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Season Concert


Efe Baltacıgil, cello
November 5, 2023
3:00 pm
Mount Baker Theatre


Anthony DiLorenzo | Anthem of Hope
Fazıl Say | Concerto for Cello and Orchestra "Never Give Up", Op. 73
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"

Experience a powerful and inspiring afternoon in celebration of hope and the resilience of the human spirit!

The program begins with contemporary composer Anthony DiLorenzo’s Anthem of Hope, commissioned by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston in the days immediately following Hurricane Harvey. The melodic anthem, subtitled Houston Strong, was composed to celebrate the resilience of the people of Houston in the aftermath of this devastation and to help the community heal together. DiLorenzo is an Emmy Award-winning composer, trumpet soloist, and Grammy-nominated recording artist whose compositions have seen success in the concert hall and in film since the 1990s.

Next, cellist Efe Baltacıgil joins the orchestra for contemporary composer Fazıl Say’s powerful Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. Also known as “Never Give Up,” Say’s concerto was written in response to terror attacks in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe. Say describes the work as “an outcry for freedom and peace.” The concerto tells the story with sections of percussion that mimic the chaos of the attacks and performance instructions such as “like a scream” juxtaposed with hopeful Turkish folk-like melodies and the sounds of rivers and birds from the orchestra.

Efe Baltacıgil currently serves as the Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony and performs as a soloist across the globe, recently making his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle alongside his brother Fora. Mr. Baltacıgil plays a Francesco Rugieri cello made in Cremona in 1680 and given to him by a Turkish sponsor.

Finally, the afternoon concludes with Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. The “Pathetique” symphony—meaning “passionate” in this context—is considered one of the greatest symphonies in history and the most powerful testament of a composer. Composed in 1893, Symphony No. 6 was Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, and Tchaikovsky himself led the premiere just 9 days before his death.

We hope to see you at the Theatre for this moving program!

“Mr. Baltacigil’s tone was warm, rich and a little throaty in a pleasant way, like a good Scotch.”
-New York Times

Of Note

In December 2016, composer and pianist Fazıl Say was awarded the International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, Peace, Freedom, Poverty Reduction and Inclusion.

Tchaikovsky said of his Sixth Symphony: “Without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.” (San Francisco Symphony).

Composer Anthony DiLorenzo attended The Curtis Institute of Music and participated in festivals such as Tanglewood where he received the Harry Shapiro Award for outstanding musician and was nominated by Leonard Bernstein for an Avery Fischer Career Grant Award.

Discover More

WATCH: Efe Baltacıgil: Meet the Musicians, Seattle Symphony

WATCH: Efe Baltacigil & Mari Yoshinaga | Improvisation, Classical King’s Northwest Focus Live

WATCH: Camille Thomas - Voice of Hope - Fazil Say "Never Give up" (Trailer) with English & German subtitles

LISTEN: Anthony DiLorenzo’s Anthem of Hope

READ: Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 in B minor ('Pathétique'), Classic FM

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Tickets: $15 to $52

A Pre-Concert Lecture about the program will take place at 2:15PM in the Walton Theatre. Doors open at 2PM and seating is limited, so please plan accordingly. These lectures are free for ticket-holders.

This concert qualifies for Classical Kids, Take-A-Teen, and Student Rush ticket discounts. Visit to learn more.

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