In light of the continuously changing global situation, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra has made the difficult decision to cancel the performance of "The Sounds of Primitive Magic": Orff's Carmina Burana. This cancellation prioritizes the health and safety of audiences, artists and staff while health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
To determine the final work of our season finale, the members of the Philharmonic were given several major works on which to vote. The winner: Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, surely the best-known and -loved choral work of the 20th century. The orchestra is joined by a trio of powerful soloists — soprano Linda Tsatsanis, countertenor José Luis Muñoz, and baritone Erich Parce — as well as two of the region's finest choral ensembles: the Seattle Symphony Chorale and the Northwest Boychoir (both under the direction of Joseph Crnko). Adding to the luster of the program is the local debut of eminent violinist Joanna Kurkowicz, the leading exponent of the violin music of Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), whose Violin Concerto No. 4 will round out the season's lineup of U. S. premieres.