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Dausgaard Leads Masterworks Season Concerts Featuring Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” March 10, 12 and 13. Also includes Pianist Boris Giltburg Performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major
 March 3, 2016

Seattle, WA—The Seattle Symphony is pleased to announce the extension of Thomas Dausgaard’s appointment as its Principal Guest Conductor for an additional three years.  Dausgaard is currently in the second year of his three-year contract, which concludes at the end of the 2016–2017 season. The new contract will be effective starting from the 2017–2018 season through the end of the 2019–2020 season.

“This is wonderful news that we can continue our collaboration with our great friend and colleague Thomas Dausgaard,” said Music Director Ludovic Morlot. “Thomas is an outstanding musician who brings such a beautiful range of music, great performances and inspiring ideas that are being embraced by our orchestra with extraordinary enthusiasm.”

“I am thrilled to be extending my collaboration with the Seattle Symphony as their Principal Guest Conductor,” says Thomas Dausgaard. “We have had wonderful times together over the past two seasons, from our three-week Sibelius Festival to Mahler’s 10th Symphony last autumn, and each time I come back here I am struck by the passion, commitment and excellence of the musicians and the whole Seattle Symphony team.  The continuation of our work together gives us a fantastic opportunity to deepen our music-making, which I look forward to sharing with the great Seattle audience in the years to come.”

Thomas Dausgaard will return to Seattle next week to lead performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), Op. 4 for string orchestra on the Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season. Click here to watch a video of Dausgaard as he discusses this piece. The concerts will also include Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 in G major as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 featuring Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg.

Concert tickets start at $21 and can be purchased online at, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony’s iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple’s App Store or Android’s App Store.



Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano
Seattle Symphony

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN                       Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART        Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG                        Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), Op. 4, (1943 revision)

Pre-concert Talk one hour prior to performance.

Ask the Artist after the concert on Thursday, March 10, in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby with Thomas Dausgaard and Boris Giltburg, moderated by Ruth Reinhardt, following the concert.

Boris Giltburg’s performances are generously underwritten by Douglas F. King through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.

Thomas Dausgaard is Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) and Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its Principal Conductor from 2004–2011. He is renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.

He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including in Europe the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; in North America, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the Montreal Symphony; and in Asia and Australia the New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies. Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, Mostly Mozart and Tanglewood.

As a recording artist, he enjoys long-standing relationships with the BIS and Da Capo labels and has made well over 50 CDs, including complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rued Langgaard.  Future recording plans include a Brahms cycle for BIS, and a disc for Da Capo of the works of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Thomas Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. Currently he lives in Denmark with his family.

About the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.


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