Premieres & New Music

Be among the first in the world to hear music by some of today’s most forward-thinking artists. Thomas Dausgaard has programmed music by 25 contemporary composers representing the human experience from bold and diverse perspectives, including 11 world premieres. Discover music by Charles Corey, Reena Esmail, Janice Giteck, Elena Langer, Hannah Lash, Juan David Osorio, Angelique Poteat, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Composer in Residence Tyshawn Sorey.

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Premieres & New Music Events

Premieres & New Music Calendar

Schumann Piano Concerto

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 7:30PM

Schumann's Piano Concerto owes a great debt to his wife, the composer and pianist Clara Schumann. From the yearning first movement to the joyful finale, her influence can be heard throughout as the piano and orchestra dance together in a tightly woven choreography. Composed as a tribute to her mother, Anna Clyne's Within Her Arms is a somber, deeply felt meditation on life and loss for string orchestra. Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony revisits the awe he felt as a young man in Edinburgh, beholding the ruined castle of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Schumann Piano Concerto

Saturday, 26 October, 2019 8:00PM

Schumann's Piano Concerto owes a great debt to his wife, the composer and pianist Clara Schumann. From the yearning first movement to the joyful finale, her influence can be heard throughout as the piano and orchestra dance together in a tightly woven choreography. Composed as a tribute to her mother, Anna Clyne's Within Her Arms is a somber, deeply felt meditation on life and loss for string orchestra. Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony revisits the awe he felt as a young man in Edinburgh, beholding the ruined castle of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Chick Corea Rhapsody in Blue

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 7:30PM

Twenty-two-time Grammy-winning jazz legend, pianist and composer Chick Corea partners with the Seattle Symphony on George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. From the opening clarinet trill to the energized and rhapsodic piano passages, this beloved American classic melts in this master jazz pianist’s hands.

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Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Thursday, 14 November, 2019 7:30PM

Crippling self-doubt and scars from scathing reviews almost silenced Rachmaninov as a composer, but he fought his way back to create his rapturous Second Symphony, a work saturated with heart-wrenching beauty. In her new concerto, composer Angelique Poteat envisions a timely musical discourse in which the cello “strives to promote art, expression and free will in an orchestral swarm of oppression, close-mindedness and uncertainty.”

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