Friday, December 15 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 16 at 1:00pm
Saturday, December 16 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 17 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 the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — honor Handel’s greatest work.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Thursday, December 28 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 29 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 30 at 8:00pm
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: Great Balls of Fire!
Sunday, December 31 at 9:00pm
Pianist/singer Tony DeSare takes you on a journey, spanning more than a century of piano’s greatest hits. Stops along the way highlight the perennial favorites of Elton John, Ray Charles, John Lennon and finishes off with Rhapsody in Blue.
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!
Mozart Symphony No. 39
Thursday, January 4 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 6 at 8:00pm
The lush and haunting Funeral Song — a long-lost score — comes to Seattle following its historic rediscovery in Russia. Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich returns for Ligeti’s astonishing Violin Concerto. Mozart’s sublime 39th Symphony caps this tribute to musical innovators.
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Garfield High School Side-by-Side
Friday, January 5 at 7:00pm
The Seattle Symphony partners with the Garfield High School Orchestra at Benaroya Hall for a joint performance of Tchaikovsky’s overture based on Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. 2018 Young Artist Phoebe Rawn will perform Hüe’s flute fantasy in her Seattle Symphony debut.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY Pops
Friday, January 12 at 8:00pm
Saturday, January 13 at 8:00pm
Sunday, January 14 at 2:00pm
Showstopping! Steven Reineke leads the Seattle Symphony and Broadway stars Betsy Wolfe and Jeremy Jordan in today’s greatest Broadway hits, from The Book of Mormon to Newsies, along with songs from such modern classics as Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Little Shop of Horrors and more.
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jan. 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, & 27, 2018
Mozart’s comedy about sex. (Sort of.)
Let the games begin! Love has many faces when two buddies don disguises to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. Will the women fall for their “new” suitors as the opera’s title (“All women do it”) suggests? And if they do, who is really to blame? Blending bawdy humor and keen insight, the charming Così features some of the sweetest and most ravishing music Mozart ever wrote.
Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed contemporary production “may be the funniest and most dramatically successful show Seattle Opera has ever staged.” –The Seattle Times
In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes including 1 intermission
Prokofiev Concerto Festival 1
Thursday, January 18 at 7:30pm
We trace Prokofiev’s genius back to its first flourishes, when he was a standout student composer and pianist in Imperial Russia. These three breakthrough concertos reveal an emerging voice strong enough to weather the change on the global horizon.
Prokofiev Concerto Festival 2
Friday, January 19 at 8:00pm
Prokofiev’s rebel side comes alive in his early “Classical” Symphony. A piano concerto tailored to American audiences and a violin concerto born in France which shed light on the composer’s years of exile and his movement toward a “new simplicity.”
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Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side
Sunday, January 21 at 3:00pm
Witness the joy and power of music the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra joins the Seattle Symphony in a side-by-side performance featuring celebrated romantic music by Brahms and Liszt.
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Roosevelt High School Side-by-Side
Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00pm
Roosevelt High School Auditorium
1410 NE 66th St Seattle, WA 98115
Witness the joy and power of music in this concert featuring the Seattle Symphony and Roosevelt High School performing works by two Russian giants, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.
Dausgaard Conducts Brahms
Thursday, January 25 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 27 at 8:00pm
In the hands of Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard, Brahms’ lilting dances and waltzes will come alive as never before. And relish the symphony that Brahms himself described as “all blue sky, babbling of streams, sunshine and cool green shade.”
Friday, January 26 at 7:00pm
Relish the symphony that Brahms himself described as “all blue sky, babbling of streams, sunshine and cool green shade.” This short, no-intermission concert is an affordable, low-stress way to begin your weekend.
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3
Thursday, February 1 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 2 at 12:00pm
Saturday, February 3 at 8:00pm
Rachmaninov’s final symphony radiates a warm, nostalgic beauty rooted in the Russia of his early life. The virtuosic violinist Vilde Frang performs Elgar’s emotional Violin Concerto, a work demanding extraordinary technical skills and physical and emotional stamina.
Morlot Conducts Strauss
Thursday, February 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 10 at 8:00pm
Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem celebrates an unlikely hero: himself. After Pulitzer and Grammy wins (plus an Oscar nomination), American composer David Lang marks a new milestone with his first symphony, respectfully flipping Strauss’ priorities.
Sunday, February 11 at 4:00pm
The Seattle Symphony’s tenth annual Celebrate Asia concert features music by famous Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian composers. Highlighted by pre- and post-concert entertainment, this spectacular event is a rare opportunity to revel in the rich musical traditions of Seattle’s vibrant Asian communities.
LA LA LAND in Concert with the Seattle Symphony
Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30pm
Experience the original musical film like never before with a live symphony orchestra! The Seattle Symphony performs La La Land‘s Oscar®-winning score alongside the film’s original vocal recordings. Relive the glamour of the film as it plays on a big screen above the orchestra.
Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY Tiny Tots
Friday, February 16 at 10:30am
Saturday, February 17 at 9:30am
Saturday, February 17 at 10:30am
Saturday, February 17 at 11:30am
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall – Benaroya Hall
Hear the sweet and timeless favorite Goodnight Moon like you never have before in a musical performance featuring the piano and voice! Celebrate the night sky with other sparkling, children’s classics like “Twinkle, Twinkle” and Brahms’ Lullaby. This program will fill your heart with warmth as you sing and sway along.
Tiny Tots concerts are designed for ages 0 to 5. Engage your youngest music lovers with these 35-minute interactive programs featuring musical games, stories and songs in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY Pops
Just A Kiss Away! Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton with the
Friday, February 16 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 17 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 18 at 2:00pm
The unforgettable Lisa Fischer spent decades singing her heart out with The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross and Chris Botti. Twenty Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-winning documentary, brought Lisa center stage. Now, the two-time Grammy winner is touring the world, recording with Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang and thrilling critics and fans. In this new program, Lisa recreates rock anthems like “Gimme Shelter” and “Rock and Roll” using the rich colors and textures of the orchestra.
Live at Benaroya Hall
Monday, February 19 at 7:30pm
Jake Shimabukuro has elevated the ukulele from a beloved Hawaiian folk instrument to a world-class vehicle, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” And he can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. “I fell in love with the ukulele immediately,” Jake recalls. “From that day on, you had to pry the instrument away from me in order to get me to do anything else.”
In Jake’s early touring days, everyone was surprised that he could even attempt such complex music on such a humble instrument. But now, they know better. Jake has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, has collaborated with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Cyndi Lauper, and was the subject of an acclaimed 2012 documentary, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY Baroque
Friday, February 23 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 24 at 8:00pm
Vivaldi’s Gloria, an exultant hymn created for music students at a Catholic orphanage, expresses the most divine aspects of the violinist/composer/clergyman once known as “The Red Priest.” The multi-talented Dmitry Sinkovsky also leads a sparkling Vivaldi concerto and a forward-thinking symphony from Bach’s youngest son.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY Family
The Story Of Babar
Saturday, February 24 at 11:00am
Join Babar, the little elephant, as he explores the jungle and the big city through Poulenc’s playfully orchestrated story. Paired with Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, you and your children will have a magical morning together filled with musical tales.
Classical KING FM Family Concerts are designed for ages 5 to 12. Come early for pre-concert activities in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, featuring crafts and instrument exploration.
BEATRICE & BENEDICT
By Hector Berlioz
Feb. 24, 25, 28
Mar. 3, 7, 9, & 10, 2018
Much ado about Shakespeare.
Kick off Seattle’s citywide Shakespeare celebration with an all-new one-of-a-kind theatrical hybrid! Overheard confessions, unfortunate reactions, tender reconciliations, and plenty of witty banter glide on a warm breeze of masterful orchestration. In this novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s lively comedy Much Ado About Nothing, Berlioz’s exuberant opera score is paired with English text lifted directly from the Bard himself. The result: a crossover cultural event sure to have the whole town talking.
“The creative combination of Seattle Symphony Orchestra Maestro Ludovic Morlot and ACT Theatre Artistic Director John Langs will bring a freshness to Berlioz’s unique opera.” —Aidan Lang, Seattle Opera General Director
“It’s a beautiful story in an epic setting at a time when the world needs a bittersweet romance and joy.” —John Langs, ACT Theatre Artistic Director
In English with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes with 1 intermission
Seattle City Hall Community Concert
Wednesday, February 28 at 12:00pm
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
The Seattle Symphony goes to City Hall! Experience Ravel’s celebrated Mother Goose Suite in this French-inspired program also featuring 2018 Young Artist, violinist Marley Erickson, playing Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto.
Schubert Unfinished Symphony
Thursday, March 1 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 3 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 4 at 2:00pm
The much sought-after Thomas Zehetmair conducts and solos in this program where Haydn and Schubert plumb the depths of somber angst and passion, while Mozart and Pärt lift the violin to transcendent, rapturous heights. These sublime compositions demonstrate the emotional range of pure music from across the centuries.