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“I will never achieve this again”: Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony

An ardent pacifist and humanist, German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann's abhorrence for his country's actions during World War II resulted in compositions that were cries for justice and brotherhood; one work was described as "a protest against what Zimmermann perceived as the 'racial hatred' he saw poisoning society." In his last work, Ich wandte mich und sah an geschah unter die Sonne ("And turning around me, I saw all the injustice under the sun"), the composer employs texts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov to create a harrowing indictment of the suppression of freedom and lack of compassion for one's fellow man. The Philharmonic's season closes with a return to the music of Saint-Saëns – a work in which even the modest composer knew he had surpassed himself, the radiant "Organ" Symphony. A handful of Seattle's leading performers share the stage for this program, including actors Terry Edward Moore and Leslie Law, baritone Charles Robert Stephens, and organist Joseph Adam.


Upcoming Concert:

“The sounds of primitive magic”: Orff’s “Carmina Burana”

June 6, 2020 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

To determine the final work of our season finale, the members of the Philharmonic were given several major works on which to vote. The winner: Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, surely the best-known and -loved choral work of the 20th century. The orchestra is joined by a trio of powerful soloists — soprano Linda Tsatsanis, countertenor José Luis Muñoz, and baritone Erich Parce — as well as two of the region's finest choral ensembles: the Seattle Symphony Chorale and the Northwest Boychoir (both under the direction of Joseph Crnko). Adding to the luster of the program is the local debut of eminent violinist Joanna Kurkowicz, the leading exponent of the violin music of Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), whose Violin Concerto No. 4 will round out the season's lineup of U. S. premieres.

Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall houses two performance halls in a complex that is thoroughly integrated into downtown Seattle. Occupying an entire city block at the very core of the city, the development celebrates the vital role of performance events while maintaining the continuity of commercial life along one avenue and providing a much-needed public space, in the form of a terraced garden, along another.

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BACEWICZ

Violin Concerto No. 4 (U. S. premiere)
• Joanna Kurkowicz, violin

ORFF

Carmina Burana
• Linda Tsatsanis, soprano
• José Luis Muñoz, countertenor
• Erich Parce, baritone
• Seattle Symphony Chorale and
Northwest Boychoir (Joseph Crnko, director)


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