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LUDOVIC MORLOT AND THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY GIVE TWO SIDE-BY-SIDE CONCERTS THIS SPRING

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Friday, 23 January, 2015

Weekend of Rehearsals with Seattle Youth Symphony Culminates in Concert on January 25 at Benaroya Hall

Symphony Performs Side-by-Side Concert with University of Washington Symphony Orchestra on April 24

Both Concerts Free and Open to the Community

This spring, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will give two side-by-side concerts with student orchestras in the region. Side-by-side concerts feature young orchestra musicians joined by their Seattle Symphony counterparts on stage. A part of Morlot and Symphony musicians’ dedication to nurturing the next generation of musicians in the community, side-by-sides give young artists an opportunity to play with and learn from professional musicians and mentors. These performances follow three other side-by-side concerts that took place last fall with high school and amateur orchestras in the area. 

The first concert with Seattle Youth Symphony (SYSO) will take place this Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m. at Benaroya Hall. Ludovic Morlot and SYSO Music Director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe will lead the orchestras in a concert featuring music by Chabrier, Tchaikovsky and Hindemith. Later in April, Morlot, joined by David Alexander Rahbee, Music Director of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, and Tigran Arakelyan, doctoral student under the mentorship of Morlot and Rahbee at the University of Washington, will lead the Seattle Symphony and the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra in a free concert at Meany Hall. The concert will include works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Debussy, Dukas and Ravel. See below for full concert program details. 

The January 25 side-by-side concert is the culmination of an intensive weekend “boot camp” led by Seattle Symphony musicians. On Saturday January 24, SYSO and Seattle Symphony musicians will be immersed in a full day of rehearsals, sectionals, and share lunch together at Benaroya Hall. The concert on January 25 is free and open to the community, however tickets are required for the concert and should be reserved by calling the Seattle Symphony box office at 206.215.4747 or email: tickets@seattlesymphony.org. 

The side-by-side concert on April 24 will take place at Meany Hall at the University of Washington, where Ludovic Morlot has served as Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies in the School of Music since 2013. In this capacity, Morlot makes five to seven appearances at the University each year, leading classes and seminars in conducting. Students in the program also attend Seattle Symphony rehearsals throughout the season as part of their training under Morlot. This concert is also free to the community. Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. To reserve tickets, send a request with your name, address, and phone number and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the ArtsUW Ticket Offce, 1313 NE 41st St., Seattle WA 98105. Limit two tickets per request. Tickets may also be requested in person or by phone at 206.543.4880. In order to receive your tickets by mail, please send your request with SASE by Friday, April 10. After that date, tickets will be left at Will Call. 

About Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras 

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) has a tradition of life-changing excellence and innovation. Founded in 1942 the Seattle Youth Symphony is one of the premiere youth orchestras in the nation. Made up of the finest young classical musicians in the region and led by Music Director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, the Seattle Youth Symphony delivers performances of professional caliber with the unrivaled energy and passion of youthful artistry. 

About University of Washington Symphony Orchestra 

The top orchestral ensemble at UW, the UW Symphony Orchestra performs major symphonic literature. Music majors audition for seating at the start of each academic year; seating rotates throughout the year. Non majors are welcome to audition as well. Open to both undergrads and graduate students. Led by Director of Orchestral Activities David Alexander Rahbee, the orchestra performs six or more concerts per year, with well-known soloists, collaborates with Affiliate Professor of conducting Ludovic Morlot, and with local professional organizations such as the Seattle Symphony and Pacific MusicWorks, as well as yearly collaborations with the UW Choirs. From time to time during the year, the orchestra may be split into smaller groups to form groups which perform under the title Chamber Orchestra. 

About Seattle Symphony 

Founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 300,000 people. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community-engagement programs reach over 100,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season, including John Luther Adams’ recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. The orchestra has made more than 140 recordings and has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media. 

Concert Programs 

Seattle Youth Symphony Side-by-Side 
Sunday, January 25, at 2 p.m. 
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium-Benaroya Hall 

Ludovic Morlot, conductor 
Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, conductor 
Seattle Youth Symphony 
Seattle Symphony 

EMMANUEL CHABRIER 
España 
STEPHEN ROGERS RADCLIFFE, CONDUCTOR 
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY 

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 
LUDOVIC MORLOT, CONDUCTOR 
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY 
SEATTLE SYMPHONY 

PAUL HINDEMITH 
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber 
LUDOVIC MORLOT, CONDUCTOR 
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY 
SEATTLE SYMPHONY 

University of Washington Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side 
Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. 
Meany Hall at the University of Washington 

Ludovic Morlot, conductor 
David Alexander Rahbee, conductor 
Tigran Arakelyan, conductor 
The University of Washington Symphony Orchestra 
Seattle Symphony 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 
Egmont Overture, Op. 84 
DAVID ALEXANDER RAHBEE, CONDUCTOR 
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 

IGOR STRAVINSKY 
Suite from Pulcinella 
LUDOVIC MORLOT, CONDUCTOR 
SEATTLE SYMPHONY 

INTERMISSION 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY 
Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune ("Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun") 
TIGRAN ARAKELYAN, CONDUCTOR 
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 

PAUL DUKAS 
Fanfare from La Péri 
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRASS SECTION 

MAURICE RAVEL 
Ma Mère l'Oye ("Mother Goose") Suite 
LUDOVIC MORLOT, CONDUCTOR 
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
SEATTLE SYMPHONY 

The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Boeing Company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Inc., the Elizabeth McGraw Foundation, the Fales Foundation Trust, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Peach Foundation, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, the Schiff Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Ten Grands Seattle, the U.S. Bank Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Wyman Youth Trust.

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