Upcoming Events

SEATTLE SYMPHONY
Bach Mass In B Minor

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Thursday, March 14 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2:00pm
Benaroya Hall

When Bach assembled the B-minor Mass in his final years, he crystallized his lifelong mission to express faith through music into one staggering compendium of intellectual and spiritual exaltation. Thunderous fugues and brilliant choruses wrest maximal impact from the combined forces of choir and orchestra, while focused solos for voices and their instrumental companions rival any opera in terms of tenderness and dramatic presence. The Mass is not a singular object; it is a synthesis of Bach’s music going back 35 years, built upon techniques and trends developed over centuries. The B-minor Mass is a pillar of human achievement on par with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling or Shakespeare’s collection of plays, and to witness it live is quite simply an essential life experience.

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Michael Tilson Thomas San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony

Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm
Benaroya Hall

Michael Tilson Thomas marks his 24th year as music director of the San Francisco Symphony with a trip up the coast. This special Seattle program opens with Tilson Thomas’ own composition, the enchanting Agnegram, and showcases the orchestra’s expressive range with Beethoven’s game-changing Eroica Symphony.

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY
In the Spotlight: John Harbison

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Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30pm
Octave 9 Raisbeck Music Center – Benaroya Hall

Engage in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison who will read selections from his new book, What Do We Make of Bach? The book offers an extended commentary on his new work being performed by the Seattle Symphony, and explores Bach’s profound significance on Harbison as a composer. In addition to select readings, Harbison and guests will perform in this insightful exploration of one of classical music’s most enduring influences.

John Harbison, piano, composer & author

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY
Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

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Thursday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 23 at 8:00pm
Benaroya Hall

Bach brings the best out of all musicians — especially the brilliant minds featured on this program. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 honors Bach through structural patterns and telltale themes, resulting in a stunningly clear and refined swan song from the 20th century’s greatest symphonist. Conductor Leopold Stokowski had a special affection for Bach, and his lush symphonic arrangement of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor radiates the full power of this iconic organ composition. John Harbison, a giant among living American composers, has long cited Bach as a primary influence. His other great love is jazz and the American songbook tradition, which contributes to the consistent warmth and humanity of his writing. His Bach-inspired symphony features the spectacular Watjen Concert Organ, the envy of every concert hall in the world.

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY
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Friday, March 22 at 10:00pm
Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby – Benaroya Hall

Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio challenge the boundaries of musical possibility in two works of daring virtuosity. Boulez’s Sur incises is a riot of color, filled with spectacular energy and drama. Berio’s more introspective Circles reaches for new heights of expression, uniting sound and gesture into music of enigmatic beauty.

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY
Contemporary Music Marathon

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Saturday, March 23 at 5:00pm
Sunday, March 24 at 12:00am
Sunday, March 24 at 8:00am
Octave 9 Raisbeck Music Center – Benaroya Hall

Saturday, MARCH 23–Sunday, MARCH 24, 2019

Immerse yourself in a nonstop multi-disciplinary showcase with music from over 50 living composers across the span of 24 hours. Each hour includes unique experiences co-curated by a wide array of musicians, composers and experimental artists.

Marathon passes include all three acts; or purchase each act individually.

PURCHASE MARATHON PASS

ACT 1 – NIGHTFALL
5PM TO MIDNIGHT

As the light fades across Seattle the volume turns up in Octave 9 for a night of virtuosic performances by genre-defying artists and composers.

56pm – Featuring the Seattle Chamber Players

  • MELODY PARKER: World Premiere (World Premiere)
  • JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: The Light Within
  • HELENA TULVE: stream
  • YANNIS KYRIAKIDES: Karaoke Etudes

67pm – Featuring soprano Maria Männistö

  • DEREK BERMEL: Thracian Echoes
  • KATE SOPER: Ipsa Dixit mvt. II: Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say
  • TYSHAWN SOREY: Trio (for Harold Budd)
  • AGATA ZUBEL: Unisono I

7–8pm – Featuring clarinetist Eric Jacobs

  • DAVID LANG: breathless
  • ANGLELICA NEGRÓN: dóabin
  • MICHELLE LOU: Telegrams
  • ANDREW THOLL: takes all the breath out of me

8–9pm – Featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods

  • ANNEA LOCKWOOD: In Our Name
  • GEORGE LEWIS: Not Alone
  • NATHALIE JOACHIM: Dam Mwen Yo
  • RYAN CARTER: On the expressive potential of suboptimal speakers

9–10pm – Featuring pianist Cristina Valdés

  • INTI LOGAN FIGGIS-VIZUETA: a bridge between starshine and clay
  • KOTOKA SUZUKI: Shimmer, Tree | In Memoriam Jonathan Harvey
  • ORLANDO JACINTO GARCIA: oscurecimiento gradual
  • MICHEL VAN DER AA: Transit

10–11pm – Featuring cellist Inbal Segev

  • GITY RAZAZ: Legend of Sigh
  • MISSY MAZZOLI: A Thousand Tongues from Vespers for a New Dark Age
  • KAIJA SAARIAHO: Spins and Spells
  • REENA ESMAIL: Perhaps

11pm–12am – Featuring pianist Jacob Greenberg

  • HELMUT LACHENMANN: Serynade

ACT II – DREAMS
MIDNIGHT TO 8AM

Marcin Pączkowski turns your dreams into an interactive sound installation from midnight to 7am, followed by a performance of John Luther Adams’ songbirdsongs at daybreak. Be ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

12am–7am – Featuring composer and performer Marcin Pączkowski

  • MARCIN PĄCZKOWSKI: New Work (World Premiere)

7–8am – Featuring composer John Luther Adams

  • JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: songbirdsongs

ACT III – DAYBREAK
8AM TO 5PM

As the marathon enters its final hours, Octave 9 comes alive with an eclectic variety of music, from familiar names to new discoveries.

8–9am – Featuring cellist Nathan Chan

  • PAUL SCHOENFIELD: Café Music
  • ALLISON LOGGINS-HULL: Run-On
  • ALEX TEMPLE: Viola Joke

9–10am – Featuring pianist Conor Hanick

  • ERIC WUBBELS: Acoustic Quanta (West Coast Premiere)
  • KATI AGÓCS: Ambrosiana (North American Premiere)
  • FREDERIC RZEWSKI: Piano Piece No. 3
  • FREDERIC RZEWSKI: Piano Piece No. 4

10–11am – Featuring double bassist Joseph Kaufman and violist Mara Gearman

  • ALEXANDRA GARDNER: Seduction Involves Patience
  • BORIS FILANOVSKY: New Work (World Premiere)

11am–12pm – Featuring composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz

  • WAYNE HORVITZ: Music for Mixed Quintet

12–1pm – Featuring Artur Girsky and string quartet

  • TERRY RILEY: G-Song
  • OSVALDO GOLIJOV: Tenebrae
  • PHILIP GLASS: String Quartet No. 6

1–2pm – Featuring violinists Mikhail Shmidt and Elisa Barston

  • GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Khazn’s Recitative: Elu D’vorim for violin
  • TANIA LEÓN: Axon
  • ANNIE GOSFIELD: Long Waves and Random Pulses
  • ANNA CLYNE: Selections from The Violin

2–3pm – Featuring harpist Valerie Muzzolini and percussionist Michael A. Werner

  • HANNAH LASH: Stalk
  • JOSEPH PEREIRA: Aldebaran
  • EVAN WILLIAMS: On the Nature of Resonance

3–4pm – Featuring pianist Conor Hanick

  • ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR: Trajectories
  • CHRISTOPHER CERRONE: Double Happiness
  • CHAYA CZERNOWIN:  Sahaf
  • JOHN ADAMS: Road Movies

4–5pm – Featuring baritone Charles Robert Stephens

  • JACOB TER VELDHUIS: The Garden of Love
  • MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN:  Everlastingness from Gorky
  • TANSY DAVIES: Aquatic
  • JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Break Away

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY
Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2:00pm
Benaroya Hall

“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller

The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, is one of the most popular and sought after big bands in the world today.

Closed Captioning is available for Saturday night Seattle Pops performances ONLY. Please call the box office at 206.215.4747 to secure your location.

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