English organist Wayne Marshall is a triple threat in the classical music world, being a gifted conductor as well as a recitalist in both organ and piano. Marshall’s bustling recital appearances continue to take him across the globe, from Moscow to San Francisco to Seoul.
Michael Tilson Thomas marks his 24th year as music director of the San Francisco Symphony with a trip up the coast. This special Seattle program opens with Tilson Thomas’ own composition, the enchanting Agnegram, and showcases the orchestra’s expressive range with Beethoven’s game-changing Eroica Symphony.
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 honors Bach through structural patterns and telltale themes, resulting in a stunningly clear and refined swan song. Organist Wayne Marshall brings John Harbison’s Bach-inspired symphony to the Benaroya Hall stage.
Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio challenge the boundaries of musical possibility in two works of daring virtuosity. Boulez’s Sur incises is a riot of color, filled with spectacular energy and drama. Berio’s more introspective Circles reaches for new heights of expression, uniting sound and gesture into music of enigmatic beauty.