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Ludovic Morlot on Beethoven: The Journey From Darkness to Light
Wednesday, March 22
Dave Beck visits backstage at Benaroya Hall with music director Ludovic Morlot, who reflects on the SSO’s latest Grammy Award-winning recording and other recent highlights in the life of the orchestra. Plus, Ludovic shares his thoughts on the conclusion this week of the SSO’s two-year cycle of Beethoven symphonies and concertos. The cycle concludes with SSO performing Beethoven 5th Symphony March 23 and 25. Also on the program, “Memorial to Lidice” by Bohuslav Martinu , Beethoven’s “Creatures of Prometheus” Overture, and Betrand Chamayou appearing as soloist in Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto.
In his notes for the Masterworks Concerts Ludovic Morlot says: “The program is an exploration of ideas surrounding music in the time of war, the journey from darkness to light and how each of us addresses that journey.” It is the Beethoven 5th Symphony with its strife-torn first movement and exultant finale that gives this journey its most vivid musical expression.