Israel’s Avi Avital is leading a glorious revival of the mandolin in classical music, fueled by his “deep musicality” and “eye-watering virtuosity” (The New York Times). Playing music from the instrument’s first heyday in the 18th century, Avital’s rapid-fire plucks and sensuous strums leave no doubt as to why Vivaldi and others in his wake were attracted to this small but mighty instrument with a penetrating tone. The mandolin plays particularly well with others, a strength exploited in the fascinating Sinfonia concertante by Leopold Koželuch, Mozart’s peer and rival in Vienna. This group showcase for trumpet, mandolin, piano and bass explores the folksy charms and elegant strides of four unlikely partners.
*Please note that there is no pre-concert wine tasting at this 12 Noon concert.
Pre-concert activities begin 30 minutes prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 39 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital is one of the foremost ambassadors for his instrument. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory.
Pablo Rus Broseta is Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and Music Director of the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana. He is rapidly building a wide-ranging repertoire from Handel to John Adams, with a focus on the great symphonic repertoire.
Principal Bass Jordan Anderson has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Chamber Orchestra, and in recital around Washington state.
David Gordon, whose playing has been described as “spectacular” by the Chicago Tribune, is Principal Trumpet of the Seattle Symphony and Chicago's Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.
Korean American pianist Jessica Choe began her musical studies at the age of 3 in Seoul, Korea where she was a prize winner in several national piano competitions including the Samick National Piano Competition, the Korea Daily Times Piano Competition and the Korean Department of Education Music Competition.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.