This critically acclaimed [untitled] series explores new and contemporary works — all in the informal atmosphere of the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Pianist Cristina Valdés and members of the orchestra perform the works of four leading contemporary Latin American composers in an evening led by Associate Conductor Lee Mills and Conducting Fellow Lina Gonzalez-Granados.
Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2014, 2017 and 2019, Lee Mills is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted and energetic conductor. In his previous position as Resident Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, he led performances hailed as having a “sonority of unequalled liveliness and quality” (movimento.com), working alongside such artists as Simone Porter, Conrad Tao, Eliane Coelho and the Smetana Trio.
Praised for her "attention to orchestral colors" (OperaWire) and ability to create "lightning changes in tempo, meter and effect" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Lina Gonzalez-Granados has firmly established herself locally and abroad as a talented conductor of opera, classical, and contemporary music.
Considered one of today’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music, Cristina Valdés is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis. She has performed across four continents and in venues such as Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
Violinist Brittany Boulding has appeared as soloist with the Auburn Symphony, Cascade Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur (Cuba), Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spoleto USA.
After making his solo debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of 11, violinist Andy Liang went on to perform in Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Boston’s Jordan Hall by the age of 15. He began his violin studies with his father at the age of five, and has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top” radio program
A member of the Seattle Symphony viola section, Seattle native Mara Gearman also regularly performs at the Olympic, Methow and Eastern music festivals.
Cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at age 3 conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony, among others. In 2015 Chan was a chosen artist for Fondation Louis Vuitton's Classe d'Excellence du Violoncelle with renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and has a growing internet presence with over 6.1 million views. Nathan studied with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School, where he recently earned his Master of Music.
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.