Music Beyond Borders: Voices from the Seven

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The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries. As artists and Americans, we are committed to freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas which create an environment of mutual understanding and the capacity for empathy. At the Seattle Symphony, we are inspired to add our voice in the hopes that we can come together through music.


Dates and Tickets

  • 8 Feb (Wed) 2017 7:30PM

Pre-concert Talk


Running time

1 hour - This concert does not include an intermission.

Doors open



S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ludovic Morlot


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

Pablo Rus Broseta


Pablo Rus Broseta studied composition and saxophone at the Conservatory of his native Valencia, carrying out further studies in conducting in Lyon, and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Universität der Künste Berlin.

Anjali Joshi


Anjali is a solo Santoor artist from Seattle. She runs a Music School where students learn Indian music on various instruments and accompanies vocal & tabla artists.

Murl Allen Sanders


Murl Allen Sanders is a musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who has been active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan. 

Mae Lin

First Violin

Mae Lin joined the Seattle Symphony in 2008 as a member of the second violin section. Having grown up in Bellevue, she was very excited to return home to join her hometown symphony.

Matthew Decker


Matthew Decker begins his position as Assistant Principal Timpanist/Section Percussionist in the Seattle Symphony in the 2016–2017 season. Before joining the Seattle Symphony Decker spent two seasons as the Assistant Principal Percussionist of the North Carolina Symphony.

Joseph Adam


Joseph Adam is Resident Organist for the Seattle Symphony. He has been Cathedral Organist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle since 1993.

Rahim AlHaj


Rahim AlHaj is a Grammy-nominated oud musician and composer. In 1991, after the first Gulf War, AlHaj was forced to leave Iraq due to his political activism against the Saddam Hussein regime.

Samatar Yare


Samatar Yare, is a native of Somalia who immigrated to Seattle in 2001. He is in demand throughout the Pacific Northwest at important Somali community events, including weddings and national celebrations and has a substantial online presence with almost a million YouTube followers worldwide.

Kinan Azmeh


Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and "Intensely Soulful" by the New York Times and "Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and "Incredibly Rich Sound" by the CBC. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer.

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.





Alireza Motevaseli

Fantasia for Santoor and Accordion

Gity Razaz

Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Ali Osman


Rahim Alhaj/arr. Zack Kear

Letters from Iraq

Traditional (Somalia) /arr. Steve Herzog


Kinan Azmeh

Suite for Improvisor and Orchestra

Samuel Ward

America the Beautiful