The multi award winning Seattle Symphony Orchestra unleashes the power of music, bringing people together from across the community with their internationally acclaimed and inventive programming. With a strong commitment to new music and a legacy of over 150 recordings. The Symphony performs in Benaroya Hall in the heart of downtown Seattle from September through July, reaching over 500,000 people annually through live performances and radio broadcasts.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra Tickets:
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, is a vital part of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene and is recognized for its extraordinary performances, programming, recordings and community engagement. With musical options to give even the choosiest music lover a wealth of options, The Symphony Orchestra perform Masterworks from Beethoven, Mozart and Stravinsky with either gust conductors or guest musicians all of which are world class, each masterwork is performed for two nights so you guaranteed to catch one of these unforgettable shows. The Pops where the Symphony Perform a more modern evening, varying from music from the movies or an entire catalog of Warner Bros Bugs Bunny for the 30th anniversary. Pops performances are Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Throughout the year there will also be various other events, like wine? The baroque and wine evenings are perfect for you. Compliment your night of Baroque with up to four glasses of regional wine. Maybe you’re into Geek culture, an evening of Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY might be appealing. Seattle Symphony Orchestra covers it all and more! So, don’t miss out on an unforgettable evening and find an event that’s perfect for you. If you like violin concertos, the world’s top violinists take the stage at Benaroya Hall. These classical music rock stars bring an unmatched mix of extraordinary technique and profound artistic passion to the most spectacular pieces in the violin repertoire. If none of this sounds enough, The orchestra also serves as the accompanying orchestra for the Seattle Opera which draws some of the world’s best opera singers to its stage.
The Orchestra received its first Grammy nomination in January 1990 for a 1989 recording of music of Howard Hanson. Won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition and Seattle Symphony Orchestra has garnered five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year
Since its first performance on December 29, 1903, the Seattle Symphony has held a unique place in the world of symphonic music. During its formative years, it was the charismatic Sir Thomas Beecham who most developed the orchestra’s skill and reputation. In 1954 Milton Katims began his 22-year tenure as Music Director, greatly expanding the Symphony’s education programs. Rainer Miedél, Music Director from 1976 until his death in 1983, led the orchestra on its first European tour in 1980. Gerard Schwarz was appointed Music Advisor in 1983, and Music Director in 1985. During his 26-year tenure, the Seattle Symphony made more than 140 recordings and garnered 12 Grammy nominations and two Emmy Awards. In 2011 Ludovic Morlot began his 8-year tenue as Music Director. Together Morlot and the orchestra achieved international acclaim, winning five Grammy awards and Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year award.
Seattle Symphony Reviews
“Why does Dausgaard connect so powerfully with the audience? Partly it’s a tremendous enthusiasm for the music, manifest in the conductor’s every gesture and expression. And it’s also the clarity with which he shows both the orchestra and the audience how the music should go: how it waxes and wanes, how the melodic line blooms upward into a crescendo and descends to a whisper.”
Melinda Bargreen – The Seattle Times.
“most vital American orchestras”
“Five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year”
“You can tell by the wild cheering emanating from Benaroya Hall: Thomas Dausgaard is back in town.”
Benaroya Hall Information
In 1998 the Seattle Symphony inaugurated its new home, Benaroya Hall, noted for its architectural and acoustical splendor. Featuring two auditoria, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, a 2500-seat performance venue, as well as the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, which seats 536. Noted for its technology-infused acoustics, touches of luxury and prominent location in a complex thoroughly integrated into the downtown area. Benaroya occupies an entire city block in the center of the city, and also features two restaurants, a main Bar and Lobby bars and a coffee shop within.
Accessibility at the orchestra
Benaroya Hall is barrier-free and meets or exceeds all criteria established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Requests for accommodations should be made when purchasing tickets. Feedback on improving patron services for people with disabilities is always welcome.
Services for Hard-of-Hearing Patrons
An infrared hearing system is available for patrons who are hard of hearing. Headsets are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis in The Boeing Company Gallery coat check and the Head Usher stations in both lobbies.
Other accessibility features include
- Special seating areas with excellent acoustics and sightlines to the stage available at all levels in both concert auditoriums.
- Elevators with Braille signage to all levels within the Hall, including the parking garage.
- Designated parking spaces adjacent to elevators in the Benaroya Hall parking garage.
- International symbols to identify facilities to people with visual impairments.
- Restrooms properly equipped for people with disabilities. A unisex restroom is also available for disabled patrons needing assistance.
- Concession bars, ticket windows and drinking fountains meet ADA requirements.
- Special entry provisions, including dressing rooms and production control rooms, to accommodate performers and technicians with disabilities.
- Trained personnel to assist patrons with disabilities.
- Guide and service dogs welcome.
One of the United States’ most prestigious symphony orchestras, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra holds international renown for its unique programming and history of extensive recording. The orchestra performs in the Benaroya Hall, known for its incredible acoustics and location in downtown Seattle, and considered to be one of the best concert venues in the world. Since 2011, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra has been under direction of Ludovic Morlot. Via live performances and radio broadcasts, the Symphony is heard by over 500,000 people, while its educational and community programs reach more than 65,000 children and adults every year. The Seattle Symphony is proud of its unique commitment to new music, and it commissions many works by living composers every season. The orchestra has created almost 150 recordings, which have received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and multiple other awards and nominations.