Celebrate Asia — Special appearance by A.R. Rahman

PRE-CONCERT: 5:30–7PM

SAMUEL & ALTHEA STROUM GRAND LOBBY
Aleksa Manila, Emcee
JANELLE BEL ISLE: Central Asian dance demo
TONY FAN & ILANA RUBEN: Tango demo with audience participation
DUOC SU LION DANCE TEAM


CONCERT: 7PM

S. MARK TAPER FOUNDATION AUDITORIUM
Grammy® and Academy Award® winning film composer A.R. Rahman’s first-ever work for orchestra, The Flying Lotus, will be the highlight of the Seattle Symphony’s ninth annual Celebrate Asia concert at Benaroya Hall. Plus, hear music from his most soaring film score, Slumdog Millionaire, and from the Toronto and West End hit musical, Lord of the Rings.

The program will also feature gorgeous film music from several noted Japanese composers, including Toru Takemitsu’s score for the film Lantern Festival of the Waves.

Celebrate Asia is a spectacular display of Seattle’s vibrant Asian communities. Featuring dancers, drummers and entertainers in traditional dress both before and after the concert itself. Join us for this once a year opportunity to revel in the rich cultural traditions from across Asia.


POST-CONCERT: 9PM

SAMUEL & ALTHEA STROUM GRAND LOBBY
Aleksa Manila, Emcee
CHIKIRI AND THE SCHOOL OF TAIKO: Taiko drumming
RHYTHMS OF INDIA: Bhangra/Bollywood dancing

Note: Copying of any performance by camera, audio or video recording equipment, and by any other copying device, and the use of such copying devices during a performance, is prohibited. Music Composed by A.R. RAHMAN ©2017 – Music published by K M MUSIQ / SONGS OF UNIVERSAL.

2016-2017 Exclusives

Dates and Tickets

  • 12 May (Fri) 2017 7:00PM
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Running time

1 hour, 2 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance

Location

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall

Performers

Shizuo Z Kuwahara

Conductor

The first prize winner of the prestigious Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, Shizuo Z Kuwahara recently concluded his 7 years tenure as the music director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta. He will be making a debut with Seattle Symphony and Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland this season, as well as returning to conduct Osaka Symphony, Hiroshima Symphony and Tokyo Kosei Wind Ensemble.

Ricardo Averbach

Conductor

Ricardo Averbach is the winner of the 2010 American Prize in Conducting, and received the 1st Honor Diploma at the 2010 Masterplayers International Music Competition in Lugano, Switzerland. After graduating in engineering in Brazil with the highest honors and receiving a scholarship for graduate studies in Harvard, he changed his trajectory in search of his passion for music. He moved to Bulgaria – without knowing the language – and graduated in orchestra, choral and opera conducting at the National Academy of Music. Now he is fluent in Bulgarian, and a few other languages…

Sheila Houlahan

Mezzo-Soprano

Indian-American actor and singer Sheila Houlahan has been seen on stage and screen around the world. Her most notable credits include performing the music of A.R. Rahman with him at the 2016 CES Intel Live Show in Las Vegas, winning an award with the Washington District Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2014, singing as a featured soprano soloist for the 2009 Salzburg Festival, playing the role of Optima Prime in the feature film Wallflower (produced by Paradigm Studios and set to release this year), and playing the role of Ghania (the villain’s henchwoman) in the new superhero TV show The Exceptionals. She received a Bachelor of Music in Operatic Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Houlahan is currently working on her first solo album and corresponding music video series.

Anton du Preez

Tenor

Anton du Preez is a singer-songwriter in Seattle. He artfully blends adult contemporary and alternative folk with the occasional dash of progressive house or quiet storm.

Aleksa Manila

Pre- and Post-Concert Emcee

Drug counselor by day, drag diva by night. Aleksa Manila is a celebrated and respected drag personality. Originally from Manila, Philippines, Aleksa now calls Seattle, Washington home.

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.

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.

Seattle Girls' Choir

Choir

Founded in 1982 and currently under the artistic direction of Jacob Winkler, Seattle Girls’ Choir provides a comprehensive and progressive choral education with an emphasis on vocal technique, musical literacy, and ensemble performance.

Program

notes

video

audio

Yūzō Toyama

Rhapsody for Orchestra

Christopher Larosa

The Tide Jewels (World Premiere)

Akira Ifukube

Symphonic Fantasia No. 1

Toru Takemitsu

Nami no bon (“Lantern Festival of the Waves”)

A.R. Rahman

Slumdog Millionaire: “Latika's Theme“

A.R. Rahman

Lord of the Rings Suite: “Lothlórien”—“The Final Battle”

A.R. Rahman

Passage Suite: “Moi”—“Lux aeterna”

A.R. Rahman

The Flying Lotus (World Premiere)

Sponsors

The Celebrate Asia Composition Competition is generously underwritten by Yoshi and Naomi Minegishi. Shizuo Z. Kuwahara’s performance is generously supported by The Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation with additional support from The Nakajima Family. The commission by A.R. Rahman is generously underwritten by Vijay and Sita Vashee, Parul and Gary Houlahan, Vishwa and Vandana Prasad, Noreen and Kabir Shahani, and Satya and Rao Ramala. Celebrate Asia 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.