Seattle Symphony Music Director Designate Thomas Dausgaard and President & CEO Krishna Thiagarajan announce the Grammy-winning orchestra’s 2019–2020 season, charting the course for a new artistic partnership and a new era in the orchestra’s history. The season’s programs reflect Dausgaard’s strong desire for the orchestra’s sound to reflect and represent humanity, as well as his deep curiosity about the creative process. In addition to featuring several dozen living composers, and composers who have been left out of the traditional symphonic canon, Dausgaard has invited the community at large to participate in music-making as artists, composers and performers.

“I’m thrilled to join the Seattle Symphony on a journey that reflects our world and the pressing issues of our time,” shares Dausgaard. “It is my dream for our musicians and our audiences to feel a joint ownership of this orchestra, reveling in our performances and the joy and richness of classical music and the voices of today. In many of our programs, and especially our Beethoven 2020 Festival, our orchestra will be a means for our community to tell its story. We want the Seattle Symphony to be a source of life and vitality, offering spiritual experiences which inspire on many levels and where each program expresses something about who we are. I can’t wait to get started.”

“We are so inspired by Thomas Dausgaard’s expansive vision for community, youth and making great art more accessible for everyone,” comments Thiagarajan. “His first season of programs will take us on an extraordinary journey of human expression, from the traditional and familiar to the bold and innovative. Next month we’ll open our new immersive venue, Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center, making even more experimentation and growth possible with Thomas in the years ahead. As we prepare to embrace new artistic leadership, we also express immense gratitude to Ludovic Morlot for our eight-year partnership which has elevated the orchestra to international recognition, while strengthening our community bonds. We also thank our incredible audiences and community for their support and invite everyone to join us at Benaroya Hall next September as we usher in a new chapter for Seattle with Thomas as our Music Director.”

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Single tickets on sale August 3, 2019