This Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 2012 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, The Seattle Symphony will perform a free community concert on the main floor at City Hall. New music director Ludovic Morlot will conduct the orchestra on Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Mayor Mike McGinn will welcome the symphony and concert attendees to City Hall.
Though the Seattle Symphony performs annually at City Hall, this will be Mr. Morlo’s first appearance. Last fall he was handed the batton by Gerard Schwarz who had served 26 years as the Symphony’s music director, most notably producing several high-quality recordings, growing the endowment and transitioning the Symphony into the highly regarded Benaroya Hall.
After highly successful last-minute substitute conductings of the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphonies Mr. Morlot won positive reviews and quickly become in high demand as a guest conductor. He was considered by most to be one of the few prized conducting talents in circulation when Seattle snapped him up.
A post-performance reception will follow Wednesday’s concert in City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room, where Morlot will share programming highlights from the symphony’s upcoming 2012-2013 season.
The concert is presented as part of the symphony’s Family, School & Community Programs, which are partially supported with funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.