Ludovic Morlot, the Seattle Symphony and the Women of the Seattle Symphony Chorale bring the 2014–2015 Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season to a grand conclusion with Gustav Mahler’s formidable and majestic Third Symphony. From its powerful and expansive opening, through subsequent pastoral movements and showcases of beautiful vocals, and on to the final movement’s ecstatic conclusion, this is one of the most ambitious works in the symphonic repertoire, both in length and scope. In his Third Symphony, Mahler sought to convey the entire universe, its essential divinity and the response it evokes in the human soul. The resulting composition, a musical reflection of nature spanning over an hour and a half, is as tremendous as its aim. Hear why Mahler said, “the Symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.”
The Saturday, June 20, performance is dedicated to the memory of longtime Seattle Symphony percussionist Ron Johnson, who passed away in March 2015.
1 hour prior to performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 32 minutes. No intermission.
1 hour, 15 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”
The Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn was born in Delft and studied violin and voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Over the years Christianne has won numerous awards, including the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars Award 2005/2006, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005, and the Nederlands Muziekprijs in 2008.
The Northwest Boychoir’s musical sophistication, rich tonal quality, dedication to exacting perfection, and extensive performance schedule have established its reputation as one of the nation’s premier children's choirs.
The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.