Soprano Renée Fleming Featured on Opening Night Concert
Gala Honors Board Chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly and husband Dale Chihuly
Season Launch Highlighted by Post-concert Gala at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, WA– Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony open a new season on September 16 with a spectacular opening night filled with old world elegance and new world vivacity. Grammy Award-winning soprano Renée Fleming joins the orchestra for a program that blends the beautiful world of opera with an atmospheric modern twist. Barber’s lively Overture to The School for Scandal will open the evening’s program followed by one of Fleming’s most requested pieces: Barber’s dreamy Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Seattle audiences will hear Fleming’s interpretation on colorfully dramatic arrangements of songs by the Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. The orchestra opens the top of the second half with Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino, followed by Fleming joining for Refice’s “Shadow of a Cloud,” Paolo Tosti’s “April,” Boito’s “The other night into the sea” from Mefistofele, and Catalani’s “Well then? I'll go far away” from La Wally.