Charles Ives Symphony No. 4 — an American Masterpiece

A major highlight of the season is Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 4 on January 29 and 31. Ludovic Morlot and three (!) other conductors will lead an expanded orchestra and chorale — nearly 150 musicians total — in this landmark work of American music. Drawing on New England folk songs, military marches, dance tunes and hymns, sometimes simultaneously to great effect, it’s a celebration of American musical styles and an unforgettable experience for the listener. Ludovic Morlot and KING FM host Dave Beck discuss it here.

And here’s Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, speaking about “the way things work” in this incredible American masterpiece.

The Seattle Symphony performs Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 4 on January 29 & 31.

The World Premiere of Mason Bates Cello Concerto With Joshua Roman

The Seattle Symphony commissioned or co-commissioned nine (NINE!) new works this season—one of those was the premiere of Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto with Joshua Roman last month here at Benaroya Hall.

Other upcoming premieres of Seattle Symphony commissions include the U.S. premiere of Yugo Kanno’s Revive, a Concerto for Koto and Shakuhachi, at Celebrate Asia on March 1st; and the world premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Divisions on April 23 & 25.

And if you love contemporary music, our [Untitled] series continues on February 13th and May 1st (featuring a world premiere by Trimpin!).