David Lang’s symphony without a hero received its premiere on February 8/10 by its commissioner, Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot. As usual, Lang spells his title in all lowercase letters, a gesture of acquiescence that particularly befits the resigned tone of this work’s namesake, Poem Without a Hero by the Soviet writer Anna […]
Let's see. Two Symphony No. 2's recorded by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, a composer new to me, an old Cowell favorite, interpretations of Cage and Glass by Petridisch, some touching piano music by David Del Tredici, the Grammy-winning Higdon piece,...
"The Los Angeles Philharmonic's spring news earlier this year that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, was departing for New York sent the arts world spinning. Since then, one question has hung - or rung, like a symphonic triangle - in the air: Who would replace her?" We now have the answer.
Using extensive market research and three new concert formats, the SSO identified, and pursued, NUCCs (new urban cultural consumers). Among the surprising things the orchestra found is that the new formats don't serve as "on-ramps" to the main Masterworks series; they are separate products and brand extensions. Also, the audience for the one-hour 7 p.m. […]
I have to admit: I was not at all surprised to see that Thomas Dausgaard had been appointed the next music director of the Seattle Symphony. He's been their principal guest conductor for some time, and is popular in Seattle.I saw him there, on my first visit to Benaroya Hall, when I was in Seattle on business a few months ago. Show More Summary
Meet the new boss, same as the old substitute boss: Dausgaard, a 54-year-old Dane who takes over from Ludovic Morlot in 2019, has been the SSO's principal guest conductor since 2014. "It was his 2015 Seattle Symphony Sibelius Festival performances," writes Melinda Bargreen, "that made the tall, silver-haired Dane a popular figure among the city's […]
The Seattle Symphony has named Thomas Dausgaard to succeed Ludovic Morlot as music director in 2019. Dausgaard is presently chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (through 2019), as well as Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana, and the Danish National Symphony. From the press release: ‘For several […]
by Rich Smith The Danish conductor will take Ludo's spot in 2019 Brandon Patoc Tuesday evening Seattle Symphony announced that they're hiring current principal guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard for a four-year term starting in 2019, following...Show More Summary
Plus: Sean Nelson reviews grunge doc Hype!, and more. by Amber Cortes Why, hello there, Steven Spielberg! BRANDON PATOC Steven Spielberg Stopped by the Seattle Symphony Last Night: And it sounds like it was rad. This Is Your Last Chance...Show More Summary
by Rich Smith American auteurs. Brandon Patoc It was no surprise that the Seattle Symphony's John Williams Conducts Williams concert sold out approximately two hours after tickets went on sale, but it was quite the surprise when Williams,...Show More Summary
The celebrated principal flute left Dallas Symphony last year to play in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, which had suffered the departure of both of its principal flutes. This summer, Demarre failed to get selected for either vacancy. There was no going back to Dallas for Demarre. But his previous orchestra, Seattle, wanted him […]
We hear that Demarre McGill, who failed to retain his seat as acting principal flute in the Met orchestra at a recent audition, has been offered his old job back as principal in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. We don’t yet know if he has accepted.
A reader was kind enough to provide me with MANY additions to my list of open music director jobs. Here are the current openings: Updated list of known openings: Seattle Symphony when Ludovic Morlot leaves Dallas Symphony Orchestra (when...Show More Summary
by Rebecca Brown Ravel's Magical Opera was performed by Seattle Symphony last night, and it will be performed again tomorrow. Brandon Patoc How much of what happens when you’re a kid happens only inside your head? I remember one time—was I 8 or 9?—playing alone, as I usually did, in our back yard, with my little plastic Romans and horses and knights. Show More Summary
A surprise the other week: Ludovic Morlot, the very talented young Frenchman who has been music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra since 2011, will leave in 2019 when his contract is up. My impression from 900 miles to the south is that he has been extremely successful with the orchestra. Show More Summary
by Rich Smith Ludo, conducting a little Strauss with his trademark intensity. Brandon Patoc Last week, the Seattle Symphony announced that music director Ludovic Morlot wouldn't be renewing his contract in two years. But why? He wasShow More Summary
“We were very aggressive about being relevant for the community we were in,” Morlot said. “We want people to feel that this symphony is their community orchestra.” But that part of his job, he said, “is crucial but sometimes exhausting” — the fundraising, the meetings, the oversight for educational programs and civic engagement.
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s music director Ludovic Morlot has announced he will leave in 2019 after eight years in the job. He has no other post immediately in sight. He says he is ‘contemplating new horizons — nothing I’m ready to share with you today.’ photo: SSO UPDATE: Morlot on social media: ‘After much reflection, I […]
Nathan Chan, who starts this week as Third Chair Cello in the Seattle Symphony, has a Youtube channel with 6.1 million views ad is generally as cool as can be. The things you have to do these days to win an audition.
The Seattle Symphony is putting on a protest concert tonight, titled, Music Beyond Borders: Voices from the 7. Here’s the reasoning: The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries. As artists and Americans, we […]