Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoilles (“From the Canyons to the Stars”) takes inspiration from the rock spires, birdsong and night sky of Utah’s national parks. With Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot on the podium, the Seattle Symphony presents Messiaen’s starry-eyed journey through nature and the divine.
Following eight years as Music Director, Ludovic Morlot is now Conductor Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony. Morlot’s innovative programming encompassed not only his choice of repertoire, but theatrical productions and performances outside the traditional concert hall space.Under Morlot’s baton, 19 recordings were released under the Seattle Symphony Media label, the orchestra received ﬁve Grammy Awards, and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year.
Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards.
Deborah O’Grady is a fine art photographer and videographer with exhibitions and commissions from Stockholm to Buenos Aires and Washington DC to California. She has collaborated extensively with orchestras, including with the Saint Louis Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the United States Navy Band, creating live-synced video projections to accompany performances of Olivier Messiaen’s From the Canyons to the Stars.
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.
Ludovic Morlot’s position is generously underwritten as the Judith Fong Conductor Emeritus.