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When Mahler meets Ligeti: Seattle Symphony to close the season on a powerful note

Ludovic Morlot brings his sixth Seattle Symphony season to a close with a bold pairing of Gustav Mahler’s beloved Fifth Symphony and the eerily apocalyptic Requiem by György Ligeti. Concerts are June 22-24.

Saying a proper goodbye is an art.

Ludovic Morlot plans to conclude his current Seattle Symphony season with a lot more than a bang. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony ends with one of the most jubilant, pulse-quickening movements you’ll ever hear. But for the program’s opening half, the SSO will undertake its first-ever performance of György Ligeti’s wildly original and unsettling 1965 Requiem for orchestra, chorus and two female soloists. A setting of just three parts from the Latin Mass for the Dead, Ligeti’s Requiem is a masterpiece of the 20th century.

The juxtaposition of Ligeti and Mahler might seem “a little crazy,” Morlot said in a recent interview. “But…

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