The Seattle Symphony have announced their 2018/19 season, Ludovic Morlot’s eighth and final season as Music Director.
The season will include a focus on Debussy, and works by Beethoven, Bach and Ravel. Amongst others, newly commissioned works this season are a new piece woven into Heiner Goebbels’ multi-sensory production Surrogate Cities, Caroline Shaw’s Piano Concerto, and the US premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s At Swim-Two-Birds, written for Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley (who both make their Seattle debuts with the piece). The orchestra will also record works by Berlioz and Dalbavie.
Ludovic will conduct a total of 34 performances across the season, which sees debut visits for Nicola Benedetti, Viktoria Mullova and Kirill Karabits, and return visits for Alina Ibragimova and Inon Barnatan. Sir András Schiff returns for the symphony’s In Recital series, plus makes his play/direct debut with the orchestra in a programme of Bach, Beethoven and Bartók. As part of the orchestra’s Special Performances series, Michael Tilson Thomas brings his San Francisco Symphony to Benaroya Hall, performing MTT’s own Agnegram, plus Beethoven’s Eroica symphony and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3.
Ludovic said of the 2018/19 season, “For my final season as Music Director, we’ve woven together the many programmatic threads we started seven years ago into a true culmination of ideas. I’m thrilled to explore the music of Debussy in great depth, alongside repertoire that influenced his work, and together with those new French voices of Dusapin, Dalbavie and Durand. This season we will introduce so many new and diverse guest artists to Seattle, and I’m thrilled to embrace the voices of more women composers. When I think of my last season with this wonderful orchestra, it really feels like we’ve had a chance to work on all that we wanted and this beautiful season brings a sense of fulfillment to those dreams.”
Full details at seattlesymphony.org
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