Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is regularly heralded as one of the most perfect violin concertos ever written — a jewel in the crown of the repertoire. From its moody opening to the high-flying finale, Mendelssohn’s sparkling melodies and heroic bravura will be on full display in the capable hands of Seattle Symphony Concertmaster Noah Geller.
Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot returns to lead a program of enchanting and colorful scores. Seattle Symphony Principal Flute Demarre McGill takes center stage for Martin’s Ballade for Flute and Orchestra and Seattle Symphony Principal Harp Valerie Muzzolini showcases the full harmonic range of the harp with Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane. Honegger’s brooding Symphony No. 2 rounds out the program.
With her “technical brilliance” and “take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar” (The New York Times), Alisa Weilerstein is the perfect match for Shostakovich’s powerful Cello Concerto No. 2. Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot takes the podium for this compelling program, opening the evening with Caroline Shaw’s evocative, Haydn-inspired Entr’acte and concluding with Beethoven’s spirited Symphony No. 8.
Featuring spirited selections from our fall broadcasts on Seattle Symphony Live, this fire-themed family concert showcases artist stories from Seattle and across the globe. Learn what ignites a young musician’s passion to perform and be inspired to persevere through difficult times.