In Friday’s (4/26) Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch writes, “The Seattle Symphony’s late-night ‘[untitled]’ series isn’t quite like anything else on the orchestral calendar. Dreamed up by Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot (‘Ludo’ to his colleagues), it happens in the Grand Lobby rather than the big concert hall at Benaroya. It offers experimental music rather than old chestnuts. And the pieces tend to be for small ensembles. ‘It feels sort of like an after-hours extra for the concert-goers,’ says Jordan Anderson, principal bass player for the Symphony, who took part in the first ‘[untitled]’ show back in October. ‘The lights are down. … There’s cocktails and wine. There’s kind of a low hum of chattering. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere.’ Anderson, along with the Symphony’s principal oboist Ben Hausmann and principal bassoonist Seth Krimsky, will premiere pieces they’ve written at Friday’s show, ‘[untitled]: New Expressions.’ Also on the program: British composer Anna Clyne’s ‘Roulette,’ a spooky piece for string quartet and electronics, and Cambodian composer Chinary Ung’s ‘Grand Alap,’ a twisting, nervous raga for cello, percussion and voices.” For more on Hausmann and other orchestra musicians who compose, check out “Local Talent” in the Fall 2012 issue of Symphony.

Posted April 26, 2013