Music Director Thomas Dausgaard made a triumphant return to the Seattle Symphony podium following 20 months’ absence due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The Seattle Times’ Melinda Bargreen writes of the 11 – 13 November concerts:

“Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony’s Danish music director, is back on the Benaroya Hall podium — much to the jubilation of the pumped-up, fully masked concertgoers and orchestra that assembled Thursday evening for his first concert of the season. …

“But the chance to return to Benaroya Hall, with an inspiring conductor, an eager orchestra, and a terrific program, made a minimal risk seem very worthwhile. …

“The long-awaited concert delivered a powerful musical statement, with Beethoven’s noble “Egmont” Overture and the mighty Symphony No. 1 of Brahms. In between came the soloist Alessio Bax, in a lyrical and unbelievably fleet-fingered account of the Piano Concerto No. 2 of Saint-Saëns. …

“Dausgaard entered the stage to a standing ovation, and gave a brief but obviously heartfelt speech about the joy of making music together again with the orchestra: ‘Music shows us what it means to be human,’ he observed. The orchestra played with eager energy and brilliance: clearly these musicians have spent the pandemic months practicing. Their commitment showed in every phrase of the music.

“Audience members seemed thrilled to be back in the hall listening to the full orchestra, with its music director and a first-rate soloist performing great music. …

“At Dausgaard’s direction, the Seattle Symphony offered free tickets to Thursday’s concert to first responders and health care workers, in gratitude for their efforts on behalf of the community.”

For more information on Thomas’ forthcoming concerts, please visit his schedule page.

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