The season lineup is huge—dozens upon dozens of concerts and events (Bill Cosby is coming, y'all)—so I've pasted the full release on the jump. But the highlights are:
1. A new series called [untitled], of late-night contemporary music in the lobby at Benaroya Hall. There are three of these concerts; they start at 10 pm on Fridays. The first, in October, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in Seattle with pieces composed in 1962, including Ligeti's Poeme symphonique for 100 metronomes (!). This same program also celebrates the 100th birthday of John Cage with his Variations III. In February, Schoenberg gets the spotlight, with his Pierrot Lunaire plus chamber works by Jörg Widmann and Daniel Schnyder. And the final concert of the series features three world premieres by Seattle Symphony principals Ben Hausmann, Jordan Anderson, and Seth Krimsky, along with works by Anna Clyne and Chinary Ung.
2. The premiere of a John Luther Adams work called Beyond Ocean, which Seattle Symphony will then premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
3. A repeat of Sonic Evolutions, the evening of classical music inspired by local non-classical musicians. This year, the non-classicals were Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana. Next year, they're Alice in Chains, Blue Scholars, and Yes (no, Yes is not local, but it does have a local connection; and symphony players will be joined by Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs).
THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY AND MUSIC DIRECTOR
LUDOVIC MORLOT ANNOUNCE 2012–2013 SEASON
Innovation, Premieres, World-Class Artists and Classic Repertoire
Come Together in Morlot’s Hallmark Second Season
Alexander Velinzon Appointed New Seattle Symphony Concertmaster
Ludovic Morlot to Conduct 10 Wyckoff Masterworks Season Programs, including the First Seattle Symphony Performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony and Britten’s War Requiem
Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell to Join Morlot for Opening Night Concert & Gala with
All-American Program of Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland
Seattle Symphony and Morlot to Give World Premiere of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean in June, 2013 and perform it again at Carnegie Hall in May, 2014
Additional World Premieres by Dai Fujikura, Alexandra Gardner, Ken Hesketh and Arlene Sierra
U.S. Premiere by Pascal Zavaro
Four Award-Winning Young Pianists Perform the Rachmaninov Concertos with Ludovic Morlot
Sonic Evolution to Include Appearance by Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, Plus World Premieres Inspired by Alice in Chains, Blue Scholars and Yes
New Late-Night Series, [untitled], Features Informal Contemporary Music Performances in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby
Friday Night Rush Hour Series Recast as Symphony Untuxed:
Shorter Performances with Pre- and Post-concert Events Welcome New Audiences
Morlot to Conduct Celebrate Asia in January 2013
Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz Leads Four “Russian Spectacular” Concerts Featuring Vladimir Feltsman, Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Music by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich
Magnificent Array of Guest Conductors, Guest Artists
Conductors: Debuts include David Afkham, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Andrey Boreyko, Matthew Halls and Thomas Søndergård; returning conductors are John Adams, Douglas Boyd, Michael Francis, HK Gruber, Jakub Hrůša, Neeme Järvi, Christian Knapp, Jun Märkl, Steven Reineke, Stephen Stubbs, Jeff Tyzik and Xian Zhang
Soloists: include violinists Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Gluzman, Alina Ibragimova, Sergey Khachatryan and Arabella Steinbacher; pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Vladimir Feltsman, Louis Lortie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Cédric Tiberghien; violist Maxim Rysanov; cellists Gautier Capuçon and Julian Schwarz; harpsichordist Rinaldo Alessandrini; sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian and Christine Brewer
Seattle Symphony Musicians Featured in Solo Appearance with the Orchestra:
Emma McGrath, Elisa Barston, Efe Balticıgil, Demarre McGill, David Gordon and Michael A. Werner
Seattle, WA – Music Director Ludovic Morlot today announced a stellar 2012–2013 Seattle Symphony season that features major works of the Classical and Romantic repertoire, a stunning array of guest artists and conductors, and inventive programming to excite current audiences and attract new attendees. Morlot will lead 10 of the Orchestra’s core 21-concert Wyckoff Masterworks Season programs, including the world premiere of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean in June 2013. Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will perform the work again as a New York premiere at Carnegie Hall in May 2014.
Morlot also announced the appointment of Alexander Velinzon as the Seattle Symphony’s David & Amy Fulton Concertmaster (see separate release). Velinzon currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2005. He will begin his new role in Seattle in June 2012. Velinzon succeeds Maria Larionoff, who stepped down as concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony in June 2011.
Commenting on the season, Morlot shared, "The 2012–2013 season is a continuation of our pioneering musical journey: first-ever Seattle Symphony performances of two incredible works — Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony and Britten's War Requiem — and the introduction of [untitled], a new contemporary concert series set in the beautiful Grand Lobby of Benaroya Hall. Meanwhile, our Wyckoff Masterworks Season offers many opportunities to hear with fresh ears the powerful stories told by an outstanding lineup of international soloists, conductors and our superb Orchestra, from the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler to the concertos of Shostakovich, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. I invite everyone — young and old, newcomers and regulars — to join us on this exciting trip."
Simon Woods, Seattle Symphony Executive Director, added, “This is a simply sensational season. The roster of guest artists coming in 2012-2013 is the equal of any orchestra in North America, and a tribute to the esteem in which our new music director is regarded worldwide. The programing is inspiring, innovative and stimulating, and with a big emphasis on informality and accessibility. I’m certain that we will continue our trend of bringing new audiences to Benaroya Hall to hear the Pacific Northwest treasure that is the Seattle Symphony. And, with the promise of a Carnegie Hall appearance in 2014, today’s announcement is yet another exciting validation of the tremendous energy that we and so many others are experiencing under Ludovic Morlot’s leadership.”
In 2012–2013, the Symphony will present several non-subscription Special Performances, including appearances by violinist Itzhak Perlman and comedian Bill Cosby; a return of the popular Celebrate Asia program; and sister orchestras to the north and south — the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony. Morlot will lead a special January festival of Rachmaninov piano concertos featuring four talented, award-winning young artists, and Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz will conduct four programs in a “Russian Spectacular” event in May, featuring music by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. An all-American Opening Night Concert & Gala is planned for Saturday, September 15, featuring one of Seattle’s favorite violin virtuosos, Joshua Bell, and a program of music by Gershwin, Bernstein and Copland. The Symphony will also present a variety of holiday concerts, including the traditional performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, and Handel’s Messiah, conducted by early music specialist Stephen Stubbs.
In an effort to streamline its offerings, the Seattle Symphony will no longer present the three-concert Symphony Specials or Around the World packages, although similar programs will be presented as stand-alone, non-subscription concerts. Additionally, the Visiting Orchestras series will be discontinued as a three-concert series. Orchestras on tour will be presented on an individual basis in the future.
The appealing Seattle Pops series continues with five programs of music from the big band era to today; two programs will be led by Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch.
WYCKOFF MASTERWORKS SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Music Director Ludovic Morlot will lead the Seattle Symphony in 10 of the Masterworks Season’s 21-week schedule, opening the series in September with a performance of Respighi’s The Pines of Rome. In October, he presents a program that features a collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and a world premiere by composer Dai Fujikura. Other programs include Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Emanuel Ax as well as Dutilleux’s The Shadows of Time in mid-November; Berg’s Violin Concerto with violinist Veronika Eberle and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in late November; Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Nicholas Angelich in early February; and a romantically-themed program of music by Fauré, Mozart, Ravel and Szymanowski with soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and pianist Cédric Tiberghien in mid-February.
For the first time in its history, the Seattle Symphony will present Messiaen’s monumental and extravagantly sensual Turangalîla Symphony in January under Morlot with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Cynthia Millar on the ondes martenot. The program includes a pre-concert performance by a gamelan orchestra in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby and a special educational presentation during the first part of the concert, with selections performed by the Orchestra and explanations by Morlot and Thibaudet.
Morlot concludes the Wyckoff Masterworks season with three programs in June, beginning with Britten’s War Requiem with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Pro Musica, and featured soloists soprano Christine Brewer, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and baritone Ivan Ludlow. This performance celebrates the centenary year of the composer’s birth. The middle of the month sees the world premiere of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, the composer’s first major orchestral work, on a program with Sergey Khachatryan performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The season concludes with Morlot leading the Orchestra in Saint-Saëns’ mighty “Organ” Symphony as well as works by Richard Wagner.
Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz will lead the Orchestra in a mid-April Masterworks season performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, “Romantic,” and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 with Garrick Ohlsson.
Distinguished Guest Conductors on the Wyckoff Masterworks Season
The Seattle Symphony welcomes 10 guest conductors to the Benaroya Hall stage for Wyckoff Masterworks Season performances in 2012–2013. Composer/conductors HK Gruber and John Adams both return to Seattle to lead programs that include their own works; HK Gruber will conduct Rough Music featuring Principal Percussion Michael A. Werner in April, and John Adams will conduct his early masterpiece Harmonielehre in November. Eminent conductor Neeme Järvi, beloved by audiences the world over, will present an all-Russian program in early November that includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Arabella Steinbacher. Other returning conductors include Michael Francis, who will lead Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with violinist Vadim Gluzman, as well as music by Tippett and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations; Xian Zhang, who conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and a U.S. premiere by Pascal Zavaro, as well as Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Hilary Hahn; Jun Märkl and a program of Stravinsky, Mozart, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Louis Lortie; and Jakub Hrůša leading Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Alina Ibragimova.
Conductors making their Seattle Symphony debut on Wyckoff Masterworks Season concerts include Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, who leads Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Sibelius’ First Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring Seattle Symphony principal cellist Efe Baltacıgil; Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko with a program of Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake, Kancheli’s Styx and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade; and rising-star conductor David Afkham. Afkham will be joined on stage in Seattle by cellist Gautier Capuçon for Britten’s Cello Symphony, and will also lead the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture.
Guest Artists Debuts on the Wyckoff Masterworks Season
Guest artists making their Seattle Symphony debut on the 2012–2013 Wyckoff Masterworks Season are violinists Arabella Steinbacher performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; Alina Ibramigova performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; Veronika Eberle performing Berg’s Violin Concerto; Sergey Khachatyran performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto; violist Maxim Rysanov performing Kancheli’s Styx; pianists Cédric Tiberghien performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 4; Jonathan Biss performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5; and Nicholas Angelich performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto; Cynthia Millar on the ondes martenot, performing in Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony; sopranos Donatienne Michel-Dansac performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4; Isabel Bayrakdarian performing Fauré’s Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande and Ravel’s Shéhérazade; and Christine Brewer performing Britten’s War Requiem; and baritone Ivan Ludlow, also performing in the War Requiem. Violinist Hilary Hahn and cellist Gautier Capuçon, both of whom recently appeared in recital at Benaroya Hall, will be making their Masterworks Season debuts with the Orchestra. Hahn will perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Capuçon will perform Britten’s Cello Symphony. The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) also makes its Wyckoff Masterworks Season debut performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, K. 297b and a world premiere of Mina by Dai Fujikura.
Two Seattle Symphony Principal Musicians will make their Wyckoff Masterworks Season debuts as guest artists. Principal Cellist Efe Baltacıgil will perform Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme and Principal Percussion Michael A. Werner will perform HK Gruber’s Percussion Concerto, Rough Music.
Guest Artists Returning to the Wyckoff Masterworks Season
Artists returning to the Seattle Symphony’s Wyckoff Masterworks season include violinist Vadim Gluzman performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1; pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony; Emanuel Ax performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2; Louis Lortie performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1; and Garrick Ohlsson performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9; and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey performing in Britten’s War Requiem.
ADDITIONAL SUBSCRIPTION SERIES PERFORMANCES
The above Masterworks Season encompasses the Orchestra’s core programming of symphonic repertoire. Additional subscription series described below include Beyond the Score®, Distinguished Artists, Baroque & Wine, Mainly Mozart, Symphony Untuxed, [untitled], Fluke/Gabelein Organ Recital, Chamber Series, Seattle Pops and the Gilman Family Discover Music series. The Tiny Tots and Kindermusik® series will be announced in March.
Beyond the Score®
Originally created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the three-concert Beyond the Score® series explores classical music by pairing the live concert experience with engaging multimedia presentations. Each program focuses on one of classical music’s timeless works and is divided into two parts: the first half of the program explores the history and context of the featured masterwork through the creative use of narration, actors, and musical and visual examples. Following intermission, the audience hears a complete performance of the piece, with the experience enhanced by their newfound knowledge and understanding of the work. Ludovic Morlot leads the first Beyond the Score® concert, exploring Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac as soloist. In March, Michael Francis conducts Elgar’s masterpiece, Enigma Variations. The final concert of the series sees Christian Knapp leading the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. All three concerts include narration by local classical music personality Steve Reeder.
This celebrated three-concert series brings world-renowned musicians to Seattle to perform the great works of the solo and chamber literature. The Distinguished Artists series opens with Grammy Award-winning pianist András Schiff performing an all-Bach recital, repertoire for which he is particularly acclaimed. Virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman performs a recital in December. In March, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to Benaroya Hall in a recital featuring violin sonatas by Grieg, Previn and Franck.
Baroque & Wine
The Baroque & Wine series, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, pairs the rich music of the Baroque era with pre-concert wine tasting an hour before each concert. The series opens with guest conductor and noted harpsichordist Rinaldo Alessandrini leading several works by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi from the keyboard. In January, Matthew Halls presents a concert of music by J.S. Bach along with Rameau, Handel and Telemann. Seattle Symphony Associate Concertmaster Emma McGrath concludes the series as she leads the Orchestra in concerto grossi by Handel and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
The Mainly Mozart series opens with Ludovic Morlot leading the Seattle Symphony and violinist Gil Shaham in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in an all-Mozart program that also includes Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 for Winds, Gran Partita. Conductor Douglas Boyd follows with a second all-Mozart program, featuring the Seattle Symphony Principal Flute Demarre McGill in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute No. 1, as well as Mozart’s Symphony No. 1; March K. 249; and “Haffner” Serenade No. 7. The series concludes with former Seattle Symphony Associate Conductor Christian Knapp and former Seattle Symphony Principal Horn John Cerminaro performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 on a program that also includes Haydn’s Mass in B-flat major with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and Haydn’s Symphony No. 98.
Formerly known as the Rush Hour series, Symphony Untuxed includes five Friday concerts with an early start time of 7 p.m. and a shorter, no-intermission format. Audiences can arrive at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a pre-concert happy hour with specialty drinks and small plates in the Grand Lobby. The atmosphere will be even more relaxed in the 2012–2013 season, with the orchestra musicians mingling post-concert with audience members. The series opens in October with Ludovic Morlot conducting Haydn’s “Drum Roll” Symphony and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, K. 297b, the latter featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In January, guest conductor Jun Märkl leads the Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Suite from Pulcinella and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. The series continues with Morlot in February with pianist Cédric Tiberghien and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, followed by a March program with conductor Andrey Boreyko leading Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The series ends in April with conductor Xian Zhang leading Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
[untitled], the Seattle Symphony’s new late-night chamber concerts, features Seattle Symphony musicians performing contemporary ensemble pieces in Benaroya Hall’s Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. The series, which directly follows Symphony Untuxed on three Friday nights during the season, kicks-off in October, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair with a program of pieces composed in 1962, including Ligeti’s Poeme symphonique for 100 metronomes. The program, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, also celebrates the 100th anniversary of composer John Cage’s birth with his Variations III. In February, Morlot leads soprano Cyndia Sieden and Seattle Symphony musicians in a celebration of the centenary of Schoenberg’s groundbreaking Pierrot Lunaire, and Orchestra members will also perform chamber works by Jörg Widmann and Daniel Schnyder. The final performance of the series in April features three world premieres of compositions written by Seattle Symphony principal musicians Ben Hausmann, Jordan Anderson and Seth Krimsky, along with works by Anna Clyne and Chinary Ung.
Fluke/Gabelein Organ Recitals
This well-established series places three distinguished organists before Benaroya Hall’s 4,490-pipe, 83-stop Watjen Concert Organ. It begins in November when Seattle Symphony Resident Organist Joseph Adam performs works by Vierne, Boulanger and Duruflé. In January, Paul Jacobs returns to Benaroya Hall to perform masterworks by J.S. Bach, Elgar and Boulanger. The series concludes in April with a recital of music by J.S. Bach, Brahms and Dupré by organist Thierry Escaich.
In this three-concert series, Seattle Symphony musicians and guests present chamber works in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall. The series begins in November with a performance of Brahms’ Sextet No. 1, Medtner’s Piano Quintet in C major and music by Scriabin and Schnittke. In February, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Seattle Symphony musicians on stage for a program of chamber works by French composers Milhaud, Poulenc, Caplet and Messiaen. Finally, the series concludes with a program of chamber music by Stravinsky, Hindemith, Dvořák and Ravel.
The Seattle Pops series, under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch, begins in September with Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era. Conducted by Steven Reineke, this performance features music from the 50s and 60s. The series continues in December with Holiday Pops with Marvin Hamlisch. The whole family will enjoy seasonal favorites performed by the Seattle Symphony. In February, Hamlisch again leads the Seattle Symphony in Hamlisch Plays Hamlisch, featuring a selection of Hamlisch’s own hits from the stage and screen. At the end of April, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra comes to Benaroya Hall for five performances of the music that made Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra famous. The season concludes in June with A Night at The Cotton Club, with conductor Jeff Tyzik leading the Seattle Symphony in a rollicking performance of jazz, tap dancing and fantastic vocals.
The Gilman Family Discover Music Series
The Seattle Symphony’s Discover Music series presents five hour-long symphonic programs for children ages 6 to 12 and their families in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, each preceded by special performances and activities in the Grand Lobby. The series will open with Ludovic Morlot conducting works by Mozart and Haydn in a celebration of Halloween. Morlot will also conduct February’s Discover Music concert, a showcase of colorful symphonic works inspired by the East and West. In March, Magic Circle Mime Company teams up with Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov for a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a classic children’s favorite. In April, composer/conductor HK Gruber and Seattle Symphony Principal Percussion Michael A. Werner present a rhythm-focused program with Gruber’s Percussion Concerto, Rough Music, and selections from Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite. Finally, in June, Morlot leads select youth choirs from across the Pacific Northwest in favorite choral works and symphonic melodies.
Subscription renewals and purchases are available online at www.seattlesymphony.org.
Online subscription renewals are fully automated. Subscribers will receive a unique login name which allows them to see their entire order on the Seattle Symphony website. Subscribers can request changes to their subscriptions and add options ranging from purchasing pre-paid parking to requesting wheelchair accessible seating. Changes to the order will be made instantly, and changes in seating will be made separately, after the subscription renewal deadline has passed. Season brochures are being mailed to current Symphony subscribers who will have until March 3, 2012, to renew their seats or request seating changes. To receive a 2012–2013 season brochure, please call the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or write to Seattle Symphony Ticket Office, Attn: 2012–2013 Season Brochure Request, P.O. Box 2108, Seattle, WA 98111-2108. Subscription renewals will also be accepted in person at the Ticket Office at the corner of Third Ave. and Union St., by phone at (206) 215-4747, by mail at the address above, or by fax at (206) 215-4748.
Non-subscription concerts and presentations are available exclusively to Seattle Symphony subscribers before they go on sale to the public in August 2012.
The 2012–2013 Opening Night Concert & Gala features Ludovic Morlot conducting a program of American classics by Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin. Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell will be the featured soloist, performing Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion. The program also includes Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and Copland’s famous Lincoln Portrait. Special gala fundraising packages are available and include cocktails, dinner and dancing. Gala packages must be reserved through the Special Events Office at (206) 215-4834.
In October, Ludovic Morlot and the Orchestra present the second year of Sonic Evolution, a project that celebrates the past and future of Seattle’s music scene. This year’s program features performances by local band Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs as well as Alan White, the Seattle-based drummer from the band Yes. The Orchestra will perform newly commissioned symphonic compositions inspired by Alice in Chains, Blue Scholars and Yes, written by composers Arlene Sierra, Ken Hesketh and Alexandra Gardner. Also in October, comedian Bill Cosby returns to Benaroya Hall for two back-to-back performances.
This season, the Seattle Symphony has invited symphonic orchestras from the Pacific Northwest to perform in the stunning acoustics of Benaroya Hall. In January, Music Director Bramwell Tovey will lead the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and Edward Top’s Totem. In May, the Oregon Symphony will take the stage with Music Director Carlos Kalmar for a program including Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, Ravel’s La Valse, Narong Prangcharoen’s Phenomenon and Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, featuring Portland-based vocalist Storm Large.
Late January sees the fifth year of Celebrate Asia, the annual Seattle Symphony event celebrating the musical traditions of East and West. This year, Music Director Ludovic Morlot and Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov will both conduct portions of the program, which will also feature Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In February, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to Benaroya Hall for a recital performance with pianist Rohan de Silva. The repertoire will be announced at a later date.
The Seattle Symphony will spend the first week of January 2013 performing the piano concertos of Sergey Rachmaninov. Over two nights, four young award-winning pianists will perform all four of Rachmaninov’s famous keyboard concertos under the direction of Ludovic Morlot. Yeol eum Son, the silver medalist of the 13th International Van Cliburn Competition and the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1. On the same program, 20-year-old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will perform the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Two nights later, 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition medalist Alexander Lubyantsev will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Denis Kozhukhin, winner of the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Competition, will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4.
In May, 2013, Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz presents four programs celebrating the music of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, as well as select works by Mozart, who had a profound influence on the music of Tchaikovsky. The first program sees pianist Vladimir Feltsman return to the Benaroya Hall stage to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 on a program that also includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4, “Mozartiana,” and his heart-wrenching Symphony No. 4. The following night, Feltsman will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, and the Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 and Tchaikovsky’s famous Fifth Symphony. The following week is dedicated to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. The first program features pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Seattle Symphony Principal Trumpet David Gordon performing the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as his October and Symphony No. 5. The following night, Schwarz will be joined by son and cellist Julian Schwarz for Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, on a program that also includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Symphony No. 11.
Holidays at the Symphony
The Seattle Symphony’s holiday performances at Benaroya Hall will be highlighted by the Orchestra’s two traditional presentations: Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Baroque expert Stephen Stubbs, featuring soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell, tenor Ross Hauck and baritone Kevin Deas; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” led this year by Ludovic Morlot. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will also be performed on New Year’s Eve, followed by an audience-wide celebration with dancing, a toast and a countdown to 2013 led by Morlot. Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth will feature soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, tenor Clifton Forbis, bass-baritone Eric Owens and the Seattle Symphony Chorale.
Other holiday performances include Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers, returning to Benaroya Hall with a program that showcases her unique Irish-fusion sound; and A Festival of Lessons & Carols with the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle, under the direction of Joseph Crnko.
FAMILY, SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
The Seattle Symphony will continue to offer a dynamic season of concerts for young people in the 2012–2013 season. The Gilman Family Discover Music series, consisting of orchestral performances designed for children ages 6 to 12 and their families, takes place five times each year in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. The Seattle Symphony also offers two series aimed at children ages 0 to 5 and their families: Tiny Tots, featuring Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda™; and Kindermusik® Symphony Serenades. Both series take place in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall.
The Seattle Symphony’s extensive education and community initiatives reach more than 100,000 people each year through a variety of programs tailored to meet the needs of various audiences, schools and communities. The Seattle Symphony works with 200 schools in 26 districts. In addition to the concerts offered for families, the Orchestra welcomes secondary school groups to its Friday matinee concerts and annually performs free Arts in Education concerts at Benaroya Hall for nearly 12,000 Seattle-area fifth graders. Committed to bringing the music of the Orchestra to areas outside Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Symphony will present several free community concerts, including a performance at the October 21 closing ceremonies of the Seattle Center’s Next Fifty World’s Fair celebration. Other community concerts will be announced in the fall.
SOUNDBRIDGE SEATTLE SYMPHONY MUSIC DISCOVERY CENTER
The Seattle Symphony opened Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center in Benaroya Hall in April 2001, and it continues as a successful and vibrant center for music education. The center’s mission is to inspire and nurture a love of symphonic music through active participation and exploration. Soundbridge staff and guest artists offer programs and classes including Musical Storytelling, drum circles, songwriting, instrument exploration and Science of Sound. The facility is a hands-on musical playroom with orchestral instruments and folk instruments from around the world. There is a workshop/performance space that can be reserved for events, such as musical performances, private teacher recitals and birthday parties. Soundbridge hosts 18,000 visitors each year and has partnered with Studio3Music, one of the top Kindermusik® studios in the nation, to offer licensed Kindermusik® classes for young children. For more information, including schedules of classes and special events, visit www.soundbridge.org.
About the Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony has gained international prominence with more than 140 recordings, twelve GRAMMY® nominations and two Emmys. The 2012–2013 season marks its 110th year and the second for Music Director Ludovic Morlot. The Seattle Symphony performs in one of the world’s finest concert venues — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle — and is recognized for its innovative programming, devotion to the classics, and extensive recording catalog. From September through July, the Symphony is heard live by more than 315,000 people.
About Benaroya Hall
Benaroya Hall, home of Seattle Symphony, is Seattle’s first facility designed exclusively for symphonic music performances. Located on an entire city block in downtown Seattle, the Hall serves as a focal point of the city’s urban core. Benaroya Hall has two spaces for musical performances — the 2,500-seat S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium and the 540-seat Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall — and an underground parking garage. Benaroya Hall has received numerous awards, including a 2001 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Award for outstanding architecture. For additional information, including event listings and public tour schedules, please visit www.benaroyahall.org.