While the Seattle Modern Orchestra is a relatively new ensemble about which not much is known, this much is clear—if it’s “modern,” “contemporary” or simply put, underperformed and misconstrued, this ensemble is out to set the record straight. The orchestra—which is a bit of a revolving door of college faculty, Seattle Symphony players, and freelancers—performs the works of 20th century giants such as Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis, and György Ligeti. Co-directed by conductor Julia Tai and composer Jeremy Jolley, the orchestra figures to be a mainstay of the Seattle classical music scene for years to come, not only through performance but also via radio talks, lectures, and more.
Seattle Modern Orchestra Information
- Venues: PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 East Roy Street; Meany Concert Hall, University of Washington, 3901 University Way NE.
- Performance/Programs: Three programs per season.
- Ticket Prices: PONCHO concerts—$18 in advance; $20 at the door; $10 for Students, Seniors, and Cornish Alumni. Meany concerts–$15, Regular; $10, Students and Seniors.