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In the Spotlight: Trimpin, Stiefel & More

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Former Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence and a master sound sculpture, composer and MacArthur “Genius,” Trimpin is most known for creating sound installations at intersection of music and visual art. His diverse influences come together in his work Solo Flute, Eight Pottery Wheels and Assorted Vinyls. Andrew Stiefel’s Five Ways to Listen to a Mockingbird transforms the mockingbird's stolen song into a series of meditations on our changing cities and landscapes. To conclude the evening, you’ll experience two dynamic percussion works performed by Seattle Symphony guests, the arx duo.

Featuring Seattle Symphony musicians and guests

TRIMPIN: Solo Flute, Eight Pottery Wheels and Assorted Vinyls  
ANDREW STIEFEL: Five Ways to Listen to a Mockingbird
LEONARDO GOROSITO and RAFAEL ALBERTO: Seeds
STRAVINSKY: Piano Pieces

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Tuesday, 2 April, 2019 7:30PM

In the Spotlight: Schoenberg & Bach

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Few works of art have cultivated beauty and rationality with such devotion and patience as the compositions on this program. Starting with Schoenberg’s Woodwind Quintet, the first great product of his revolutionary new method that allowed 45 minutes of pristine music to evolve organically out of a single series of 12 pitches in ways that continually inspires a keen listener’s sense of memory and expectation. Two centuries earlier, Bach produced a similar ode to reason in his “Goldberg Variations,” a composition that extracts from the humblest of songs an hour’s worth of kaleidoscopic possibilities, including every manner of canon and counterpoint.

Featuring Seattle Symphony musicians

SCHOENBERG: Woodwind Quintet
J.S. BACH: “Goldberg Variations,” BWV 988 for String Trio

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Sunday, 14 April, 2019 5:00PM

The Symphony: French Composers

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What makes French music French? Throughout Music Director Ludovic Morlot’s tenure, the orchestra has explored the rich colors of French music. This season the orchestra highlights the music of Debussy and Ravel, along with creations by contemporary composer Marc-André Dalbavie. The conversation with University of Washington Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry Starr explores the wide-ranging, even universal, values to be found in music frequently categorized along nationalistic lines.

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Friday, 19 April, 2019 5:30PM

In the Spotlight: Heiner Goebbels

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Step into the energetic, immersive landscape of Germany’s Heiner Goebbels, a genre-bending composer and artist who makes every piece of music a theatrical sensation. Live performances of Goebbels’ intensely virtuosic chamber music are framed by video clips of large-scale works and fascinating conversation with the artist.

Heiner Goebbels, composer
Featuring baritone David Moss, pianist Cristina Valdés and Seattle Symphony musicians

HEINER GOEBBELS: Under Construction
HEINER GOEBBELS: Surrogate
HEINER GOEBBELS: Bagatellen

 

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Monday, 22 April, 2019 7:30PM

American Horizons

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Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence and clarinetist Derek Bermel curates an evening of music by some of today’s most ambitious American voices, featuring world premieres of new works composed for Octave 9 and performances by Seattle Symphony musicians.

VARÈSE: Poème Électronique
STEVE REICH: Vermont Counterpoint
NINA C. YOUNG: Spero Lucem
KALEY LANE EATON: New Work (World Premiere)
MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN: Sedna, Beneath the Sea
MASON BATES: White Lies for Lomax
DEREK BERMEL: Nine Revolutions (World Premiere)

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Sunday, 28 April, 2019 6:00PM

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