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Tuesday, 22 September, 2015

Performing All Nine Symphonies and Five Piano Concertos

Seattle, WA—Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony embark on a two-year Beethoven cycle that will traverse all nine of the composer’s symphonies and five piano concertos over two seasons. The project begins on the first Delta Air Lines Masterworks season program on September 24, when Morlot will conduct Beethoven Symphony No. 4, paired with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. The remainder of the 2015-2016 season will feature Symphony No. 3 on February 11, 13 and 14, and Symphony No. 7 on June 9, 10 and 11. Pianists Alexander Melnikov, Yefim Bronfman and Imogen Cooper will solo on Piano Concerto Nos 1, 3 and 4, respectively, throughout the rest of this season on the Masterworks series.

Concert tickets start at $21 and can be purchased online at, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony's new iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple's App Store or Android's App Store.

Concert and Program Details

Beethoven & Mahler

Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 2015, at 8 p.m. Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Seattle Symphony
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1

Beethoven Symphony No. 4 Untuxed

Friday, September 25, 2015, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jonathon Green, host
Seattle Symphony
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4
Media Sponsor: Classical KING FM 98.1

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Seattle Symphony
STRAVINSKY: Symphony in C
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 1
MOZART: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Alexander Melnikov’s performances are generously underwritten by Ilene and Elwood Hertzog through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.

Bronfman Plays Beethoven

Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Roomful of Teeth
Seattle Symphony
R. STRAUSS: Don Juan
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2
BERIO: Sinfonia for 8 Voices and Orchestra
Performance sponsored by Microsoft

Yefim Bronfman’s performances are generously underwritten by Mel and Leena Sturman through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.

Beethoven & Bartók

Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 14, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
Seattle Symphony
IVES: Three Places in New England
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Imogen Cooper, piano
Seattle Symphony 
DUTILLEUX: Timbres, espace, mouvement
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 7

Beethoven Untuxed

Friday, April 29, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Imogen Cooper, piano
Jonathan Green, host
Seattle Symphony
EWALD: Symphony for Brass Quintet No. 3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4

Gershwin & Beethoven

Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 10, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Seattle Symphony 
ANNA CLYNE: U.S. Premiere
GERSHWIN: Concerto in F
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s June 9, 10 & 11 performances of Gershwin’s Concerto in F are generously underwritten by Shelia B. Noonan & Peter M. Hartley.

Delta Air Lines is the Sponsor of the Seattle Symphony’s Masterworks Season.

About Ludovic Morlot

French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. During the 2015–2016 season Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will present a wide variety of works in concert and release several more recordings on the Orchestra’s label, Seattle Symphony Media. He was Chief Conductor of La Monnaie for three years (2012–2014). During this time he conducted several new productions and concert performances.

During the 2015–2016 season Morlot will return to the LA Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He has also conducted in Cleveland and Philadelphia and has particularly close relationships with the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. In Europe, Morlot will this season make his debut with the Geneva Camerata conducting a Homage to Ligeti and will also return to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden.  

Morlot studied conducting in London and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle.

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 was founded in 1903 and 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, including John Luther Adams' recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. The orchestra has made more than 150 recordings and has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

Photo credit: Brandon Patoc Photography

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