The experimental New York School of composers spawned a wealth of avant-garde works. In this program Christian Wolff’s For Bob honors the famed painter Robert Rauschenberg and Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel is a moving tribute to Mark Rothko. Also included are works by fellow New York School composers John Cage and Earle Brown.

This concert is dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg.


Dates and Tickets

  • 5 Feb (Fri) 2016 10:00PM

Running time

1 hour, 15 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 15 minutes prior to performance


Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby - Benaroya Hall


Joseph Crnko


Joseph Crnko was appointed Associate Conductor for Choral Activities for Seattle Symphony in September 2007. Crnko brings a wealth of choral conducting, arranging, recording and education experience to his position. He has prepared the Seattle Symphony Chorale for numerous critically acclaimed performances, including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem.

Maria Männistö


Her “lovely and pure soprano” (The Seattle Times), impeccable pitch and ability to master difficult works have made Maria Männistö a sought-after performer of new music in the Seattle area.

Kathryn Tewson


Kathryn Tewson has been singing with the Seattle Symphony Chorale since 2004.

Mikhail Shmidt

First Violin

Born in Moscow, Russia, Mikhail Shmidt began his musical education at age 5 and won the Concertino Prague at age 14.

Mara Gearman


A member of the Seattle Symphony viola section, Seattle native Mara Gearman also regularly performs at the Olympic, Methow and Eastern music festivals.

David Sabee


2011 Grammy Award winner David Sabee joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986.

Rob Tucker


Rob Tucker is one of the Northwest's most in demand percussionists. He regularly performs with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Cristina Valdés


Committed to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Cristina Valdés is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis.

Kimberly Russ


Seattle Symphony pianist Kimberly Russ celebrates joined the orchestra in 2002 at the invitation of Conductor Laureate, Gerard Schwarz.

Seattle Symphony Chorale

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.





Morton Feldman

Intersection No. 2

Earle Brown

Four Systems

John Cage

Living Room Music

Christian Wolff

For Bob II (World Premiere)

Morton Feldman

Rothko Chapel


Sponsored by the Bagley and Virginia Wright Foundation. [untitled] 2 is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.