"Moler" World Premiere | Seattle Symphony Commission
The Seattle Symphony Presented Five World Premieres by Up-and-Coming International Composers in Nine Days
The Seattle Symphony presented an extraordinary and adventurous display of new music in October with five world premieres, including two by female composers, in nine days at Benaroya Hall — all conducted by Music Director Ludovic Morlot. The Seattle Symphony commissioned Alexandra Gardner, Kenneth Hesketh, Arlene Sierra and Scott Teske to create four new works for its second annual Sonic Evolution concert on October 26. The Symphony’s critically acclaimed “Sonic Evolution” project creates a bridge between symphonic music and Seattle’s storied reputation as a launching pad for some of the most creative musicians on the popular music scene. In celebration of the past, present and future of Seattle’s musical legacy, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony commissioned three world-class composers to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands that launched from, or are related to, Seattle.
Arlene Sierra (born in the U.S., resides in London) writes about "Moler", “Working with an orchestra is an immense privilege for any young composer, but the chance to have a newly commissioned work premiered by the world-class Seattle Symphony is like a dream come true. In realizing brand-new scores by young composers with such assuredness, the Symphony provides not only a showcase for its own adventurousness, but also an important platform for new and interesting voices in classical music. I found the invitation to engage with Seattle's popular music in my own orchestral style, avoiding any quotation, to be a welcome challenge. It encouraged me (in a paraphrase of the Symphony's current tagline “Listen Boldly”) to ‘Write Boldly,’ knowing that the audience and setting would challenge expectations of what an orchestral concert could be.”
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