Seattle Symphony and music director emeritus Ludovic Morlot in Messiaen, Mahler, Sibelius, and more

Posted on: June 2, 2022

“A new chapter in Ludovic Morlot’s relationship with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra is underway,” writes Thomas May in Friday’s (5/27) Seattle Times. “Now holding the title of conductor emeritus, Morlot has chosen some unusual fare for his concerts on June 2 and 4: the orchestral epic ‘Des canyons aux étoiles …’ (‘From the Canyons to the Stars …’) by Olivier Messiaen, which will be presented in a multimedia presentation accompanied by video projections by Deborah O’Grady. Although his tenure as music director drew to a close three years ago, Morlot already has been back to Benaroya Hall earlier this season to lead four additional programs that had not originally been on his schedule—a consequence of COVID-19-related cancellations and the void left by the sudden resignation in January of then-music director Thomas Dausgaard…. SSO audiences have had an opportunity to hear Morlot’s latest thoughts on some of the most gripping works in the repertoire, including the darkly fatalistic Sixth Symphony of Mahler and Sibelius’ adventurous Second…. Poised to begin his new post as principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony in September, Morlot has been invited to return to Benaroya for three programs in the coming season, including for the opening-night concert.”