One of the most popular symphonies of all time, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 continues to enchant. In his musical postcard “From the New World,” Dvořák explores his understanding of African-American spirituals and transcriptions of Indigenous melodies — intermingled with the sounds of his native Bohemia and his own personal musical voice. The result: a cascade of majestic fanfares, longing melodies and lush harmonies that have captivated audiences for generations. This piece of American musical history sits perfectly alongside a new work by one of our country’s greatest living composers: John Adams' multiculturally-inspired I Still Dance.
Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.
Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 29-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for his “unfailingly consistent excellence” (International Piano) and celebrated as “a pianist who commands a comprehensive technical arsenal that allows him to thunder without breaking a sweat” (Chicago Tribune). A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in 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.
Thomas Dausgaard’s performances are sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun.