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Tuesday, 10 November, 2015

Celebrating Composer Carl Nielsen’s 150th Anniversary Starting with Tonight’s Side-by-Side Chamber Concert with Students from the UW School of Music

Performing Nielsen Symphony No. 4 on November 12 & 14

Violinist Henning Kraggerud Solo in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1

Historic First-Ever Performance of Mahler Symphony No. 10 (Cooke Version) November 19, 21 & 22

Seattle, WA--Seattle Symphony Principal Guest Conductor, Thomas Dausgaard, returns this month to lead two Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season performances. On November 12 and 14 Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony celebrate the 150th anniversary of Carl Nielsen’s birth by giving a rare performance of one of Nielsen’s greatest works, Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable.” Also on the program will be Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring violinist Henning Kraggerud and Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. The Bruch and Strauss will also be featured on the shorter and informal Untuxed concert on November 13.  The following week, Dausgaard will lead the Seattle Symphony in three performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Cooke Version) on November 19, 21 and 22, a not-to-be-missed occasion as the Symphony performs this work for the very first time in its history.

In addition, musicians of the Seattle Symphony will join students from the UW School of Music for a Side-by-Side chamber concert to kick-off the Nielsen celebration on November 10.  The free concert will feature three of Nielsen’s works, including String Quartet No. 4, Violin Sonata No. 2 and Wind Quintet, Op. 43. 

Concert tickets start at $17 for Untuxed and $21 for Masterworks Season programs. They 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.


Side-by-Side with University of Washington Music Students
Tuesday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Brechemin Auditorium, University of Washington School of Music

Seattle Symphony Musicians
Student Musicians from University of Washington School of Music

NIELSEN: String Quartet No. 4
NIELSEN: Violin Sonata No. 2
NIELSEN: Wind Quintet, Op. 43


Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Thursday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, at 8 p.m.

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin
Seattle Symphony

R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable”

Bruch Untuxed
Friday, November 13, at 7 p.m.

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin
Jonathan Green, host
Seattle Symphony 

R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1

Mahler Ten
Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, at 2 p.m.

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Seattle Symphony

MAHLER: Symphony No. 10 (Cooke version)

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About Thomas Dausgaard

Thomas DausgaardThomas Dausgaard is 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. He is renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings.

He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including in Europe the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; in North America, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the Montreal Symphony; and in Asia and Australia the New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.  Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, Mostly Mozart and Tanglewood.

As a recording artist, he enjoys long-standing relationships with the BIS and Da Capo labels and has made well over 50 CDs, including complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann and Rued Langgaard.  Future recording plans include Schubert and Brahms cycles for BIS, and a disc for Da Capo of the works of Pelle Gundmundsen-Homgreen, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Thomas Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.  Currently he lives in Denmark with his family.

About Henning Kraggerud

Violinist, violist, composer, and director Henning Kraggerud is a naturally gifted artist who combines an unusually sweet and colourful tone with intelligent expression and impressive virtuosity. He is co-Artistic Director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and Professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

Henning continues to expand the boundaries of the world of the classical violin in performances on the world’s most prestigious concert platforms (including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Hollywood Bowl) and with the most important orchestras (including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hallé and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras). His performances of major concerto works – from Bach and Mozart to Sibelius and Prokofiev – have brought him international acclaim, and his diverse artistic activities have included a collaboration with jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, playing/directing engagements with the likes of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Britten Sinfonia, and a regular trio with Imogen Cooper and Adrian Brendel, as well as multi-arts projects, such as a suite of new music by fifteen renowned composers writing from the inspiration of fifteen paintings by Edvard Munch. His most recent work, entitled Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra, was premiered in early 2014 and is comprised of musical counterpoints for a 24-part journey around the world, all set to texts by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder.

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, including John Luther Adams' recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received 18 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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