Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee conduct the Seattle Symphony in a program featuring music by Seth Krimsky, Richard Karpen and Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and the University of Washington faculty members Melia Watras and Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir.
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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.”
David Alexander Rahbee is currently Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, where he is director of orchestral activities and teaches conducting.
Hailed by Gramophone as “an artist of commanding and poetic personality” and by The Strad as “staggeringly virtuosic,” violist/composer Melia Watras has distinguished herself as one of her instrument’s leading voices. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, while achieving acclaim as an established recording artist. Recent highlights include the release of her latest disc from the Sono Luminus label, 26, which features world premiere recordings of her own compositions, and video projects with violist Garth Knox (performing with Knox on his duos, Viola Spaces for Two) and video artist Ha Na Lee.
“Riveting” (NYTimes) cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto and Iceland Symphonies, among others, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the US, Europe and Asia. Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello on Centaur Records, she has performed in some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall. The press have described her as “charismatic” (NYTimes) and praised her performances for their “emotional intensity” (LATimes).
The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, Aetna Casualty & Surety, Alaska Airlines, Citi Community Capital, the Educational Legacy Fund, Hot Chocolate Fund, Moe and Susan Krabbe, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, the Merriman Family, Music4Life, Music Works Northwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, Peach Foundation, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, Seattle Pacific University, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Symphony Volunteers, the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Christine and Michel Suignard, Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation, Ten Grands Seattle, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, the U.S. Bank Foundation, UW Autism Center, Weill Music Institute, Wells Fargo Foundation, the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, the Wyman Youth Trust, and individual contributions to the Seattle Symphony Annual Fund.