Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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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.

See the list below for this year’s exciting programme.

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Opening Night Concert with Ludovic Morlot & Renée Fleming

16th September 2017

The grand Opening Night features “the people’s diva,” the world-famous soprano and Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming, performing live with Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra!

Mahler Resurrection Symphony

21st, 23rd & 24th September 2017

Featuring Soprano Malin Christensson, Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony is a journey of clarity and wakefulness, featuring songs of death and rebirth. The concert will also feature Berlioz’s depiction of Cleopatra’s downfall.

John Williams Conducts Williams

27th September 2017

The composer of the scores for Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and Schindler’s List is coming to conduct a selection of his best-loved pieces LIVE with the Seattle Orchestra! Get your tickets now for a truly unique concert experience.

Chris Botti with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

29th & 30th September, 1 October 2017

After performing live early in his career with acts such as Sting and Paul Simon, Chris Botti has now launched a successful solo career performing well-known ballads, jazz and American songbook standards. The immensely popular jazz-pop trumpet player joins the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for three soulful evenings this year.

Enigma Variations

5th & 7th October 2017

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Brahms’ Tragic Overture, two expressive pieces conveying the composer’s deepest and most intimate thoughts. Featuring Bartók’s First Piano Concerto, played by virtuoso Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Elgar Untuxed

6th October 2017

A shorter, no-intermission concert version of the more extensive Enigma Variations, featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Brahms’ Tragic Overture. An easily affordable and accessible way to unwind at the end of the week.

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Gidon Kremer in Seattle

12th & 14th October 2017

World-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer is making a special visit to Seattle to perform Schumann’s stunning Violin Concerto. Music Director Ludovic Morlot will lead Mendelssohn’s Ode to Italy.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

20th & 21st October 2017

Dmitry Sinkovsky, hailed as “fiery and agile” by The Seattle Times, shows his devastating range of abilities from a revenge aria in which he performs countertenor to a display of his violin virtuosity in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10

26th & 29th October 2017

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra welcomes the wonderful Italian pianist Beatrice Rana , performing Prokofiev’s most popular piano concerto. Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony will be performed in its entirety.

Berlioz Requiem

9th, 11th November 2017

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents Berlioz’s Requiem; an earth-shattering piece that showcases the spiritual and physical aspects of music in equal measures. It that has to be heard live to be truly experienced!

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

30th November, 1st & 2nd December 2017

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto features Pianist Kirill Gerstein. Praised by The New York Times as “one of the most respected pianists of his generation,” he does plenty justice to the composition that was designed for Rachmaninov’s own hands.

Holiday Pops

8th, 9th &10th December 2017

Conductor Stuart Chafetz and the University of Washington Chorale return for the yearly Holiday Pops program. Featuring festive favorites and much-loved classics, Holiday Pops is a great way to start the holiday season for all the family!!

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Handel’s Messiah

15th, 16th & 17th December 2017

Handel’s Messiah, with its stunning choral writing and memorable “Hallelujah,” chorus, is an unmissable event for you and your loved ones this holiday season. The Seattle Symphony and Chorale, along with a cast of soloists, perform one of Handel’s greatest works.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

22nd December 2017

The wonderfully talented Northwest Boychoir in collaboration with Vocalpoint! Seattle present the story of the Nativity, communicated via reading, choral setting and audience carols. An evening of music to be cherished by all the family.

Beethoven Symphony No.9

28th, 29th, & 30th December 2017

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to bring the year to a close. The beautiful melodrama of Beethoven’s stunning Ninth Symphony is in turns awe-inspiring and uplifting, with the Ode to Joy standing as the pivotal moment in this incredible piece.

New Year’s Eve: Great Balls Of Fire

31st December 2017

In celebration of the New Year, join singer and pianist Tony DeSare on a journey covering over a century of hit piano songs, including works by Elton John, Ray Charles, and John Lennon and finishing, of course, with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue!

Mozart’s Symphony No. 39

4th & 6th January 2018

The long lost Funeral Song will be revived with the new year in Seattle, following its monumental rediscovery in Russia! Ligeti’s Violin Concerto will feature Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Broadway Today

12th, 13th & 14th January 2018

Broadway stars Betsy Wolfe and Jeremy Jordan join the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in this celebration of Broadway hits. Featuring songs from The Book of Mormon, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine and many more, this concert is a must-attend for any fan of musical theatre!!

Dausgaard Conducts Brahms

25th & 27th January 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of dances and waltzes described by the composer as “blue sky, babbling of streams, sunshine and cool green shade.” This sublime experience will be conducted by Thomas Dausgaard.

Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 3

1st & 3rd February 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the renowned violinist Vilde Frang, perforing Elgar’s emotive Violin concerto – demonstrating an incredibly high level of technical skill and stamina both physical and emotional. Experience the beauty of Rachmaninov’s early life in Russia through his beautiful third symphony.

Morlot Conducts Strauss

8th & 10th February 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem. Oscar nominee and Pulitzer and Grammy winnner composer David Lang celebrates a new milestone with his first symphony.

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Celebrate Asia

11th February 2018

The Seattle Symphony’s is proud to present its tenth Celebrate Asia concert. The show features music by Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian composers. This stunning event provides the chance to experience the musical traditions of Seattle’s Asian communities.

Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

16th, 17th, 18th February 2018

Brought into the limelight by the award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, Lisa Fischer’s past involved singing with acts including The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross and Chris Botti. Now, she’s finally getting the recognition she deserves, and delighting audiences around the world with her talents.

With the orchestra as her accompaniment, she recreates rock anthems including “Gimme Shelter” and “Rock and Roll”.

Vivaldi Gloria

23rd & 24th February 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s Gloria, a hymn expressing the divine qualities of the violinist,composer and clergyman known as “The Red Priest.” Dmitry Sinkovsky will also lead a gorgeous Vivaldi concerto in addition to a progressive symphony from Bach’s son.

Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

1st, 3rd, 4th March 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra performs Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Thomas Zehetmair conducts and performs solos in this program, featuring works by Haydn, Schubert, Mozart and Pärt for a vastly differing emotional experience.

Hayden and Schubert

9th March 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents a selection of works by Hayden and Schubert, presented by Pablo Rus Broseta for a passionate recital. Featuring Principal Clarinet Benjamin Lulich as soloist in Nielsen’s Clarinet concerto.

Carmina burana

15th, 17th, 18th March 2018

An exuberant and flamboyant selection of pieces, featuring Manuel de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat and the Carmina burana, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

De Falla Untuxed

16th March 2018

A short, no-intermission recital of Manuel de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat – perfect for a chilled start to the weekend.

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Sibelius Symphony No. 2

22nd, 24th, 25th March 2018

The Seattle Symphony performs the nautical magic that is Sibelius’ second symphony. A celebration of the open ocean, from Mediterranean mermaids to fishermen of the North Sea. Experience the sounds that granted Sibelius so much attention in his time for yourself.

John Luther Adams Became Desert

29th & 31st March 2018

Beethoven’s pivotal “Emperor” Concerto is performed by one of the US’ most well-known pianists, the magnificent Jeremy Denk, paying tribute to the composer’s superlative skill and innovation. John Luther Adams brings us the sequel to Become Ocean, the work that changed the classical music world forever; Become Desert.

Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto

30th March 2018

Beethoven’s pivotal “Emperor” Concerto is performed by one of the US’ most well-known pianists, the magnificent Jeremy Denk, paying tribute to the composer’s superlative skill and innovation.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra

13th, 14th, 15th April 2018

The musicians comprising the legendary Duke Ellington’s band perform “Mood Indigo,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Satin Doll,” and many more. Get your tickets for a night of sublime jazz music.

Debussy La Mer

19th & 21st April 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra takes you on a musical journey around the world, with Respighi’s portraits of Rome and Debussy’s ocean-evoking melodies. Featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Debussy Untuxed

20th April 2018

A shorter, more easily accessible recital of Debussy La Mer. A no-interval performance to ease you out of the working week.

Stravinsky Persephone

26th & 28th April 2018

Three of Stravinsky’s rarest works, performed live together by Seattle’s sublime Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Ludovic Morlot. This special performance will also feature dancers and puppeteers for an evening of truly unforgettable entertainment.

Vivaldi & Handel’s Arias and Concertos

4th & 5th May 2018

Prepare to experience all the majesty and awe of Italian opera!! From Venice to London, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents a live experience of Vivaldi’s and Handel’s greatest vocal works.

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5

6th May 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s Concerto No. 5, inspired by the composer’s many trips to Italy. Dmitry Sinkovsky showcases this work alongside areas from Vivaldi and Handel.

Prokoviev Romeo and Juliet

17th & 20th May 2018
Shakespeare’s most famous romantic tragedy, translated into dance, inspired Prokoviev to his own musical interpretation. Presented by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, featuring Efe Baltacıgil as Principal Cellist in Haydn’s Cello Concerto.

Sibelius Kullervo

31st May, 2nd & 3rd June 2018

Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard takes you on a fantastical journey into Seblius’ stunning Kullervo with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Experience the Finnish folk epic live for yourself.

Sonic Evolution

7th June 2018

Welcome to the sixth year of celebration of Seattle’s identity and diverse culture. Featuring a wide and ever-changing array of genres.

The Sounds Of Simon and Garfunkel

8th, 9th & 10th June 2018

AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle present an evening of Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits, accompanied by Michael Krajewski and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Featuring “The Sound of Silence,” ““Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and more.

Wonderful Town

14th & 16th June 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra brings you Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway masterpiece Wonderful Town. Featuring all the songs you know and love, including “Christopher Street,” “A Little Bit in Love,” and the “Conga!”

Copland Symphony No. 3

21st & 23rd June 2018

The Seattle Symphony is proud to premiere the new cello concerto of one of the greatest young American composers. Copland’s third symphony will stir your patriotic spirits.

Copland Untuxed

22nd June 2018

The shorter, more relaxed recital of the Copland Symphony No. 3. A no-interval performance.

Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 Organ

28th, 30th June & 1st July 2018

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra showcases one of the longest-lived and most constantly evolving composers of all time: Saint-Saëns. Benaroya Hall’s majestic organ allows the notoriously difficult Third Symphony to be performed in all its full glory!

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