Hearing any of these Stravinsky rarities live is a special treat. To witness them together on one spectacular night — with star soloists, dancers, puppeteers, three choirs, four grand pianos and the Seattle Symphony, all led by Ludovic Morlot — will be unforgettable.
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.”
Born in Montreal and a resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Kenneth Tarver is considered to be one of the outstanding belcanto tenore di grazia of his generation, acknowledged for his beauty of tone, virtuosic technique, extensive and even vocal range, coupled with an attractive and elegant stage presence.
Committed to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Cristina Valdés is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis.
Pianist Jessica Choe began her musical studies at the age of 3 in her native Korea where she was a prize winner in several national piano competitions including the Samick National Piano Competition, the Korea Daily Times Piano Competition and the Korean Department of Education Music Competition.
A prizewinner from the Liszt Garrison Competition, Dr. Li-Tan Hsu is currently a Collaborative Artist in Residence in Music Division of the Seattle University. Before moving to Seattle in April 2015, she was a faculty member of the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University. A pianist in high demand, recently she was named the accompanist of the semi-final round for the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition. Dr. Hsu was a rehearsal pianist for concert musicians such as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Victor Danchenko, to name a few.
The Dmitry Pokrovsky Ensemble was founded by prominent musician, scientist and researcher of Russian national culture Dmitry Pokrovsky (1944-1996) in Moscow in 1973 as a «living laboratory» for the study of different Russian folk traditions. The Ensemble had been performing modern music, working together with many modern composers and at the same time having classical compositions in its repertoire.
Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Anna graduated with a BFA from the University of Utah's Department of Ballet, where she had the opportunity to perform internationally in Europe and Asia. Anna also dances with Éowyn Emerald and Dancers and several independent choreographers within the Portland area.
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.
In thirty years, Michael Curry has achieved an international reputation as a production designer specializing in transformational scenery, large-scale puppetry, costuming, and character design. He collaborates regularly with the world’s foremost entertainment companies, such as The Walt Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, the Olympic Committee, and the Metropolitan Opera, to create exhilarating performance experiences for global audiences.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.
Marc-André Hamelin’s performances are generously underwritten by Muriel Van Housen and Tom McQuaid.