Seattle Phil: Four Great Composer-Conductors, Jan. 23

Posted on January 18, 2016, 8:00 am
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On Saturday, January 23 at Benaroya Hall, Seattle Philharmonic will honor four composers who also happened to be impeccable on the podium. This member-owned, community orchestra has a reputation for intriguing programming that pairs canon classics with lesser-known works, and this concert, Four Great Composer-Conductors, is a perfect example.

The concept came from Artistic Director Adam Stern‘s decades-old desire to conduct Hungarian-born 20th-century composer Antal Doráti‘s Symphony No. 1; as Doráti is more renowned for his conducting prowess than his compositions, the theme of composer-conductors grew from this appreciation of his dual talents. Leonard Bernstein‘s West Side Story OvertureMendelssohn‘s The Hebrides Overture and Mozart‘s clarinet concerto K.622 (featuring soloist William Blayney) will complete the line-up. The evening will conclude, fittingly, with Doráti’s Symphony No. 1.

Tickets are $30 ($20 students and seniors) for this matinee performance. Get yours here.

Seattle Philharmonic’s “Four Great Composer-Conductors”

When: Saturday, January 23, 2 PM

Where: Benaroya Hall (200 University St.)

Claire Biringer is a Seattle-based music lover, educator and writer. She holds an MA in Music History from University of Washington, where her primary research involved contemporary opera and its social implications. She enjoys using music and writing to build communities and broaden minds.

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