It seemed like a fun trip to New York City for the Seattle Symphony, who came as one of the visiting orchestras to Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival and decided to include a preamble, late-night gig at lePoisson Rouge, yesterday evening.
Ludovic Morlot, the orchestra’s conductor, led musicians of the orchestra in mixed ensembles, performing works ranging from Debussy and Varèse to Cage and Adams. While the tour bus was parked outside and waited for the supportive audience, consisting for the most part of members of the orchestra and their guests, the performers also introduced a piece by Vladimir Nikolaev.
The performance became especially lively, when, in an effort to point out the work’s – at times – ironic correlations, the performers gesticulated with strangely staged and boisterous moves. They also introduced a work by the young composer Angelique Poteat, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony as part of its educational programs’ efforts.
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Morlot (photo on right) continued humorously with an admonition to his orchestra’s members: despite enjoying the night out, to show up on time for their Carnegie Hall performance, the next evening.   Apparently they did.