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UW faculty composers featured in Oct. 23 Seattle Symphony [UNTITLED] performance

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on October 20, 2015 - 7:36am
  • UW Composers 2015-16
    UW Composition faculty, left to right: Huck Hodge, Joël-François Durand, Juan Pampin, Richard Karpen (Photo: Steve Korn).
  • Seattle Symphony Orchestra [UNTITLED]
    Seattle Symphony's [UNTITLED] series is a late-night casual concert series in the Grand Lobby of Benaroya Hall.

World premieres by faculty composers Richard Karpen, Joël-François Durand, and Huck Hodge are the focus of Seattle Symphony’s October 23 [UNTITLED] performance, the first of three concerts this season in the orchestra’s late-night new music series.

The pieces, commissioned by Seattle Music Director Ludovic Morlot, will be performed by a dressed-down coterie of Seattle Symphony players in the Grand Lobby of the Symphony’s downtown Seattle home.

Works on the program—Karpen’s Program Music; Durand’s Mundus Imaginalis; and Hodge’s pulse - cut - seethe – blur—address themes and subjects and influences ranging from the resonant tones of Indonesian music, the history of alchemy, journeys through internal realms, and the individual discoveries great art affords each listener.

I don't think that artists create,” Karpen writes in his notes accompanying Program Music. “I think that we discover and our artworks guide the audience through their own experiences of the discoveries.”

The concert furthers ongoing collaborative activities between Seattle Symphony and the School of Music, which in 2012 named Morlot affiliate professor and head of orchestral conducting.

Ticket information and more detail are available at Seattle Symphony’s website.