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The Music of John Adams

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With the composer conducting, pianist Jeremy Denk tangles with John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, a funky and diabolically tricky piano concerto. Partly inspired by films produced in Hollywood during the late forties, Adams’ City Noir moves between restless pockets of energy and surging, cinematic melodies.

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Thursday, 6 January, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 8 January, 2022 8:00PM

Avi Avital The Four Seasons

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Avi Avital is leading a revival of the mandolin in classical music, fueled by his “deep musicality” and “eye-watering virtuosity” (The New York Times). Through a program celebrating the mandolin’s heyday in the 18th century, Avital takes us down the canals of Venice with traditional gondolier songs and into the court with a fresh interpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

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Thursday, 13 January, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 15 January, 2022 8:00PM

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Sunday, 16 January, 2022 2:00PM

EO9066

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We mark the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which saw the internment of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans during the Second World War, indelibly changing their lives and our region — the effects of which are still felt today. Thomas Dausgaard is joined by Seattle-born composer/multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi in a heart-rending exploration of their story.

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Thursday, 27 January, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 29 January, 2022 8:00PM

Dausgaard Sibelius Symphony No. 1

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Thomas Dausgaard begins a two-year Sibelius Cycle with the composer’s First Symphony. Sibelius wrote surely the greatest ‘First’ ever — packed with transcendent soundscapes. A new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid responds to Sibelius, and Garrick Ohlsson performs a seldom-heard and delightful romantic concerto.


ABOUT THE SIBELIUS CYCLE

Music Director Thomas Dausgaard brings his Nordic roots and unique insights to the music of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This two-year Sibelius Cycle will explore all seven of Sibelius’ symphonies over two seasons, plus the rarely performed, original version of his Violin Concerto; each symphony will be paired with exciting Seattle Symphony commissions and world premieres by contemporary composers.

Sibelius drew his inspiration from Finland’s enchanting natural wonders that mirror our own Pacific Northwest: glacial lakes, evergreen forests, sea breezes, migrating birds, long summer days and dark, sun-starved winters. This deep love of nature, with its ethereal beauty and creative inspiration, translates to the stage through Dausgaard’s own passion and reverence for the natural world that surrounds us.

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Thursday, 3 February, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 5 February, 2022 8:00PM

Songs of the Earth

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Thomas Dausgaard conducts music reflecting on the end of life. Mahler was inspired by Chinese poetry for his valedictory masterwork, Das Lied von der Erde. George Walker offers introverted and deeply personal reflections on four spiritual melodies in Folksongs for Orchestra. His Lyric for Strings, a touching tribute to the memory of his grandmother, is one of his best-loved works.

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Thursday, 10 February, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 12 February, 2022 8:00PM

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Sunday, 13 February, 2022 2:00PM

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