Guest conductor Gemma New joins the orchestra for a delightful program of Haydn and Prokofiev. Seattle Symphony Principal Cello Efe Baltacıgil shows off dazzling technique for Haydn’s well-loved C major Cello Concerto and the Symphony brings Prokofiev’s whimsical First Symphony to life on the Benaroya Hall stage.
New Zealand-born Gemma New is a leader among the new generation of conductors, sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence. Recipient of Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards in 2017 and 2019, New is currently Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony since fall 2011, Baltacıgil was previously Associate Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.
Seattle Symphony Live is generously sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun. Haydn Cello Concerto in C major and Efe Baltacıgil’s performance are generously supported by John R. Weiss. Gemma New's performance is generously supported by John Delo and Elizabeth Stokes.