Opening Night Concert

With Jean-Yves Thibaudet

A thrilling start to the 2015-2016 season and Ludovic Morlot’s fifth season as Music Director in a program of American classics and two works by Saint-Saëns including his final and most exotic piano concerto, the “Egyptian,” featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as he begins his year-long role as Artist in Residence.

Just Announced! The Seattle Symphony Piano Competition First Prize winner Kevin Ahfat will perform the final movement of Barber’s Piano Concerto, Allegro molto, during the Opening Night Concert.

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Dates and Tickets

  • 19 Sep (Sat) 2015 7:00PM

Running time

1 hour, 52 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 15 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ludovic Morlot


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.”

Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Artist in residence, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is considered one of the best pianists in the world, and has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess.

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.





Leonard Bernstein

Overture to Wonderful Town

Aaron Copland

Suite from Appalachian Spring

Camille Saint-Saëns

Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Camille Saint-Saëns

Piano Concerto No. 5, "Egyptian"


Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s performance is generously underwritten by Jean-Francois and Catherine Heitz through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.