Seattle Symphony


Benaroya Hall
200 University Street, Downtown Seattle, Seattle

When Joshua Bell pours his heart through his fingers and into his Stradivarius, every note feels like a private confession from him to you. He applies that poetic touch to the timeless elegance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, an understated masterpiece that demands total transparency and vulnerability from the soloist and orchestra alike. Haydn’s Symphony No. 102, composed for adoring fans in London, stands as a worldly, confident dispatch from a master at his absolute peak. Such pristine works might be daunting companions for most living composers, but the supple lyricism of Hava places Lotta Wennäkoski of Finland within that same class of fine-grained, exacting craft.


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