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Our 2013-2014 Concert Season

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Open Form...

Graphic Score
  • Event: Synergy II - Earle Brown
  • Shendos No. 12 - Tom Baker
  • Coeur Pour Batteur - Sylvano Bussotti
  • Zyklus - Karlheinz Stockhausen

Friday, November 22, 2013, 8:00 PM
The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center
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Seattle Modern Orchestra opens its season with an exploration of musical pluralism in Open Form. This concert features music that allows the performers to change the form at each reading, which means that no two performances are ever the same! Works by Earle Brown, Sylvano Bussotti, a rare performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Zyklus by percussionist Bonnie Whiting Smith, and a world premiere by Seattle composer Tom Baker commissioned by SMO.

21st Century Cello!

Two concerts featuring French cellist Séverine Ballon

Séverine Ballon
  • Pression - Helmut Lachenmann
  • Parjanya-Vata - James Dillon
  • Invisibility - Liza Lim
  • Detto II - Sofia Gubaidulina
  • Epicycle - Iannis Xenakis

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 8:00 PM
PONCHO HALL, Cornish College of the Arts
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  • Ricercare una melodia - Jonathan Harvey
  • New Work - Jérémy Jolley
  • Chant - Jonathan Harvey
  • IRE - Rebecca Saunders

Friday, February 21, 2014, 8:00 PM
The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center
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The cello has a long history of rich repertoire - one that continues to this day. Come explore how modern composers use the cello to create new forms of expression. SMO is pleased to introduce French cellist extraordinaire Séverine Ballon to Seattle, who will perform contemporary works by quintessential composers of our century in two back-to-back concerts. Join us to discover the cello's new identity in the 21st century, as performed by one of the world's most innovative performers!

Musical Commentaries

Franco Donatoni
  • Tracking Pierrot - Earle Brown
  • Le Tombeau de Rameau II - Joël-François Durand
  • Tema - Franco Donatoni

Friday, June 13, 2014, 8:00 PM
The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center
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A concert of Music on Music! The best way a composer can pay tribute to, comment on or criticize a piece is to write another piece of music in response. SMO will present three composers that have entered into a dialogue with another composer's work: Earle Brown's Tracking Pierrot – a tribute to Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, UW Faculty member Joël-François Durand's Tombeau de Rameau II – a deformation/expansion of Rameau's Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts, and Franco Donatoni's Tema, in which he further develops ideas from a previous work of his own, Ruisseau dans l’escalier.

...and a special collaboration!

Don't miss our special concert with Irish violist Garth Knox, as we perform Jonathan Harvey's Jubilus for viola and chamber instruments. The concert will be held at Meany Hall on October 22nd at 7:30 pm. Buy tickets online today!