Seattle Symphony Music Director Designate Thomas Dausgaard and President & CEO Krishna Thiagarajan announce the Grammy-winning orchestra’s 2019–2020 season, charting the course for a new artistic partnership and a new era in the orchestra’s history. The season’s programs reflect Dausgaard’s strong desire for the orchestra’s sound to reflect and represent humanity, as well as his deep curiosity about the creative process. In addition to featuring several dozen living composers, and composers who have been left out of the traditional symphonic canon, Dausgaard has invited the community at large to participate in music-making as artists, composers and performers.
Season highlights will include:
THOMAS DAUSGAARD REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS
In his first season as Music Director, Dausgaard will conduct 12 weeks including R. Strauss’ Salome, Haydn’s The Creation, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Bernstein’s Songfest.
TWENTY-FIVE LIVING COMPOSERS
Representing the human experience from bold and diverse perspectives are: John Adams, Eddie Mora Bermúdez, Anna Clyne, Chick Corea, Charles Corey, Anthony DiLorenzo, Reena Esmail, Janice Giteck, Daniel Kidane, Elena Langer, Hannah Lash, Flo Menezes, Olga Neuwirth, Juan David Osorio, Angelique Poteat, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Kate Soper, Bent Sørensen, Tyshawn Sorey, Conrad Tao, Lotta Wennäkoski, Ryan Wigglesworth, and the 2020 Celebrate Asia Composition Competition winner.
COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE TYSHAWN SOREY
New commission for cello and orchestra, community collaborations and school activities.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE SETH PARKER WOODS
Cello soloist in world premiere by Tyshawn Sorey, chamber music and youth mentoring.
BEETHOVEN 2020 FESTIVAL
In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Thomas Dausgaard invites diverse community members to the stage as artists, composers and performers. Beethoven’s nine symphonies will be heard alongside commissioned world premieres by Charles Corey, Janice Giteck, Angelique Poteat and Tyshawn Sorey.
ADDITIONAL SEATTLE SYMPHONY COMMISSIONS
Reena Esmail’s Sitar Concerto, Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce Suite, Hannah Lash’s Double Harp Concerto and Angelique Poteat’s Cello Concerto.
Also represented on the season are trailblazing, yet seldom heard 20th-century voices including Amy Beach, Nadia Boulanger, Julius Eastman and Florence Price.
RACHMANINOV CONCERTO FESTIVAL
Guest conductor Ryan Bancroft leads a two-concert Rach Fest, with Rachmaninov’s piano concertos performed by rising star pianists Ivan Bessonov, Alexandra Dovgan, Rémi Geniet and Aimi Kobayashi.
OCTAVE 9: RAISBECK MUSIC CENTER
Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center opens March 3, 2019. From March through June 2019, the experimental space will host over 70 contemporary composers and 70 instrumentalists. The 2019–2020 Octave 9 season will be announced in July 2019; highlights include works by Julius Eastman, Hannah Lash, Kate Soper and Tyshawn Sorey and performances by Claire Chase and Anthony Romaniuk.
In addition, the Seattle Symphony’s first-ever Nielsen cycle, which began in 2017 with the Grammy-nominated recording of Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 with Thomas Dausgaard, will continue with a live concert recording of Symphony No. 2 in April 2019 and Symphony No. 1 in January 2020. Thomas Dausgaard has previously released two critically acclaimed recordings with the Seattle Symphony (Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, Deryck Cooke version and Nielsen Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4), and his future recordings with the orchestra will continue to capitalize on the orchestra’s compelling live performances, recorded masterfully for the Seattle Symphony Media label by the orchestra’s Grammy-winning recording engineer, Dmitriy Lipay.