance, Best Classical Instrumental Solo by Xavier Phillips and Best Engineered Album.
Last year, the Symphony won their first-ever Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition with composer John Luther Adams for Become Ocean, which was commissioned and recorded by the Seattle Symphony and released on the Cantaloupe label.
The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades.
Listen to the Grammy-winning recording of L’arbre des songes by Henri Dutilleux with Augustin Hadelich, Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony.
CDs may be purchased at Symphonica, The Symphony Store, at Benaroya Hall. Digital downloads and CDs are available through iTunes and Amazon using the links below:
Posted on February 16, 2016
STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH MUSIC
Making music and art can be an incredibly healing experience, creating confidence and fostering connectedness in our community. Our community partner, Path with Art, uses art to transform the lives of our most vulnerable populations. This fall, we partnered with Path with Art and our Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, Trimpin, to create a musical contraption and composition for the instrument in an 8-week workshop. The participants gave a powerful and moving performance at Benaroya Hall on December 2. Click here for more info and photos, and click here to see TV coverage of the project on KOMO News.
TAYLOR SWIFT DONATES $50,000
Inspired by the Seattle Symphony’s recording of John Luther Adams’ stirring work Become Ocean, the international music star donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony to support the musicians of today and tomorrow. In her letter to Music Director Ludovic Morlot, Swift praised the beauty of the composition, the musicianship of the orchestra and reminisced about going to hear her local symphony with her grandmother.
A FUTURE WITHOUT VIOLENCE
In response to recent world events, the Seattle Symphony has released Giya Kancheli’s emotional work, Nu.Mu.Zu, for free streaming and download. The work conveys the composer’s struggle with comprehending violence and his hopes for a better future. The piece was recorded live at its U.S. premiere a week before the events in Paris and Beirut.
THREE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Congratulations to Ludovic Morlot, violinist Augustin Hadelich, our incredible musicians and recording engineer Dmitriy Lipay on their three Grammy nominations this year! The nominations, all for the second installment in a three-disc, multi-year recording project of the orchestral works of French composer Henri Dutilleux, include Best Orchestral Performance, Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Engineered Performance.
Watch Leonardo da Vinci’s Musical Invention, the Viola Organista, Being Played for the Very First Time
Oh my God … this music is so stunningly amazing! Tears are welling in my eyes listening to it! The sound to me is a cross between a viola da gamba and an organ, with the subtleties in expression and dynamics that a pipe organ inherently lacks – except for the swell stop. Of course, I know the Marais and the Boccherini performed below (click on the photo) – the latter I have performed many times. The Forqueray is a work I know intimately, as I have transcribed his gamba pieces for the viola. What glorious music, and this new/ancient instrument brings it across marvelously. I am really looking forward to hearing more about this!!!
IN THE NEWS
April 17, 2015
We recently launched a new, co-branded and co-curated KING FM Seattle Symphony Channel with a 24-hour streaming marathon on March 29 featuring live recordings from the recent Sibelius festival. See reports of this on Seattle Vanguard and Memeteria by Tom May. This new ongoing aspect of our partnership with KING FM is going to help us expand our reach nationally and internationally. The stream will continue to provide a variety of symphonic repertoire, infused with our point of view and conversations with our musicians and guest artists. Aside from the unique Sibelius 24-hour marathon, music used on the streaming channel will primarily be from commercially released recordings by the SSO and others. We’ll also have the opportunity for some of our interview and in-studio performance content to be served on demand. This channel is also available online through iHeartRadio, TuneIn, iTunes, or through the free KING FM smartphone app.
We have received overwhelming positive responses for the Sibelius Festival, here’s a look back in photos from the opening concert. The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, City Arts and Classical KING FM 98.1 previewed the festival, and KOMO Television ran an extended video feature covering the opening night. A feature, also ran in Finland’s largest newspaper, the Helsingin Sanomat. The Seattle Times reviewed all three weeks[week 1, week 2, week 3], and other excellent reviews came from national outlets across the country, including BachTrack and Classical Voice North America,which wrote:
“What remains lodged in the memory and heart…are the beauty of the Seattle Symphony’s playing, the depth and spiritual integrity of Dausgaard’s inquiry, and the rare privilege to appreciate Sibelius’ evolution as a composer and speaker of truth via the dedicated efforts of a single conductor and orchestra. The bravos were well-deserved.”
“In what has become a trademark of this conductor’s Sibelius, a thrilling focus on momentum, on accumulated energy, swept the proceedings forward, even amid the score’s occasionally puzzling silences – above all in the long accelerando of the finale.”
We recently gave our final Potlatch Symphony community performance. The three-year Native Lands Project started with the desire to build cultural understanding and respect through music between the Seattle Symphony and tribal nations in the Puget Sound region. Audience members were encouraged to bring their own drums and join in song and dance led by Native artists. Photos are here.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We recently participated in the social media video challenge, showcasing Link Up: Seattle Symphony, in order to support efforts of Cultural Access Washington to reach local public officials.
One of our top Facebook posts this month featured a photo of the orchestra and standing ovation on opening night of our Sibelius Festival. The post reached 11,396 people and generated 765 likes, comments and shares, both on our page and the pages it was shared to.
Longest. Standing ovation. Ever. Our Sibelius Festival is off to a grand start – bravo to Maestro Dausgaard and the orchestra!
ADDITIONAL PRESS COVERAGE
Eric Jensen, KOMO News
March 3, 2015
Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile
March 11, 2015
Seattle Symphony shows dedication to the diverse community [PDF attached]
Kelly Huang, Seattle Chinese Times
March 12, 2015
Seattle Times Reader, The Seattle Times
March 13, 2015
William Robin, WQXR
March 23, 2015
Bradley Winterton, Taipei Times
March 26, 2015
London Symphony Orchestra
Tom Keogh,The Seattle Times
March 29, 2015
Brangien Davis, Seattle Magazine
Queen Anne & Magnolia News
April 1, 2015
Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times
April 6, 2015
Hans Reul, BRF
April 8, 2016
Seattle Symphony to present mighty ‘Leningrad,’ dramatic Schnittke
Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times
April 10, 2015
The New York Times mentioned Ludovic Morlot among many other conductors who could be considered to lead the New York Philharmonic when Alan Gilbert steps down in 2017. Chief classical critic Anthony Tommasini described Ludovic as “an exciting and substantive musician. But he seems such a good fit for Seattle. Things are going so well for him and the orchestra and its audience.”
AND JUST FOR FUN…
In honor of The Seattle Times’ annual PEEPS contest, we created our own entry — Symphony No. 1 in Peep-flat Major. Other possible titles: Prokofiev’s Peeper & the Wolf, Chopin’s Peepano Concerto… We invited our social media followers to comment with their own “masterpeeps” titles and got dozens of hilarious responses. Check them out on our Facebook page!