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Our 2016-2017 Concert Season

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Reflections on Sound and Silence

Gloria Cheng, credit: Lefterisphoto.com
  • Redditio - Vykintas Baltakas
  • Chiffre II (Silence to be beaten) - Wolfgang Rihm
  • Concerto for Piano - Andrew Waggoner

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:00 PM
Interview with Andrew Waggoner at 7:30 PM
The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center
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Seattle Modern Orchestra opens its 2016-17 season with a concert featuring works by three composers who reflect on the past, both personal and cultural, to create an expressive piece of music for today. Both celebrated German composer Wolfgang Rihm and Lithuanian composer Vykintas Baltakas – winner of the 2003 Claudio Abbado International Composition Prize and the 2007 Ernst von Siemens Grants-in-aid Prize – recontextualize ideas from other works in their respective catalogs, with a language of gesture linking us to past traditions. Also on the program is the world premiere of American composer Andrew Waggoner’s Concerto for Piano, written for Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, conductor Julia Tai and the Seattle Modern Orchestra.

Solaris Vocal Ensemble with Seattle Modern Orchestra

  • Thirst - Julia Wolfe
  • Choral Riffs - Stuart Dempster
  • selected choral works - Robert Erickson

Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:30 PM
Meany Studio Theater at Meany Hall
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Seattle Modern Orchestra collaborates with University of Washington’s Solaris Vocal Ensemble in a unique performance of American composer Julia Wolfe’s Thirst. Also on the program, vocal works by Dempster and Erickson.

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Double Portrait - Erickson/Dempster

Stuart Dempster
  • The Idea of Order at Key West - Robert Erickson
  • General Speech - Robert Erickson
  • Pacific Sirens - Robert Erickson
  • Milanda Embracing - Stuart Dempster
  • S.M.O.R.E.S. - Stuart Dempster

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8:00 PM
Interview with Stuart Dempster at 7:30 PM
The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center
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Robert Erickson

Seattle Modern Orchestra celebrates the centennial of American composer Robert Erickson and the 80th birthday of legendary Seattle trombonist and composer Stuart Dempster. Erickson (1917-1997) crystallized the American pioneering spirit in music. He was one of the first American composers to explore Schoenberg’s twelve-tone system, experimented with custom-made percussion instruments and instrumental extended techniques, and worked extensively with sounds recorded on tape with or without live performers. The three works on this program give a glimpse into this underrated American artist. Erickson will be paired with another pioneer, Stuart Dempster, whose motto is to "put ‘play’ back in playing music." SMO will feature both precomposed and improvised works of his, including a world premiere written for SMO, titled S.M.O.R.E.S.

Mystic Clarinet - featuring Carol Robinson

Carol Robinson
  • Rites - William O. Smith
  • Ko-Lho - Giacinto Scelsi
  • Kya - Giacinto Scelsi
  • Archipel… en résonnant à Venise… - Jeremy Jolley

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:00 PM
Interview with Carol Robinson at 7:30 PM
The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center
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For its season finale concert, Seattle Modern Orchestra collaborates with Paris-based clarinetist Carol Robinson in a program centered around Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. Robinson worked closely with this enigmatic composer on his works. She will premiere a new work by SMO co-artistic director Jérémy Jolley, and celebrate the 90th birthday of renowned Seattle clarinetist/composer William O. "Bill" Smith.