While concertgoers may be more familiar with Beethoven’s symphonies, the composer considered his Missa solemnis to be his greatest achievement. Epic in scale and the sheer depth of musical expression, it stands out as a powerful witness to Beethoven’s belief that “music is a higher revelation than any philosophy.” Two centuries on, the Missa solemnis stands the test of time as a sublime rendering of humanity’s search for redemption.
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.
Born in Sweden, soprano Malin Christensson studied at the Royal College of Music. Recent highlights on the concert platform have included Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin, the Weihnachts-Oratorium with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Pinnock and the Mass in B Minor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Nelsons.
Widely praised for her musical intelligence and “expressive virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle), American mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle is quickly earning an international reputation as one of today’s most gifted and versatile mezzo-sopranos.
An honours graduate and choral scholar from New College, Oxford, Toby Spence studied at the Opera School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2011 Singer of the Year award. In concert, Toby has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi; Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle; San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano; Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev; London Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis; London Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and more.
Bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams enjoys a vibrant career on both the opera and concert stage. He is graced with a vocal versatility that allows him to present a repertoire ranging from the classics of Bach, Gluck, Handel, and Mozart through to more recent masters such as Britten, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Wagner with equal confidence.
The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.
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. Performances of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis are generously sponsored by the Nesholm Family Foundation.