Seattle Office of Film + Music


ORCHESTRAS IMPORTANT FOR CORPORATIONS TOO
August 13, 2010, 11:49 am
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Crosscut
The Seattle Symphony is taking steps to ensure its survival in this city. With the induction of the new conductor, Ludovic Morlot, and plans for a new concert hall, the Symphony is boldly making its mark on the city of Seattle. Of course art and music lovers are appreciative of the organization’s efforts to enhance the culture of the city, but the permanence of the Seattle Symphony is important for economic reasons as well. Writes David Brewster, “Corporations use symphonies not only to recruit executives (and their spouses and families) but as showcases for marketing to upscale and influential audiences. Serving on prestigious arts boards is a way for rising executives to test their public skills and to network. Orchestras well understand how to turn evenings at the symphony into carefully calibrated experiences, depending on donation levels, in social hierarchies at intermission time or in the conductor’s suite afterward.” To read the full article, follow the link.

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GET TO KNOW NEW SEATTLE SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR DESIGNATE LUDOVIC MORLOT
July 12, 2010, 1:03 pm
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Thirty-six-year-old French conductor Ludovic Morlot talks to KCTS 9’S Enrique Cerna about being the new Music Director Designate of the Seattle Symphony.
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GET TO KNOW NEW SEATTLE SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR…, posted with vodpod



TEEN TIX’S TEENY AWARDS ANNOUNCED
July 8, 2010, 12:02 pm
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Teen Tix
Teen Tix’s Teeny Awards are presented every Spring by the Teen Steering Committee based on member voting. The awards aim to empower young audiences, to reward youth-friendly programming choices, and to acknowledge those organizations where young audience members feel particularly welcomed and valued. In the realm of film and music, awards were given to NWFF and SIFF Cinema for Best Film of 2009-2010, EMP for Best Music Performance of 2009-2010 for SoundOff! 2010, Seattle Symphony for Best Seats in the House and Best Performing Arts Organization, and to SIFF for Best Film Organization. For a full list of participating organizations and to learn more about the TeenTix program, follow the link. Congratulations to all.

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LUDOVIC MORLOT NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
June 30, 2010, 12:14 pm
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New York Times
Frenchman Ludovic Morlot, who will become the next music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Gerard Schwarz will step down at the end of next season after 26 years as music director, and Mr. Morlot will assume the mantle in the fall of 2011 with a six-year contract. Born in Lyons, France, Mr. Morlot studied violin at the University of Montreal and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He applied to the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival as a conducting fellow, and was the only one chosen. He has guest conducted at the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony and others. Several players in the orchestras he has led described Mr. Morlot as a thoughtful, intuitive musician with a good sense of phrasing and a collaborative manner. Although Mr. Morlot has won positive reviews and is in high demand as a guest conductor, Seattle is taking something of a risk, because he has never had an orchestra of his own. Mr. Morlot said he felt no fear about that, “just pure excitement.” For further details, follow the link.

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FREE CONCERT TONIGHT SPOTLIGHTS GIFTED YOUNG, LOCAL COMPOSERS AT BENAROYA
April 26, 2010, 11:43 am
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Seattle Times
As the culmination to the 2010 Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, 10 local teenage composers will have their music premiered by Seattle Symphony musicians on Monday, April 26, at 8:00 pm. The annual recital is free and will take place at Benaroya Hall. Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz will host the event and interview each young composer prior to the performance of their work. Each young composer will briefly discuss the inspiration behind their piece, providing insight into the thoughts and musical ideas of classical music’s next generation.

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NY TIMES’ ARTS BEAT ON GERARD SCHWARZ’S FAREWELL SEASON AT SEATTLE SYMPHONY
February 4, 2010, 12:14 pm
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New York Times
Gerard Schwarz will bow out after 26 years as music director of the Seattle Symphony with a bang. The orchestra said on Thursday that next season, his last, would open with Schwarz conducting a concert featuring his son Julian playing the world premiere of a cello concerto by Samuel Jones and a work by the conductor himself, “The Human Spirit.” The program also includes Schwarz’s own arrangement of a suite from “Der Rosenkavalier” by Strauss. And the 2010-11 season will close with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “The Resurrection.”



CELLIST JOSHUA ROMAN WILL SIT IN WITH SEATTLE SYMPHONY
May 26, 2009, 11:26 am
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Seattle Times
Joshua Roman might be the former principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of Town Hall’s unique TownMusic series and a busy soloist equally enthusiastic about standard repertoire and contemporary composers. But on the street, he’s faced with at least one hassle familiar to any young guy. “What’s annoying is getting carded,” the boyish-looking 25-year-old says. That hasn’t stopped Roman from enjoying his vibrant, Morningside Heights neighborhood near Columbia University in New York City.