One of the most popular composers of all time takes center stage as the orchestra performs Beethoven’s bold and playful Symphony No. 1. Since being named the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year at 17, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has rocketed to the upper echelons of classical music. Like his heroes Jacqueline du Pré and Bob Marley, Kanneh-Mason has a special gift for crossing musical barriers and social divisions with his magnetic artistry. See this artistry at work as he takes on Tchaikovsky’s beloved Rococo Variations.
Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 25 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Ruth Reinhardt began studying violin at an early age and sang in the children's chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater, Saarbrücken's opera company.
Only eighteen years old, Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s international career is developing very quickly and is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason's performances are generously underwritten by Grant and Dorrit Saviers through the Seattle Symphony's Guest Artists Circle.