Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed by Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, is a marvel of German precision that is sure to raise your pulse. The work has developed a reputation as an essential one for aspiring violin virtuosos to conquer and one not to be missed by audiences alike. Then Principal Guest Conductor Dausgaard brings us Carl Nielsen, the renowned symphonist from Denmark, who creates ever-expanding horizons and soaring voices in his Symphony No. 3. Plus! Up-and-coming Scottish composer, Helen Grimes, brings us her U.S. premiere of Snow.
Presented 1 hour prior to each performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.
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The Thursday concert (Jun 8) will feature chamber works by Nielsen performed jointly by Seattle Symphony musicians and University of Washington students. Both events free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 50 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
Thomas Dausgaard is Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), and Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its Principal Conductor from 2004–2011.
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is internationally renowned both as soloist and director and is recognised for his fresh approach to the repertoire.
Praised for her "clear, bright voice" (New York Times) and "artistry that belies her young years" (Kansas City Metropolis), soprano Estelí Gomez is quickly gaining recognition as a stylish interpreter of early and contemporary repertoires. In January 2014 she was awarded a Grammy with contemporary octet Roomful of Teeth, for best chamber music/small ensemble performance; in November 2011 she received first prize in the Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznan, Poland. An avid performer of early and new music, Estelí can be heard on the Juno-nominated recording Salsa Baroque with Montréal-based Ensemble Caprice, as well as Roomful of Teeth's self-titled debut album, for which composer Caroline Shaw's Partita was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
The American baritone, John Taylor Ward, was born to a musical family in Boone, North Carolina (bluegrass and Broadway, primarily). He has performed professionally since the age of 5, appearing as a boy soprano soloist at the National Cathedral (Washington, DC), Durham Cathedral (Durham, UK), and Claire and King’s Colleges, Cambridge. He received a high school diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and entered the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, from which he received a Bachelor of Music degree in 2009. In 2010, he began his graduate studies for Master’s of Early Music, Chamber Music, Sacred Music, and Art Song at the Yale School of Music, where he is currently a doctoral student. There he has served as the assistant conductor of the Opera Theatre of Yale College, while his scholarly research focuses on the performance practice of shape-note music, a unique American genre of folk hymnody.
Snow: No.2 from Two Eardley Pictures (U.S. Premiere)
Pekka Kuusisto’s performances are generously underwritten by Hot Chocolate Fund through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.