To me, one of the most exciting things Seattle Symphony does is the [untitled] series. looking through the upcoming season, the first [untitled] concert looks like a smash hit. Featuring Seattle Symphony chamber players performing contemporary classical superstar composers John Adams and Steve Reich alongside the lesser-known-but-quickly-rising Thomas Adès, this concert promises not to disappoint! Info here.
Of particular interest to me is Steve Reich’s Different Trains. This is a piece I experienced for the first time live (imagine that!) at a concert that was part of the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival several years ago. I had no idea what I was in for when I walked into Nordstrom Recital Hall that night, but I left a changed person. This piece, like many, is vastly better experienced live. I HIGHLY recommend braving the late-ish start time of this season’s first [untitled] show, Friday, October 13 and getting yourself in the room for Different Trains.
If you’d like a taste of what’s in store, check out this stellar performance by the Seattle-born Kronos Quartet.