The first performance of the Seattle Symphony took place on Dec. 29, 1903, in Seattle. Sir Thomas Beecham is credited with developing the culture, technique and sound of the orchestra. Under the leadership of Rainer Miedél, the Symphony went on its first European tour. During Gerard Schwarz's tenure, the group amassed 140 recordings and garnered 12 Grammy nominations and two Emmy Awards. The orchestra is known for placing a high value on musical excellence, innovation and curiosity.
Celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday
The Seattle Symphony is entering what is being called the Thomas Dausgaard era of the group. Under his leadership, there will be a joyous celebration in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. During the 2019-20 season, his nine symphonies will be performed in the span of three weeks. It is said that Beethoven composed his most masterful works as he was going deaf. The Beethoven Festival kicks off with his First Symphony in June 2020. The Third Symphony will also be played. The celebration is designed to be a community-wide celebration so that teens can get involved, too.
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Where is Seattle Symphony performing?
Seattle Symphony performances have been held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle since 1988.
What can I expect from Seattle Symphony?
The Seattle Symphony makes a conscious effort to provide concerts that will appeal to a wide audience. In addition to celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday, the 2019–20 season will have other highlights, too. Star soloists Lang Lang, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Chick Corea as well as Itzhak Perlman and John Adams will make appearances. There will also be new music and premieres. Featured events include New Year’s Eve with Meow Meow and POPS concerts like Music of Quincy Jones and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. Series offerings are one way to enjoy curated concerts in specific music genres like classical. Family concerts give the younger generation a chance to experience an orchestra show while the chamber series give audiences access to the musicians.
How long is a Seattle Symphony performance?
The run time of a Seattle Symphony performance varies. The majority of the concerts last two hours. They include one 20-minute intermission. Family concerts tend to last one hour less without an intermission. The Movie Music of John Williams has a run time of one hour and 38 minutes.
Who are the members of Seattle Symphony?
Thomas Dausgaard is the conductor of the Seattle Symphony. The Associate Conductor for Choral Activities is Joseph Crnko, and the Associate Conductor is Lee Mills. The first violins include Noah Geller, Eduardo Rios and Simon James as well as Jennifer Bai, Mariel Bailey, Cecilia Poellin Buss and Timothy Garland.
What is Seattle Symphony's setlist like?
The setlist for a Seattle Symphony changes from series to series. When the orchestra performs The Movie Music of John Williams, the setlist will include the main title theme from Jurassic Park, the shark theme from Jaws and the "Imperial March" from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
What other performing arts like the Seattle Symphony can I enjoy in Seattle?