Born in Kyiv, the 37-year-old Finnish maestra Dalia Stasevska is now officially on the fast track, as witnessed by her engagement for the star-making Last Night of the Proms in September 2020 (pandemic-style: socially distanced, no live audience present). With her gig at the Seattle Symphony, she chalks up the latest in a string of American debuts. Her program opens with Adolphus Hailstork’s moving Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., which evokes a service in a graveyard. Next up: Béla Bartók’s fiendish Piano Concerto No. 2, of which Sir András Schiff—no demolition artist—has said, “I usually end up with the keyboard covered in blood.” The soloist in Seattle is Pierre-Laurent Aimard, armed with Olympian technique and a probing imagination. To close, there’s Antonín Dvořák’s surefire “New World” Symphony, guaranteed to win a standing ovation. —M.G.
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