Pianist Tengku Irfan joins the orchestra to transport audiences to a world of youthful enchantment with Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto, exuding the composer's carefree attitude and sassy swagger. Seattle Symphony Principal Trumpet David Gordon offers witty interjections to the piano passages in this impish work by Shostakovich. Guest conductor Joseph Young continues the festive atmosphere with Haydn's popular London Symphony, full of bold statements and jaunty folk tunes.
Praised for his suavely adventurous programing, Joseph Young is increasingly recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors of his generation.” He is the Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony, Artistic Director of Ensembles for the Peabody Conservatory, and Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall. Joseph is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008 and 2014.
Malaysian-born Tengku Irfan has appeared around the world as a pianist, composer and conductor and has been praised by The New York Times as “eminently cultured” and possessing “sheer incisiveness and power”.
David Gordon, whose playing has been described as “spectacular” by the Chicago Tribune, is Principal Trumpet of the Seattle Symphony and Chicago's Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.
Seattle Symphony Live is generously sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun. Principal Trumpet David Gordon's performance on October 15 is generously underwritten by Robert and Sue Collett.