Leonard Bernstein understood the pulse of American life like no other composer, and his sassy, energetic scores still get our blood pumping. The Seattle Symphony brings Bernstein’s Broadway classic Wonderful Town to life with “Christopher Street,” “A Little Bit in Love,” “Ohio” and the “Conga!”
Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.
Ask the Artist
Ask the Artist to follow the Saturday night concert. Free with ticket purchase
1 hour, 44 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Among the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra have won three Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”
Benjamin Lulich is the newly appointed Principal Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony.
Indian-American actor and singer Sheila Houlahan has been seen on stage and screen around the world. Her most notable credits include performing the music of A.R. Rahman with him at the 2016 CES Intel Live Show in Las Vegas, winning an award with the Washington District Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2014, singing as a featured soprano soloist for the 2009 Salzburg Festival, playing the role of Optima Prime in the feature film Wallflower (produced by Paradigm Studios and set to release this year), and playing the role of Ghania (the villain’s henchwoman) in the new superhero TV show The Exceptionals. She received a Bachelor of Music in Operatic Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Houlahan is currently working on her first solo album and corresponding music video series.
Mezzo-soprano, Kristen Choi, has been hailed by Opera News as a “powerhouse in the making” for her portrayal of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly. In the 2017-2018 season she will make a role debut as Hermia in Virginia Opera's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Grammy Award-winning soprano Jessica Rivera is established as one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists before the public today. The intelligence, dimension and spirituality with which she infuses her performances on the great international concert and opera stages has garnered Ms. Rivera unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers.
Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess. A strong proponent of contemporary music, Kevin Deas was heard at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in a new production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in honor of the composer's eighty-fifth birthday, which was videotaped for worldwide release.
Hailed by the Seattle Times as “almost superhuman in musical effect”, Mr. Hauck maintains a busy and eclectic career, often specializing in sacred oratorio. Because of this life-long exposure to music as a “mother tongue”, Mr. Hauck has developed a reputation as a consummate musician, and he has stepped in frequently to learn new roles and music on short notice, and is frequently noted for his expressive capabilities in delivering the text of a song.
The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.
Support for Wonderful Town is generously provided by the Judith Fong Music Director’s Fund.