First of three 2017-18 Seattle Symphony [untitled] concerts: Adès, Reich, John Adams

Posted on: October 13, 2017

The Seattle Symphony’s October 13 concert in its “informal, inexpensive and late-night ‘[untitled]’ showcase for contemporary-classical music, set in the lobby of Benaroya Hall, will be bookended by compositions inspired by locomotives and cars,” writes Tom Keogh in Monday’s (10/9) Seattle Times. “Up first is John Adams’ 1995 ‘Road Movies,’ a minimalist, three-part piece for violin and piano. The concert closes with Steve Reich’s 1988 ‘Different Trains’ for string quartet and recorded sounds and voices. Between the two is … Thomas Adès’ 1993 song ‘Life Story’ for soprano and trio, with text derived from Tennessee Williams’ dark 1937 poem of the same title…. The series tends to draw young adults used to being out late on a Friday night, perhaps curious about an unusual music happening. ‘There’s a laid-back atmosphere,’ says Mae Lin, Seattle Symphony violinist who will be joined by pianist Jessica Choe on ‘Road Movies.’ ‘It’s club-like and appeals to people open to new, different and sometimes strange music…. I think it’s one of the most exciting and interesting things we’ve done.’ … There are three ‘[untitled]’ concerts this season, with an all-Russian program on April 27 and music by Mason Bates and Chris Rogerson on June 15.”

Posted October 13, 2017