THE LIGHT THAT FILLS THE WORLD A Meditation in Sound & Light

An immersive concert that will sweep you into an exploration of light from the scientific bent of Philip Glass’ The Light, to the rushing light of the Arctic and on to the illuminating agony of Julia Wolfe’s My Beautiful Scream. These musical mystics will pull you into a world of sound and silence, light and dark.

Tuning Up

Dates and Tickets

  • 30 Jun (Thu) 2016 7:30PM

Running time

1 hour, 45 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ludovic Morlot


French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Among the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra have won three Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”

Alexander Melnikov


Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov.

Nathan Cole


Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Seattle. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and USC.

Mikhail Shmidt

First Violin

Born in Moscow, Russia, Mikhail Shmidt began his musical education at age 5 and won the Concertino Prague at age 14.

Mara Gearman


A member of the Seattle Symphony viola section, Seattle native Mara Gearman also regularly performs at the Olympic, Methow and Eastern music festivals.

Walter Gray


Walter Gray has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Far East and Europe, including performances in Moscow, Odessa, Zagreb, Seoul and Tokyo.

Jeff Lincoln

Lighting Designer

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.






My Beautiful Scream

John Cage


John Luther Adams

The Light that Fills the World

Morton Feldman

Piano and Orchestra

Philip Glass

The Light


Tuning Up! is made possible by a generous gift from Judith Fong Music Director's Fund. Alexander Melnikov’s performance is generously underwritten by Bob and Clodagh Ash through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.

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