By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
The great American opera boasts some of the best songs ever written—including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” Our unabridged presentation retains all of the rhapsodic orchestral music and superb choral writing that enchanted sell-out McCaw Hall crowds in 2011. The vibrant mix of action, humor, romance, struggle, and celebration returns with a “perfect” (ClassicsToday.com) new staging that will inspire you to “rise up singing.”
Don’t miss this fully-staged Glimmerglass co-production that Bachtrack calls “an overall theatrical and musical success, proving one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.”
In English with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 3 hours 15 minutes, including 1 intermission.
SEATTLESYMPHONY Distant Worlds: Music From FINAL FANTASY®
With The Seattle Symphony
Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30pm Thursday, September 13 at 7:30pm Benaroya Hall
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY® returns to Benaroya Hall! This spectacular concert, featuring the music of Japanese composer in attendance, Nobuo Uematsu and conducted by Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth, has captivated audiences worldwide, combining video and music to immerse the audience in the fantastical video game world of FINAL FANTASY®.
*LIMITED* VIP MEET & GREET TICKETS AVAILABLE: One (1) premium reserved concert ticket in Orchestra Center
Post-concert meet and greet with conductor Arnie Roth and composer Nobuo Uematsu
UPDATE: All VIP Meet & Greet tickets are sold out at this time.
SEATTLESYMPHONY Opening Night with Ludovic Morlot &
Saturday, September 15 at 5:00pm Benaroya Hall
Be part of the glamour and excitement of Opening Night as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony. Featuring Mussorgsky’s bold and opulent Pictures at an Exhibition, the concert concludes with the dazzling virtuosity of Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto.
The festivities continue at the Opening Night Gala! Enjoy dinner and dancing as we celebrate Ludovic’s final season and 20 years of Benaroya Hall. To reserve a Gala package, please call 206.215.4753.
Thursday, September 20 at 7:30pm Saturday, September 22 at 8:00pm
Sunday, September 23 at 2:00pm Benaroya Hall
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto reminds us all: Every moment is precious. This flawless creation turns each simple gesture — even just one repeated note — into a profound event. Violinist Augustin Hadelich, a musician as heroic as he is sensitive, dispatches Beethoven’s immortal concerto with his “silvery tone, pinpoint intonation and surprising turns of phrase” (Los Angeles Times). In Gigues, images of carefree folk dancing are refracted through the dreamy glow of Debussy.
Thursday, September 27 at 7:30pm
Friday, September 28 at 12:00pm Saturday, September 29 at 8:00pm Benaroya Hall
From the rapturous sunrise in Daphnis et Chloé to the sultry jazz tones in the Concerto in G, Ravel’s orchestral scores saturate the stage with extravagant colors. For these ornate French creations, the delight is in the details, and the details are never more vibrant than when Ludovic Morlot works within the perfect acoustics of Benaroya Hall. He joins forces with pianist Steven Osborne, “whose approach to Ravel combines clarity with heart” (The Guardian). Debussy’s Printemps offers an early glimpse of this imaginative composer. Marc-André Dalbavie, one of today’s leading contributors to that exquisite French tradition, honors his forebear Messiaen in La source d’un regard.