SEATTLE SYMPHONY TO PERFORM MENDELSSOHN’S POPULAR “ITALIAN” SYMPHONY


FOR RELEASE Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Productions:

Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

WHEN
Thursday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m.

WHERE
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall

WHO
Olari Elts, conductor
Maria Larionoff, violin
Seattle Symphony

WHY
The program features Felix Mendelssohn’s effervescent “Italian” Symphony, one of the composer’s most beloved works and the symphony he called “the jolliest piece I’ve ever done.”

Maria Larionoff, co-founder of The American String Project and former Seattle Symphony
Concertmaster, performs Peteris Vasks’ ethereal Violin Concerto Distant Light. This marks the Seattle Symphony’s first-ever performance of the work, which was composed in 1997.

HOW
Tickets are available from $17 to $110
at www.seattlesymphony.org, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 206-215-4747 or visiting the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall, on the corner of Union Street and Third Avenue.

This Wyckoff Masterworks Season concert is part of the Seattle Symphony’s new Family Connections program. Free companion tickets are available for children between the ages of 8 and 18 when accompanied by a paying adult.

CONCERT & PROGRAM DETAILS

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

Symphony No. 86 in D major

PETERIS VASKS
Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, Distant Light
Maria Larionoff, violin

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian”

Pre-Concert Talk will be presented one hour before performances in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Speaker: Jill Becker, Seattle Symphony Public Relations Manager
Title: “Postcards from the Road”

Ask the Artist featuring Olari Elts and Maria Larionoff on Thursday, January 19, in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, following the concert.

Estonian conductor Olari Elts replaces previously announced conductor Vassily Sinaisky.

Full Program Notes, audio samples, artist biographies and additional information can be found by clicking the links in the above text and by visiting www.seattlesymphony.org.

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