Seattle Symphony musicians take center stage in this elegant program. Resident organist Joseph Adam shows off the majesty of Benaroya Hall’s Watjen Concert Organ with Handel's Organ Concerto in F major, “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale.” A pair of cellos take a turn in the spotlight with Vivaldi’s sprightly Concerto for Two Cellos. And the lyrical qualities of the strings are showcased in Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, which radiates joy from beginning to end.
Renowned baroque conductor Nicholas McGegan returns to the Benaroya Hall stage to conduct a program featuring J.S. Bach's delightful Orchestral Suite No. 1 and Schubert's Fifth Symphony. Though Schubert was writing a full century after Bach, the baroque influence carries through. Schubert's Symphony No. 5 was strongly influenced by Mozart, who was in turn greatly influenced by Bach.
Pianist Inon Barnatan, hailed by The New York Times as "one of the most admired pianists of his generation," is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence and consummate artistry. He recently served for three seasons as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. In 2019, Barnatan recorded Beethoven’s complete piano concertos for Pentatone with conductor Alan Gilbert and London's Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, making him the perfect artist to bring to life Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto and also Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” Piano Concerto on the Benaroya Hall stage.