Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Thursday, November 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 1 at 8:00pm
For all the virtuosic summits and grand melodic gestures, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is shockingly intimate, as if we are peering into the private diary of this vulnerable composer. The young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili holds nothing back as she returns to Seattle to share her courageous interpretations to the deeply emotional music of Rachmaninov. In Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov breathes sensuous new life into the storied pages of One Thousand and One Nights, proving just how vast the world of sound can be in the hands of such an inventive orchestrator.
Family Concerts: The Snowman
Saturday, December 1 at 11:00am
Celebrate the holidays with your family and Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s film The Snowman! A young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him on an adventure to the North Pole. Family Concerts are designed for ages 6 to 12. EXTEND YOUR EXPERIENCE: Join us 1 hour before the performance for fun and interactive pre-concert activities that include an instrument zoo and a fun craft in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.
Holiday Musical Salute
Tuesday, December 4 at 10:00am
The Westin Seattle
Kick off the holidays at the Seattle Symphony’s annual Holiday Musical Salute, featuring fabulous pop-up gift shops and a concert of seasonal favorites by the Seattle Symphony. This popular holiday tradition includes a hot cider reception and luncheon, all to benefit the Seattle Symphony’s Players’ Pension Plan. It’s the perfect way to start your holiday season!
Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm
A holiday tradition! The brilliant pianist Tony DeSare and the soulful Capathia Jenkins join conductor Stuart Chafetz and the University of Washington Chorale for this heartwarming program. Featuring seasonal classics and traditional favorites such as “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “The First Noel,” this year’s Holiday Pops spreads the heartfelt warmth of the season with humor and joy.
Open Rehearsal: Handel Messiah
Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00pm
Friends of the Seattle Symphony are invited to join the orchestra, guest conductor Dmitry Sinkovsky and the Seattle Symphony Chorale for a rehearsal of Handel’s beloved Messiah. Mingle with fellow Symphony supporters over wine, coffee and tea in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby prior to the rehearsal and during the break.
Friday, December 14 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 15 at 1:00pm
Saturday, December 15 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 16 at 2:00pm
A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus — featuring conductor & countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky, the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — honor Handel’s greatest work.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Friday, December 28 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 29 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 30 at 2:00pm
The beauty and drama of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony is alternately awe-inspiring and uplifting, with the Ode to Joy the crowning jewel atop this transformative piece. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the ages is a wonderful way to end the year.
New Year’s Eve – The Doo Wop Project
Monday, December 31 at 2:00pm
Ring in 2019 with the Doo Wop Project and the Seattle Symphony, journeying from foundational Doo Wop tunes through their influence on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and The Four Seasons to DooWopified versions of today’s favorites from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and more. Featuring stars from Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate and reimagine some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!
Follow the performance with a post-concert party that includes a glass of champagne, a live performance and dancing all the way to the midnight countdown and beyond!
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