THE ASSAD BROTHERS TAKE SEATTLE SYMPHONY ON A MUSICAL JOURNEY: FROM BRAZIL TO THE MIDDLE EAST


FOR RELEASE Monday, February 07, 2011

Productions:

The Assad Brothers: The World's Guitarists from Brazil to the Middle East

Seattle, WA – Guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad conclude the 2010–2011 Around the World series with Seattle Symphony and Assistant Conductor Eric Garcia on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Two-time Latin Grammy Award¬–winning guitar duo The Assad Brothers were born in Brazil and trace their ancestral roots to Lebanon. Their performance in Seattle will celebrate this heritage with music from both the Middle East and Latin America, including three works composed by Sérgio Assad, two of which will receive their world premieres. This performance is part of the Around the World series, a new Seattle Symphony programming initiative designed to explore in depth the music and culture of different regions across the globe. The performance will take place in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are available from $17 to $70.

Sérgio and Odair Assad
Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad created a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the best guitarists in South America.

The Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them, including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone. Now Sérgio Assad is adding to their repertoire by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners, including symphony orchestras.

The Assads began playing the guitar together at an early age and went on to study for seven years with guitar/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia. Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. Odair is based in Brussels where he teaches at École Supérieure des Arts. Sérgio resides part-time in San Francisco, where he is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and in Paris.

The Assads are recognized as prolific recording artists, primarily for the Nonesuch and GHA labels. In 2001, Nonesuch Records released Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla, which later won a Latin Grammy. Their seventh Nonesuch recording, released in fall 2007, is called Jardim Abandonado after a piece by Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was nominated for Best Classical Album, and Sérgio went on to win the Latin Grammy for his composition, Tahhia Li Oussilina.

Tickets
Tickets from $17 to $70 can be purchased by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or toll-free at (866) 833-4747, faxing the Symphony at (206) 215-4748, ordering online at www.seattlesymphony.org, or visiting the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall at Third Avenue & Union Street, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. For group sales information, call (206) 215-4784. Student and senior rush discount tickets, subject to availability, go on sale in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 6 p.m. prior to evening performances and two hours prior to afternoon performances.

Program
Friday, February 25, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.


AROUND THE WORLD SERIES
THE ASSAD BROTHERS: THE WORLD'S GUITARISTS FROM BRAZIL TO THE MIDDLE EAST

Eric Garcia
, conductor
Sérgio Assad, guitar
Odair Assad, guitar
Seattle Symphony


AARON COPLAND
Three Latin-American Sketches
  Estribillo
  Paisaje Mexican
  Danza de Jalisco


SÉRGIO ASSAD Tahhia Li Ossoulina ("Homage to Our Roots") *
  Sérgio & Odair Assad, guitars

SÉRGIO ASSAD Suite: De Volta As Raizes ("Back to Our Roots") (World Premiere in the Revised Version)
  Leaving
  Nostalgy
  Hope

  Sérgio & Odair Assad, guitars

  INTERMISSION

ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM
Stone Flower *
  Sérgio & Odair Assad, guitars

ERNESTO NAZARETH Eponina * Batuque *
  Sérgio & Odair Assad, guitars

SÉRGIO ASSAD Phases, Concerto for Two Guitars (World Premiere)
  Recollections
  Old Portrait
  Resurgence
  
Sérgio & Odair Assad, guitars


*These selections performed without Orchestra. Sérgio Assad will speak from the stage.

All programs and artists subject to change. Photos of guest artists and Seattle Symphony are available to the media on request.