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Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

Morlot Leads a Shakespeare-inspired Concert Program on April 21, 23 and 24 Featuring Tenor Mark Padmore and the Seattle Symphony Chorale

The Orchestra Continues Its Survey of Works by Henri Dutilleux on April 28 and 30 with Performances of Timbres, espace, mouvement

Two-Year Beethoven Cycle Continues With Pianist Imogen Cooper Performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Seattle, WA – Music Director Ludovic Morlot leads the Seattle Symphony in two distinctive Delta Air Lines Masterworks programs later this month. A Shakespeare-inspired program on April 21, 23 and 24 will feature Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Venerated tenor Mark Padmore appears on the program to perform Britten’s orchestral song cycle Nocturne and Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3. Also on the program is Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The following week Morlot leads the Seattle Symphony in performances that continue its survey of works by French composer Henri Dutilleux. On April 28 and 30, live performances of Timbres, espace, mouvement are scheduled to be recorded and released on the third volume of an all-Dutilleux recording project on Seattle Symphony Media, out in August. In a special tribute to the composer’s 100th centenary, all three CDs will be released in a special commemorative box set at the same time. The first two recordings of this body of work garnered six Grammy nominations this and last year, and Vol. 2 received a Grammy Award this year for Best Instrumental Solo. Also featured on the Masterworks program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring pianist Imogen Cooper, which is part of the Orchestra’s two-year Beethoven cycle surveying all of the composer’s symphonies and piano concertos. The Beethoven Piano Concerto and Victor Ewald’s Brass Quintet No. 3 will be featured on the shorter and informal Untuxed concert on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m.

Lullaby ProjectFollowing the concert on April 28, there will be a special performance of three lullabies from the Lullaby Project in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. This performance demonstrates the idea that melodies from the heart can be expressed in many ways, from a mother’s simple lullaby to her child, to more complex compositions such as Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7. Currently in its third year, the Lullaby Project is an intensive Community Connections program in which mothers experiencing homelessness come together with Symphony teaching artists and musicians to write, record and perform lullabies for their children. Mary’s Place has been the primary partner for this work. Visit the Seattle Symphony website for more information about the Lullaby Project.

Concert tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony's iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple's App Store or Android's App Store.

Program Details

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Mark Padmore, tenor

Seattle Symphony Chorale

Seattle Symphony

FELIX MENDELSSOHN                        Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 21                            

BENJAMIN BRITTEN                          Nocturne, Op. 60                                                                                  

                                                                         Prologue from Prometheus Unbound (Shelley)—    

                                                                        “The Kraken” (Tennyson)—                                        

                                                                        from The Wanderings of Cain (Coleridge)—             

                                                                        Blurt, Master Constable (Middleton)—                     

                                                                        from The Prelude (1805, Wordsworth)—                  

                                                                        “The Kind Ghosts” (Owen)—                                       

                                                                        “Sleep and Poetry” (Keats)—                                      

                                                                        Postlude, Sonnet 43 (Shakespeare)                         

                                                                        MARK PADMORE, TENOR

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI                      Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, “Song of the Night”                                 

                                                                        MARK PADMORE, TENOR

                                                                        SEATTLE SYMPHONY CHORALE

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY             Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture                                                     

Pre-concert Talk one hour prior to performance.

Tickets start at $21.


Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Imogen Cooper, piano

Seattle Symphony 

HENRI DUTILLEUX                             Timbres, espace, mouvement, ou “La nuit etoilée”                              

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN               Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58                           

                                                                        IMOGEN COOPER, PIANO

SERGEY PROKOFIEV                           Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131                     

Pre-concert Talk one hour prior to performance.

Ask the Artist on Saturday, April 30, in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby following the concert.

Tickets start at $21.

Beethoven Untuxed

Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m.


Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Imogen Cooper, piano

David Gordon, trumpet

Alexander White, trumpet

Jeffrey Fair, horn

Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, trombone

Christopher Olka, tuba

Jonathan Green, host

Seattle Symphony 

VICTOR EWALD                                  Quintet No. 3 in D-flat major, Op. 7                                                    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN               Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Audience Development supported by The Wallace Foundation.

Media Sponsor KCTS 9.

Ask the Artist in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby following the concert.

Tickets start at $17.

About Ludovic Morlot

The French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony.  During the 2015–2016 season Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will continue to invite their audiences to “listen boldly,” presenting a wide variety of works in concert and releasing several more recordings on the Orchestra’s label, Seattle Symphony Media. He was Chief Conductor of La Monnaie for three years (2012–2014). During this time he conducted several new productions and concert performances.

During the 2015–2016 season Morlot will return to the New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras as well as NSO Washington. He will also conduct a subscription week with the Boston Symphony  Orchestra whom he has conducted regularly in Boston and Tanglewood and recently on a tour to the west coast of America. This relationship started in 2001 when he was the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the orchestra and their Music Director James Levine (2004–07).  Morlot has also conducted the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Morlot studied conducting in London and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle.

About the 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. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

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