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Inside Thomas Dausgaard’s Sudden Departure From The Seattle Symphony

Yes, music directors quit all the time, but virtually never in the middle of a season and, in the modern era, not effective immediately. – Post Alley
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle Symphony, Thomas Dausgaard

Why Thomas Dausgaard Abruptly Quit The Seattle Symphony?

Dausgaard, 58, had seemed a good fit for his position, which he had held just since fall 2019. But he was separated from the acclaimed orchestra for much of 2020 and 2021 because of pandemic-related travel restrictions. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle Symphony, Thomas Dausgaard, Dausgaard

We Hardly Knew Ya: Dausgaard Abruptly Quits Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony music director Thomas Dausgaard has abruptly stepped down from his post, midway through his third season at the top of Seattle’s flagship orchestra. – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, Seattle, Seattle Symphony, Thomas Dausgaard

Clarinetist Anthony McGill Wins $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize

Mr. McGill was the Philharmonic’s first Black principal musician when he joined in 2014; he is currently its only Black player. He appears at David Geffen Hall and elsewhere as a concerto soloist, and is in a trio with his brother, Demarre McGill — the principal flute of the Seattle Symphony — and the pianist Michael McHale. In 2009, he performed at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Barack Obama, Mcgill, Seattle Symphony, Philharmonic, David Geffen Hall, Anthony McGill, Demarre McGill, Michael McHale, 09.15.20

Simon Woods Chosen As League Of American Orchestras Next Leader

Mr. Woods’s previous position ended just as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s season was about to begin last year. After building a reputation for innovation during his run as president of the Seattle Symphony from 2011 to 2017, he arrived in Los Angeles to follow Deborah Borda, who decamped to New York after a long, inspired run in California. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York, California, Los Angeles, Woods, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deborah Borda, Simon Woods, 04.03.20

American Arts Organizations Take Ad Hoc Approach To Coronavirus Response

In a vivid example of the ad hoc and highly inconsistent way arts organizations are dealing with the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus, the Seattle Symphony is operating as usual and played to large audiences over the weekend. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Symphony canceled all performances this week and next. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, 03.09.20

The Seattle Symphony’s Miraculous Reinvention (And Now New Challenges)

Ten years ago the Seattle Symphony was badly broken. Miraculously, a new leadership team emerged, the orchestra chased reinvention and its fortunes soared. Now that leadership has departed and there are big questions about what’s next. –
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle Symphony, 12.09.19

Seattle Symphony Opens New High Tech Space To Explore Future Of Music

The Constellation system relies on 62 overhead loudspeakers; 10 compact subwoofers; four floor box speakers; two PA speakers; 28 miniature overhead microphones; four handheld microphones; and four headset microphones. “While taking and creating a space that is very much trying to leverage this technology to open new possibilities, the room needed to feel like it could hold its own architectural character, in a way that wasn’t about just coming in and seeing all the gadgets on the ceiling,” – Ge...
Tags: Art, Audience, Seattle Symphony, 02.26.19

This Year’s Classical Grammy Nominations

The Seattle Symphony leads all orchestras with three nominations — two for its present music director, Ludovic Morlot, in Aaron Jay Kernis’ traditionally shaped Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes (in the classical instrumental solo and contemporary composition categories), and one for its future music director, Thomas Dausgaard, in Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (orchestral performance), a strong opening entry for a complete Nielsen cycle. There were no nominations for the Los Angeles ...
Tags: Art, Music, Nielsen, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot, Thomas Dausgaard, Aaron Jay Kernis

‘Les Troyens’ Starring Joyce DiDonato Is Gramophone’s Record Of The Year; Seattle Symphony Is Orchestra Of The Year

The Erato recording of Berlioz’s opera, co-starring Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stéphane Degout and Michael Spyres with John Nelson conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic, won the magazine’s top award. Orchestra of the Year, won by the Seattle Symphony, is a new prize chosen by public online vote. Conductor Neeme Järvi received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Baroque violinist Rachel Podger was named Artist of the Year.
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle, Seattle Symphony, Berlioz, Joyce DiDonato, John Nelson, Les Troyens, Neeme Järvi, 09.14.18, Marie Nicole Lemieux Stéphane Degout, Michael Spyres, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Rachel Podger

What Has Come Of The Wallace And Knight Foundations’ Grants To Expand Audience Engagement?

“Wallace has been methodically rolling out its findings in the intervening months, publishing case studies on Ballet Austin’s efforts to expand audiences for unfamiliar works, Seattle Symphony’s efforts in engaging new residents, and the Denver Center Theatre Company’s success in attracting younger attendees. A read of each these case studies underscores the complexity of the engagement challenge. … If it’s more cutting-edge tactical approaches you seek, … turn to the other end of the spectrum, ...
Tags: Art, Issues, Knight Foundation, Audience, Wallace, Seattle Symphony, Denver Center Theatre Company, Ballet Austin, 07.24.18

Seattle Symphony Names A New CEO

Krishna Thiagarajan is currently Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chief Executive. Thiagarajan has previously held executive positions in the U.S. with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Symphony in C. He will begin his new post on September 1, 2018.
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle Symphony, Thiagarajan, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, 06.18.18, Krishna Thiagarajan

How Homeless Youth Built A Score With (And For) The Seattle Symphony

Composer in residence Alexandra Garner worked with the youth over a few months. "The participants, she said, never wanted to talk much about whatever traumatic back stories they’d brought into the room. Instead, they wanted to make music about love and hope. 'In one way or another, they all said ‘just because we don’t fit […]
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle Symphony, Alexandra Garner, 05.18.18

Seattle Symphony Hires Thomas Dausgaard As Next Music Director

Meet the new boss, same as the old substitute boss: Dausgaard, a 54-year-old Dane who takes over from Ludovic Morlot in 2019, has been the SSO's principal guest conductor since 2014. "It was his 2015 Seattle Symphony Sibelius Festival performances," writes Melinda Bargreen, "that made the tall, silver-haired Dane a popular figure among the city's […]
Tags: Art, Dane, Music, Seattle Symphony, SSO, Ludovic Morlot, Thomas Dausgaard, 10.03.17, Dausgaard, Melinda Bargreen

Ludovic Morlot To Leave Seattle Symphony

“We were very aggressive about being relevant for the community we were in,” Morlot said. “We want people to feel that this symphony is their community orchestra.” But that part of his job, he said, “is crucial but sometimes exhausting” — the fundraising, the meetings, the oversight for educational programs and civic engagement.
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, 04.21.17, Morlot

Classical Grammy Nominations For 2017 Include Plenty Of Contemporary Music

And not just in the contemporary category, either. Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain and John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles are up for best opera recording (Higdon's up for best new composition as well). Among other nominees are the Seattle Symphony doing Dutilleux, Leila Josefowicz acing John Adams, Salonen and the LA Phil zinging Zappa, Third Coast Percussion banging out Reich, and Mason Bates performed by both MTT/San Francisco and Muti/Chicago.
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, Versailles, Reich, Mason Bates, Zappa, LA Phil, Seattle Symphony, Jennifer Higdon, Higdon, John Corigliano

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