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LUDOVIC MORLOT, MUSIC DIRECTOR

2016/17

LISTENBOLDLY

SEASON


ONE OF THE GREAT PLEASURES in life is experiencing the thrill — emotional and intellectual — of hearing MUSIC PERFORMED LIVE. Even more satisfying is enjoying that music performed in a great concert hall by a great orchestra. Happily, in Seattle, YOU CAN DO BOTH. WE INVITE YOU to join us for the 2016–2017 season in the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall and to hear your acclaimed Seattle Symphony led by Music Director Ludovic Morlot. Across our season, you will find the MUSIC YOU KNOW AND LOVE — as well as offerings that will be an enriching journey of discovery. And, as always, the top guest artists and conductors from around the world will be on our stage. SO TAKE YOUR SEAT for the coming season: be energized, inspired or just relax. From Beethoven to Zubel, from Shostakovich to Broadway, alone or with family and friends, we invite you to treat yourself to this great new season of music — and to LISTEN BOLDLY.

2016/17

LISTENBOLDLY

SEASON


MASTERWORKS A Thursdays at 7:30pm or

B Saturdays at 8pm

SEPTEMBER 29 OR OCTOBER 1

NOVEMBER 10 OR 12

ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Xavier Phillips, cello BRAHMS: Tragic Overture ELGAR: Cello Concerto DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 5 The poetic Xavier Phillips brings us Elgar’s brooding Cello Concerto, a keystone of the cello repertoire, that speaks in tones of quiet anguish and exultant beauty. In the Fifth Symphony of Dvořák, experience the determination and passion of a young Czech composer embracing his Slavic roots.

Alan Buribayev, conductor Sol Gabetta, cello RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Suite from Tale of Tsar Saltan SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition Stroll with Mussorgsky through the sonic delights of Pictures at an Exhibition, each scene rendered in vivid strokes by Ravel's arrangement. The Cello Concerto No. 1 of Saint-Saëns makes its own journey into a bewitching array of orchestral color.

Xavier Phillips’ performances are generously underwritten by Sheila B. Noonan & Peter M. Hartley.

NOVEMBER 17 OR 19

Ludovic Morlot

OCTOBER 27 OR 29

BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Inon Barnatan, piano AGATA ZUBEL: New Work (World Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 Prepare to be dazzled by the Third Piano Concerto and the Second Symphony, two pivotal works that blazed a path to glory for young Beethoven. The fascinating Polish-born composer and soprano Agata Zubel, recently hailed by The New York Times, brings a brand new orchestral work.

RACHMANINOV PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 Mikhail Agrest, conductor Lucas Debargue, piano TCHAIKOVSKY: Mazeppa Overture RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 4 SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11 How to make sense of a changing world? Grapple with the past. Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 11 reaches back from Soviet Russia to the explosive Revolution of 1905, while Rachmaninov’s final piano concerto revives Old World grandeur.

Lucas Debargue

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Hilary Hahn

JANUARY 26 OR 28

MENDELSSOHN & SCHUBERT James Feddeck, conductor Alexei Lubimov, piano MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides (“Fingal’s Cave”) HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D major RAVEL: Le tombeau de Couperin SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 How sublime it is to behold the presence of genius, still so fresh, in music crafted by the 21-year-old Mendelssohn and the 19-year-old Schubert! Ravel’s bittersweet tribute, Le tombeau de Couperin, honors others who burned bright and died young. FEBRUARY 9 OR 11

HILARY HAHN BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin DEBUSSY: Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un Faune” (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) BRUCH: Violin Concert No. 1 PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5 Relish the freedom and courage of Prokofiev’s wartime Fifth Symphony, which dared to be honest and even humorous during a perilous time. Bruch’s popular and technically difficult Violin Concerto No. 1 is in good hands with violinist Hilary Hahn.


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MARCH 16 OR 18

BEETHOVEN PASTORAL SYMPHONY Ludovic Morlot, conductor James Ehnes, violin DEBUSSY: Printemps AARON JAY KERNIS: Violin Concerto (U.S. Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” Get an early jump on spring with sweetly blossoming music from Debussy and the great “Pastoral” Symphony of Beethoven, an ode to nature. Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, known for his effervescent Air for violin, offers a new Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony for James Ehnes. MARCH 23 OR 25

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 5 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Bertrand Chamayou, piano BEETHOVEN: Prometheus Overture BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 2 MARTINU°: Memorial to Lidice BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 The culmination of a two-year exploration of Beethoven’s symphonies and concertos, Ludovic Morlot puts his unique stamp on Beethoven’s fateful Fifth Symphony. Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a brilliant work of rhythmic complexity and musical muscle.

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APRIL 13 OR 15

RACHMANINOV RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI Neeme Järvi, conductor Stephen Hough, piano STENHAMMAR: Serenade RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini PROKOFIEV: Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet In Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninov brews a fiendish old melody into one devil of a piano concerto. Prokofiev works his own magical transformation in gorgeous ballet music that reawakens Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Stephen Hough’s performances are generously underwritten by Paul Leach & Susan Winokur.

APRIL 20 OR 22

MORLOT CONDUCTS BRUCKNER Ludovic Morlot, conductor BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 Majestic and shimmering like the hulking form of Mount Rainier, Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony ascends to an otherworldly atmosphere of power and mystery. Bruckner’s Fifth is a stunning celebration of faith, awe and wonder at all of creation. APRIL 27 OR 29

TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1

Bertrand Chamayou

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Emmanuel Krivine, conductor George Li, piano ZEMLINSKY: The Mermaid TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto is one of the best-known concertos of all time, filled with irresistible melodies and stunning virtuoso demands.

Pekka Kuusisto

JUNE 8 OR 10

PEKKA KUUSISTO MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Pekka Kuusisto, violin HELEN GRIME: New Work (U.S. Premiere) MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3 Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is a marvel of German precision that is sure to raise your pulse. Principal Guest Conductor Dausgaard brings us Nielsen, the renowned symphonist from Denmark, who creates ever-expanding horizons and soaring voices in his Third Symphony. JUNE 22 OR 24

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Audrey Luna, soprano Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano Seattle Symphony Chorale LIGETI: Requiem MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 Mahler’s colossal Fifth Symphony embraces an entire world of sound, from the heartrending funeral march to the serene and loving Adagietto. Ligeti’s monolithic Requiem goes beyond this world, as proven by its iconic appearance in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

MASTERWORKS


MASTERWORKS A Thursdays at 7:30pm or

B Saturdays at 8pm

SEPTEMBER 22 OR 24

DECEMBER 1 OR 3

BEETHOVEN & PROKOFIEV

THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS

Ludovic Morlot, conductor PROKOFIEV: The Love for Three Oranges BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 GABRIEL PROKOFIEV: New Work (World Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 Our monumental Beethoven cycle enters its second season with the innovative Symphony No. 1 and the elegant Symphony No. 8. Two other trendsetters reflect Beethoven’s daring legacy: Sergey Prokofiev, unabashed in his wit and whimsy, and grandson Gabriel Prokofiev, an electrified, genre-bending composer/producer.

Edward Gardner, conductor Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano Robert Murray, tenor David Soar, baritone Seattle Symphony Chorale ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius Arguably the British composer’s greatest work, which unites deep spiritual faith and soaring music to trace the voyage of a soul toward death and beyond. From searing agony to quiet exultation, this humbling oratorio is a sonic wonder speaking to all those who seek to understand humanity and life’s meaning, regardless of background.

Commission by Gabriel Prokofiev is generously supported by Norman Sandler and Dale Chihuly.

Ludovic Morlot

Sergey Khachatryan

NOVEMBER 3 OR 5

TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 5 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Sergey Khachatryan, violin BERLIOZ: Les francs-juges Overture SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 Follow Tchaikovsky through the trials of the Fifth Symphony as he confronts doubt and destiny and navigates a hard-earned triumph. In Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, skate from an icy chill toward a romping finale once dubbed a “polonaise for polar bears.”

Sasha Cooke

RAVEL’S MAGICAL OPERA Something truly magical happens when Ludovic Morlot conducts music by fellow Frenchman Maurice Ravel with the Seattle Symphony. Every shimmering detail in the score comes to life, and Ravel’s luminous orchestral colors saturate the pristine acoustics of Benaroya Hall. For the ultimate immersion in Ravel’s fanciful world of sound, don’t

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miss this rare concert production of L’enfant et les sortilèges (“The Child and the Spells,”) Ravel’s whimsical opera about a naughty child and its toys. In this sharp-edged fairy tale, mistreated toys and creatures come alive to harangue their young tormentor. The music ranges from innocent and tender to raucous and rude, with streaks of sizzling

jazz borrowed from America. Utilizing vocal soloists, chorus and a full symphony orchestra, L’enfant et les sortilèges presents Ravel at his most incisive and revealing. It is anything but child’s play.


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Emanuel Ax

FEBRUARY 2 OR 4

EMANUEL AX BEETHOVEN EMPEROR Ludovic Morlot, conductor Emanuel Ax, piano IVES: New England Holidays: Washington's Birthday Decoration Day The Fourth of July Thanksgiving and Forefathers Day BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” From Ives and his celebration of Washington’s Birthday and the Fourth of July to Beethoven and the epic “Emperor” Concerto, this is one explosive collision of two powerhouse composers. Superstar Emanuel Ax unfurls Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in all its glory.

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7-Concert Packages

MARCH 30 OR APRIL 1

JUNE 1 OR 3

DAUSGAARD CONDUCTS RACHMANINOV

RAVEL’S MAGICAL OPERA

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Alexander Melnikov, piano RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 1 RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 No one steals your heart like Rachmaninov! From the dazzling brilliance of the First Piano Concerto to the seductive beauty of the Second Symphony. A night devoted to the ultimate Russian Romantic. Alexander Melnikov’s performances are generously underwritten by Elwood and Ilene Hertzog.

Thomas Dausgaard

EASY PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE! CALL 206.215.4747 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Jan Lisiecki, piano Michèle Losier, mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef, contralto Karine Deshayes, mezzo-soprano Julie Pasturaud, mezzo-soprano Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor Pierrick Boisseau, baritone Seattle Symphony Chorale BIZET: Jeux d’enfants MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme” RAVEL: L'enfant et les sortilèges A rare performance of Ravel’s one-act opera. With charming text by the famed French novelist Colette and Ravel’s masterpiece score, L’Enfant et les sortilèges (“The Child and the Spells”) is a rich fantasy of fairy tale characters, plants and little animals brought to life. Ravel is the original sampler combining elements of ragtime, jazz, 18th century dance and lushness. A musical highpoint of the season not to be missed. Sponsored by the Nesholm Family Foundation.

JUNE 15 OR 17

THE GENIUS OF STRAUSS Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Erin Wall, soprano R. STRAUSS: Four Last Songs R. STRAUSS: An Alpine Symphony An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss’ last and largest tone poem, uses every vibrant color in the orchestral palette to depict 24 glorious hours atop the Austrian Alps. His Four Last Songs approach his own mortality with wisdom, beauty and grace.

MASTERWORKS


MASTERWORKS C Thursdays at 7:30pm or

D Saturdays at 8pm

OCTOBER 27 OR 29

JANUARY 26 OR 28

BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

MENDELSSOHN & SCHUBERT

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Inon Barnatan, piano AGATA ZUBEL: New Work (World Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 Prepare to be dazzled by the Third Piano Concerto and the Second Symphony, two pivotal works that blazed a path to glory for young Beethoven. The fascinating Polish-born composer and soprano Agata Zubel, recently hailed by The New York Times, brings a brand new orchestral work. NOVEMBER 10 OR 12

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION Alan Buribayev, conductor Sol Gabetta, cello RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Suite from Tale of Tsar Saltan SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition Stroll with Mussorgsky through the sonic delights of Pictures at an Exhibition, each scene rendered in vivid strokes by Ravel’s arrangement. The Cello Concerto No. 1 of Saint-Saëns makes its own everexpanding journey into a bewitching array of orchestral color.

Sol Gabetta

JANUARY 5 OR 7

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Mary Elizabeth Williams, soprano Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano Kenneth Tarver, tenor Jonathan Lemalu, bass Cynthia Millar, ondes martenot Michael Brown, piano Northwest Boychoir Seattle Symphony Chorale MESSIAEN: Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 Start the new year on the right note with Beethoven’s awe-inspiring Ode to Joy, the crowning jewel atop his transformative Ninth Symphony. Music from Messiaen, France’s colorful mystic, sets a scene of wonder and lightness.

James Feddeck, conductor Alexei Lubimov, piano MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides (“Fingal’s Cave”) HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D major RAVEL: Le tombeau de Couperin SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 How sublime it is to behold the presence of genius, still so fresh, in music crafted by the 21-year-old Mendelssohn and the 19-year-old Schubert! Ravel’s bittersweet tribute, Le tombeau de Couperin, honors others who burned bright and died young.

Rinat Shaham

BEETHOVEN CYCLE Beethoven’s nine symphonies and five piano concertos track the transformation of music’s boldest revolutionary, from the wide-eyed wonder of the earliest works to the all-knowing wisdom of the last. In this second season of a monumental Beethoven project, the Seattle Symphony completes the cycle by presenting the remaining symphonies

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and concertos, each illuminated within the broader context. The ferocity of the Fifth Symphony is all the more striking in proximity to its breezy sibling from 1808, the “Pastoral” Sixth Symphony (the two appearing on consecutive weeks in March). To hear the First and Eighth symphonies together reaffirms that Beethoven never lost his

touch for elegance and lightness. The pairing of the graceful Second Symphony and the muscular Third Piano Concerto takes us back to an historic day in 1803 when young Beethoven unveiled both new works, putting Vienna on notice that a legend was in the making.


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Joshua Bell

FEBRUARY 17* OR 18

JOSHUA BELL BARBER VIOLIN CONCERTO Ludovic Morlot, conductor Joshua Bell, violin BARBER: The School for Scandal Overture BARBER: Violin Concerto DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8 Beloved violinist Joshua Bell shares the lyrical and intimate Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, the modern American composer with an Old World soul. Dvořák’s uplifting Eighth Symphony evokes the simple, peaceful atmosphere of his Bohemian homeland. * Please note the Thursday night subscription concert takes place on Friday, February 17, at 8pm.

8-Concert Packages

MARCH 23 OR 25

JUNE 8 OR 10

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 5

PEKKA KUUSISTO MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Bertrand Chamayou, piano BEETHOVEN: Prometheus Overture BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 2 MARTINU°: Memorial to Lidice BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 The culmination of a two-year exploration of Beethoven’s symphonies and concertos, Ludovic Morlot puts his unique stamp on Beethoven’s fateful Fifth Symphony. Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a brilliant work of rhythmic complexity and musical muscle.

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Pekka Kuusisto, violin HELEN GRIME: New Work (U.S. Premiere) MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3 Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is a marvel of German precision that is sure to raise your pulse. Principal Guest Conductor Dausgaard brings us Nielsen, the renowned symphonist from Denmark, who creates ever-expanding horizons and soaring voices in his Third Symphony.

Ludovic Morlot

APRIL 20 OR 22

MORLOT CONDUCTS BRUCKNER Ludovic Morlot, conductor BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 Majestic and shimmering like the hulking form of Mount Rainier, Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony ascends to an otherworldly atmosphere of power and mystery. Bruckner’s Fifth is a stunning celebration of faith, awe and wonder at all of creation.

NEWLY EXPANDED 8-CONCERT PACKAGE! CALL 206.215.4747 OR VISIT SEATTLESYMPHONY.ORG TO SUBSCRIBE.

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MASTERWORKS E Thursdays at 7:30pm or

F Saturdays at 8pm

SEPTEMBER 29 OR OCTOBER 1

NOVEMBER 17 OR 19

ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO

RACHMANINOV PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Xavier Phillips, cello BRAHMS: Tragic Overture ELGAR: Cello Concerto DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 5 The poetic Xavier Phillips brings us Elgar’s brooding Cello Concerto, a keystone of the cello repertoire, that speaks in tones of quiet anguish and exultant beauty. In the Fifth Symphony of Dvořák, experience the determination and passion of a young Czech composer embracing his Slavic roots. Xavier Phillips’ performances are generously underwritten by Sheila B. Noonan & Peter M. Hartley.

Mikhail Agrest, conductor Lucas Debargue, piano TCHAIKOVSKY: Mazeppa Overture RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 4 SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11 How to make sense of a changing world? Grapple with the past. Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 11 reaches back from Soviet Russia to the explosive Revolution of 1905, while Rachmaninov’s final piano concerto revives Old World grandeur. FEBRUARY 9 OR 11

HILARY HAHN BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO Xavier Phillips

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin DEBUSSY: Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un Faune” (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) BRUCH: Violin Concert No. 1 PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5 Relish the freedom and courage of Prokofiev’s wartime Fifth Symphony, which dared to be honest and even humorous during a perilous time. Bruch’s popular and technically difficult Violin Concerto No. 1 is in good hands with violinist Hilary Hahn.

James Ehnes

MARCH 16 OR 18

BEETHOVEN PASTORAL SYMPHONY Ludovic Morlot, conductor James Ehnes, violin DEBUSSY: Printemps AARON JAY KERNIS: Violin Concerto (U.S. premiere) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” Get an early jump on spring with sweetly blossoming music from Debussy and the great “Pastoral” Symphony of Beethoven, an ode to nature. Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, known for his effervescent Air for violin, offers a new Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony for James Ehnes.

RACHMANINOV THE TRIPLE THREAT Rachmaninov was an artist of so many talents caught between so many worlds that we are still making sense of his vital place in musical history. The two groundbreaking works featured here look back to a time before war and revolution reshuffled the geopolitical deck, when young Rachmaninov was a triple threat at the top of the Russian scene: a thrilling

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pianist, an insightful conductor and the most unabashedly melodic composer since Tchaikovsky. Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 echoes a tradition of fateful symphonies that progress from angst to triumph, like Tchaikovsky’s Fifth (and Beethoven’s Fifth before that). During its glorious span, we encounter the ominous Dies Irae chant,

and we soak up a melody so timeless that it inspired a 1970s pop hit. It was the same gift for effortless melody that marked the 18-year-old Rachmaninov’s arrival with his First Piano Concerto, foreshadowing all the greatness to come.


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APRIL 13 OR 15

RACHMANINOV RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI

Neeme Järvi, conductor Stephen Hough, piano STENHAMMAR: Serenade RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini PROKOFIEV: Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet In Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninov brews a fiendish old melody into one devil of a piano concerto. Prokofiev works his own magical transformation in gorgeous ballet music that reawakens Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Stephen Hough’s performances are generously underwritten by Paul Leach & Susan Winokur.

Neeme Järvi

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7-Concert Packages

APRIL 27 OR 29

TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 Emmanuel Krivine, conductor George Li, piano ZEMLINSKY: The Mermaid TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto is one of the best-known concertos of all time, filled with irresistible melodies and stunning virtuoso demands.

Audrey Luna

JUNE 22 OR 24

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Audrey Luna, soprano Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano Seattle Symphony Chorale LIGETI: Requiem MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 Mahler’s colossal Fifth Symphony embraces an entire world of sound, from the heartrending funeral march to the serene and loving Adagietto. Ligeti’s monolithic Requiem goes beyond this world, as proven by its iconic appearance in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

BUY ALL THREE MASTERWORKS CONCERT PACKAGES AND HEAR ALL 22 CONCERTS! 22A THURSDAYS OR 22B SATURDAYS — Includes all concerts on pages 6 –11.

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MASTERWORKS G Sundays at 2pm

SEPTEMBER 25

NOVEMBER 6

BEETHOVEN & PROKOFIEV

TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 5

Ludovic Morlot, conductor PROKOFIEV: The Love for Three Oranges BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 GABRIEL PROKOFIEV: New Work (World Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 Our monumental Beethoven cycle enters its second season with the innovative Symphony No. 1 and the elegant Symphony No. 8. Two other trendsetters reflect Beethoven’s daring legacy: Sergey Prokofiev, unabashed in his wit and whimsy, and grandson Gabriel Prokofiev, an electrified, genre-bending composer/producer.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Sergey Khachatryan, violin BERLIOZ: Les francs-juges Overture SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 Follow Tchaikovsky through the trials of the Fifth Symphony as he confronts doubt and destiny and navigates a hard-earned triumph. In Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, skate from an icy chill toward a romping finale once dubbed a “polonaise for polar bears.”

Commission by Gabriel Prokofiev is generously supported by Norman Sandler and Dale Chihuly.

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Itzhak Perlman

OCTOBER 16

PERLMAN CONDUCTS MOZART REQUIEM Itzhak Perlman, conductor & violin Mary Lynch, oboe Hélène Guilmette, soprano Rowan Hellier, mezzo-soprano Eric Neuville, tenor Stephen Hegedus, baritone Seattle Symphony Chorale J.S. BACH: Violin and Oboe Concerto MOZART: Requiem Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman graces a concerto by Bach — and then he trades his bow for a conductor’s baton to lead Mozart’s swan song, the Requiem. The Seattle Symphony Chorale breathes new life into this haunting masterpiece.

JANUARY 8

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Mary Elizabeth Williams, soprano Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano Kenneth Tarver, tenor Jonathan Lemalu, bass Cynthia Millar, ondes martenot Michael Brown, piano Northwest Boychoir Seattle Symphony Chorale MESSIAEN: Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 Start your year on the right note with Beethoven’s awe-inspiring Ode to Joy, the crowning jewel atop his transformative Ninth Symphony. Music from Messiaen, France’s colorful mystic, sets a scene of wonder and lightness.

FEATURED ARTIST HILARY HAHN In the two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations and creative repertoire choices to diverse audiences around the globe.

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This season Hahn will serve as the featured artist for the 2016–2017 season, appearing four times on the Benaroya Hall stage, first in recital in October as part of the Distinguished Artists series and then in February performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra.

“Hilary Hahn was and is the epitome of violinist perfection.” – Egon Bezold, Nürnberger Nachrichten


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FEBRUARY 12

HILARY HAHN BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin DEBUSSY: Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un Faune” (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) BRUCH: Violin Concert No. 1 PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5 Relish the freedom and courage of Prokofiev’s wartime Fifth Symphony, which dared to be honest and even humorous during a perilous time. Bruch’s popular and technically difficult Violin Concerto No. 1 is in good hands with violinist Hilary Hahn.

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8-Concert Packages

FEBRUARY 18*

MAY 7

JOSHUA BELL BARBER VIOLIN CONCERTO

ITALIAN MASTERS

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Joshua Bell, violin BARBER: The School for Scandal Overture BARBER: Violin Concerto DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8 Beloved violinist Joshua Bell shares the lyrical and intimate Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, the modern American composer with an Old World soul. Dvořák’s uplifting Eighth Symphony evokes the simple, peaceful atmosphere of his Bohemian homeland. * Please note the Sunday subscription concert takes place on Saturday, February 18, at 2pm.

Joshua Bell

MOST POPULAR SERIES! NOW EXPANDED TO AN 8-CONCERT PACKAGE! CALL 206.215.4747 OR VISIT SEATTLESYMPHONY.ORG TO SUBSCRIBE.

Alessandro De Marchi, conductor VIVALDI: Sinfonia in C major from L’Olimpiade GALUPPI: Concerto a quattro, No. 2 in G major CALDARA: Sinfonia in D major, “Santa Francesca” VIVALDI: Concerto for Four Violins, RV 580 GEMINIANI: Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor, Op. 5, No. 2 “La Follia” ALBINONI: Sinfonia in G major Viva l’Italia! If you enjoy the bright sparkle of Vivaldi, come marvel at other hidden gems from the sun-drenched boot of southern Europe, a land of sensuous operas, fiery violinists and limitless jubilation in its crowd-pleasing music. JUNE 25

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5 Ludovic Morlot, conductor Audrey Luna, soprano Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano Seattle Symphony Chorale LIGETI: Requiem MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 Mahler’s colossal Fifth Symphony embraces an entire world of sound, from the heartrending funeral march to the serene and loving Adagietto. Ligeti’s monolithic Requiem goes beyond this world, as proven by its iconic appearance in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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MASTERWORKS A Fridays at 12noon

NOVEMBER 18

RACHMANINOV PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 Ludovic Morlot

SEPTEMBER 30

ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO Ludovic Morlot, conductor Xavier Phillips, cello BRAHMS: Tragic Overture ELGAR: Cello Concerto DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 5 The poetic Xavier Phillips brings us Elgar’s brooding Cello Concerto, a keystone of the cello repertoire, that speaks in tones of quiet anguish and exultant beauty. In the Fifth Symphony of Dvořák, experience the determination and passion of a young Czech composer embracing his Slavic roots. Xavier Phillips’ performances are generously underwritten by Sheila B. Noonan & Peter M. Hartley.

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Mikhail Agrest, conductor Lucas Debargue, piano TCHAIKOVSKY: Mazeppa Overture RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 4 SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11 How to make sense of a changing world? Grapple with the past. Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 11 reaches back from Soviet Russia to the explosive Revolution of 1905, while Rachmaninov’s final piano concerto revives Old World grandeur. MARCH 17

BEETHOVEN PASTORAL SYMPHONY Ludovic Morlot, conductor James Ehnes, violin DEBUSSY: Printemps AARON JAY KERNIS: Violin Concerto (U.S. Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” Get an early jump on spring with sweetly blossoming music from Debussy and the great “Pastoral” Symphony of Beethoven, an ode to nature. Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, known for his effervescent Air for violin, offers a new Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony for James Ehnes.

Alexander Melnikov

MARCH 31

DAUSGAARD CONDUCTS RACHMANINOV Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Alexander Melnikov, piano RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 1 RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 No one steals your heart like Rachmaninov! From the dazzling brilliance of the First Piano Concerto to the seductive beauty of the Second Symphony, he serves up music so dashing and debonair that it just might make you swoon. Alexander Melnikov’s performances are generously underwritten by Elwood and Ilene Hertzog.


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5-Concert Packages

JUNE 9

PEKKA KUUSISTO MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Pekka Kuusisto, violin HELEN GRIME: New Work (U.S. Premiere) MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3 Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is a marvel of German precision that is sure to raise your pulse. Principal Guest Conductor Dausgaard brings us Nielsen, the renowned symphonist from Denmark, who creates ever-expanding horizons and soaring voices in his Third Symphony.

SHOSTAKOVICH CONCERTO FESTIVAL Working in Soviet Russia, Shostakovich walked a dangerous artistic path Dmitri that could Shostakovich have cost him his livelihood or even his life at any moment. A master chameleon, he cloaked his most soulful and subversive statements just under the surface of music that, on face value, toed the party line. One avenue that proved most fruitful for him was to revisit the old classical forms that had fallen out of favor. Like the fifteen symphonies and fifteen string quartets, Shostakovich’s six concertos — two each for violin, cello and piano — reveal a composite portrait of this enigmatic genius. The Seattle Symphony has gathered the Shostakovich concertos into two powerful concerts featuring three rising stars of the international stage, including Kevin Ahfat winner of this past year’s Seattle Symphony Piano Competition. This compact festival demonstrates the enormous range of six works spread across more than 40 years, and it testifies to the singular vision of a 20th-century icon.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Kevin Ahfat, piano Alexey Semenenko, violin Edgar Moreau, cello

Kevin Ahfat

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

Piano Concerto No. 1 Violin Concerto No. 2 Cello Concerto No. 1 From the First Piano Concerto’s bawdy humor to the Second Violin Concerto’s noble austerity, these landmark scores peer into Shostakovich’s veiled inner life. The highly personal and much loved First Cello Concerto obsesses over four notes that stand in for Shostakovich’s own name. FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

Cello Concerto No. 2 Piano Concerto No. 2 Violin Concerto No. 1 The First Violin Concerto and Second Cello Concerto are two of Shostakovich’s most profound and innovative constructions, lifting the concerto form to new heights of expression. The playful Second Piano Concerto was a proud papa’s gift to his collegiate son.

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HOLIDAY POPS Stuart Chafetz, conductor Nicole Parker, vocals University of Washington Chorale Conductor Stuart Chafetz and the UW Chorale return after this past year’s sensational debut of the new Holiday Pops program. Joining in will be singer and comedienne Nicole Parker, star of Wicked and Mad TV. This year’s program promises to delight you with holiday classics and surprise you with humor, joy and the heartfelt warmth of the season.

Cirque de la Symphonie

OCTOBER 7–9

CIRQUE GOES TO THE CINEMA Stuart Chafetz, conductor Cirque de la Symphonie Cirque de la Symphonie returns to the Benaroya Hall stage with an all-new program of awe-inspiring physical feats of power and beauty! Paired with the music from blockbuster movie classics, including Gone with the Wind, Chariots of Fire, The Magnificent Seven, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gladiator, this thrill ride includes the spectacle of acrobats, jugglers and aerial flyers soaring high above the heads of the orchestra.

Megan Hilty

JANUARY 13–15

LUCK BE A LADY MEGAN HILTY SINGS SINATRA & MORE Nicole Parker

Steven Reineke, conductor Megan Hilty, vocals Best known for her role in the hit TV series Smash, Bellevue-born Hilty rose to fame in the Broadway hit Wicked. Now, Hilty, with conductor Steven Reineke, brings us the music made popular by Sinatra and others including “The Best is Yet to Come,” “New York, New York,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Mack the Knife” and many more. Join us for a fabulous evening of song from our very own Megan Hilty and the Seattle Symphony.

Stuart Chafetz

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6-Concert Packages

MARCH 3–5

MAY 19–21

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II

BROADWAY ROCKS

George Daugherty, conductor This side-splitting tribute features Warner Bros.’ greatest classic Looney Tunes — including What’s Opera, Doc?, Rabbit of Seville, Corny Concerto and Rhapsody Rabbit — all projected on a huge screen with the Symphony playing the original scores — live! Created by George Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong.

WITH THE SEATTLE MEN’S CHORUS

Rebirth Brass Band

APRIL 7–9

REBIRTH BRASS BAND

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Steven Reineke, conductor Capathia Jenkins, vocals Christiane Noll, vocals Rob Evan, vocals Seattle Men’s Chorus For the first time ever the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Men’s Chorus team up to perform the great rock and contemporary Broadway hits. Conductor Steven Reineke along with a trio of Broadway singers will take you on a musical romp including hit songs from The Lion King, Wicked, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera and many others.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, AT 5PM

OPENING NIGHT CONCERT & GALA Ludovic Morlot, conductor Joyce DiDonato, soprano HANDEL: Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 PACINI: “Ove t’aggiri, o barbaro” (“Where are you, O cruel man?”) from Stella di Napoli (“Star of Naples”) HANDEL: “Ombra mai fu,” Aria from Xerxes ROSSINI: “Tanti affetti” (“So many emotions”) from La donna del lago Trad./FREDERICK WEATHERLY: “Danny Boy” RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel BERNSTEIN: Overture from the West Side Story BERNSTEIN/ SONDHEIM: “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story ARLEN/GEORGE GERSHWIN/ IRA GERSHWIN: “Embraceable You” from Girl Crazy Be part of the glamour and glitter of the Opening Night Concert & Gala, featuring the joyful artistry of renowned American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Ludovic Morlot conducts the Seattle Symphony in a program of old world elegance and new world vivacity and charm. To reserve a Gala package, please call 206.215.4868 Joyce DiDonato

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Yo-Yo Ma FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, AT 8PM

YO-YO MA WITH THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Yo-Yo Ma, cello BARTÓK: Romanian Folk Dances MOZART: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a MOZART: Overture La Finta Giardiniera and Allegro, K. 121 HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb Classical music icon Yo-Yo Ma joins the Seattle Symphony for one incredible evening — get your tickets early. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 8PM

PERLMAN CONDUCTS MOZART REQUIEM

Itzhak Perlman, conductor & violin Mary Lynch, oboe Hélène Guilmette, soprano Rowan Hellier, mezzo-soprano Eric Neuville, tenor Stephen Hegedus, baritone Seattle Symphony Chorale J.S. BACH: Violin and Oboe Concerto MOZART: Requiem Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman revives a longlost concerto by Bach — and then he trades his bow for a conductor’s baton to lead Mozart’s swan song, the Requiem. The Seattle Symphony Chorale breathes new life into this haunting masterpiece.

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Add-on Concerts

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, AT 8PM

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, AT 8PM

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SONIC EVOLUTION 1

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Los Angeles Philharmonic MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 The Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, comes to Benaroya Hall for a one-nightonly concert event featuring Mahler’s deeply personal Ninth Symphony, his final completed masterpiece. Generously underwritten by Martin Selig and Catherine Mayer.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor KENJI BUNCH: Megalopolis (World Premiere) SCOTT MCALLISTER: Black Dog Grunge. Indie Rock. Funk. Now in its fifth year Sonic Evolution celebrates our city’s unique musical legacy. Ludovic Morlot leads the orchestra in a daring new work by composer Kenji Bunch inspired by the Afrobeat genre. Scott McAllister’s Black Dog, a rhapsody for solo clarinet and wind ensemble, embodies both Led Zeppelin and Hendrix. SUNDAY, MARCH 26, AT 4PM

CELEBRATE ASIA Shizuo Z Kuwahara, conductor The Seattle Symphony’s ninth annual Celebrate Asia concert features movie music by famous Japanese, Chinese and Indian composers including Grammy and Academy Award winners Tan Dun and A.R. Rahman. 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. Los Angeles Philharmonic

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Paul Grover & King’s College, Cambridge MONDAY, MARCH 27, AT 7:30PM

KING’S COLLEGE CHOIR

Stephen Cleobury, conductor King’s College Choir King's College Choir is one of today's most accomplished and renowned representatives of the great British choral tradition. Directed by Stephen Cleobury, it derives much of its fame from the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast worldwide to millions on Christmas Eve every year. FRIDAY, MAY 12, AT 8PM

SONIC EVOLUTION 2

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor THEESatisfaction Diverse, genre-bending, and unpredictable. Sonic Evolution and its homegrown inspirations have echoed the works of Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, to Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Sir Mix-A-Lot taking the stage with the Orchestra. Now Seattle R&B/hip hop duo THEESatisfaction joins the ranks of this exclusive club performing an entirely original piece by New Amsterdam composer Judd Greenstein.

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BAROQUE & WINE Fridays or Saturdays at 8pm These musical delights from the decadent Baroque era are as pleasing on the palate as the wines poured at each pre-concert tasting in the Grand Lobby — just $10 for 4 pours. Enjoy classics from Bach and Handel along with more rare vintages from France, Italy and England.

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OCTOBER 21 OR 22

FEBRUARY 24 OR 25

MAY 5 OR 6

HANDEL WATER MUSIC

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Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Reginald Mobley, countertenor Seattle Symphony Chorale RAMEAU: Suite from Naïs HANDEL: Aria: “Fammi combattere mostri e tifei” from Orlando J.S BACH: Aria: “Widerstehe doch der Sunde” from Cantata No. 54 J.S BACH: “Agnus Dei” from Mass in B minor LULLY: Selections from Le bourgeois gentilhomme HANDEL: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne Revisit a time when high male voices were worshipped like rock stars and the chorus was the foundation of devotional life. Works from the church, the theater and the Royal court celebrate the incomparable gifts of Bach and Handel.

Alessandro De Marchi, conductor VIVALDI: Sinfonia in C major from L’Olimpiade GALUPPI: Concerto a quattro, No. 2 in G major CALDARA: Sinfonia in D major, “Santa Francesca” VIVALDI: Concerto for Four Violins, RV 580 GEMINIANI: Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor, Op. 5, No. 2 “La Follia” ALBINONI: Sinfonia in G major Viva l’Italia! If you enjoy the bright sparkle of Vivaldi, come marvel at other hidden gems from the sun-drenched boot of southern Europe, a land of sensuous operas, fiery violinists and limitless jubilation in its crowd-pleasing music.

Richard Egarr, organ and conductor PURCELL: Suite from The Fairy Queen LAWES: Fantasy from Consort Set in Six Parts in C major HANDEL: Organ Concerto in F major, HWV 295 “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale” HANDEL: Organ Concerto in B flat major Op. 4, No. 6 BIBER: Battalia HANDEL: Water Music Suite (arr. Egarr) These Baroque masters brought the outside world into their colorful scores, from Handel’s birdcalls to Biber’s rousing battle scenes. Soak up the luxurious Water Music Suite and picture yourself floating on the River Thames, serenaded by Handel himself.

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UNTUXED Fridays at 7pm Launch your weekend on the perfect note with the Seattle Symphony’s short, no-fuss concerts. Symphony bassist Jonathan Green hosts these engaging concerts providing musical insight, humor and a dash of informality. Nothing unplugs your mind and recharges your spirit like these familiar orchestral masterpieces, so treat yourself right and get Untuxed! DECEMBER 30

MARCH 24

JUNE 2

VIVALDI UNTUXED

BEETHOVEN UNTUXED

MOZART UNTUXED

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor VIVALDI: Four Seasons One of the most popular classical works ever written, The Four Seasons - four violin concertos - each capturing the mood and story of specific seasons of the year continues to thrill and seduce audiences even after 300 years.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor BEETHOVEN: Prometheus Overture BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 Whether it is your first time hearing it live or your fiftieth, there is no limit to the power of Beethoven’s Fifth. This singular symphony distills human experience down to its universal truths: Fate. Humility. Struggle. Triumph.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Jan Lisiecki, piano Seattle Symphony musicians MENDELSSOHN: Octet MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme” He was the greatest musical prodigy ever, writing flat-out perfect compositions at an age when most of us were happy just to finish our homework. Such exuberance! Such sincerity! But was this young man Mozart or Mendelssohn? You decide.

JANUARY 27

SCHUBERT UNTUXED James Feddeck, conductor MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides (“Fingal’s Cave”) SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 Mendelssohn transports you to the craggy coastlines of Scotland’s Hebrides Islands with music so evocative you can taste the salt in the air. The Fifth Symphony of Schubert, a songwriter extraordinaire, floats effortlessly on endless currents of melody.

APRIL 14

RACHMANINOV UNTUXED Neeme Järvi, conductor Stephen Hough, piano RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini PROKOFIEV: Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet For the ultimate in passion and drama, let two of the last Russian Romantics sweep you off your feet. Rachmaninov’s fiery Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Prokofiev’s stirring adaptation of Shakespeare both infuse their source material with uncanny verve and wit. Stephen Hough’s performances are generously underwritten by Paul Leach & Susan Winokur.

2015–2016 concertgoers invited at random to sit on stage during an Untuxed performance.

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CHAMBER SERIES Tuesdays at 7:30pm Each chamber music gathering is like a great dinner party in the Illsley Ball Norsdstrom Recital Hall. The distance between the performers and audience vanishes amid such lively connection, and you become part of it all: the witty repartee and the decadent delights.

Seattle Symphony musicians NOVEMBER 15

FEBRUARY 21

JUNE 13

RAVEL & MOZART

SCHUBERT OCTET

BACH & JANÁČEK

RAVEL: Sonata for violin & cello SOFIA GUBAIDULINA: Piano Quintet SCHNITTKE: String Quartet No. 3 MOZART: “Kegelstatt” Trio, K. 498 Such beautiful friendships! Mozart’s charming trio captures his affection for a close friend who inspired groundbreaking new works for clarinet. Ravel’s sonata memorializes his frenemy, Debussy, and works by two Soviet composers show deep regard for their role model, Shostakovich.

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Serenata Notturna for Oboe and String Quartet STRAVINSKY: Elegy for Solo Viola SCHUBERT: Octet Schubert’s inviting Octet and Bolcom’s shimmering Serenata Notturna paint two shades of night music, renewing the spirit of Mozart and his gregarious serenades. Stravinsky’s haunting Elegy leads the viola into a different realm of darkness.

SMETANA: Piano Trio BACH: Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 1 in G major SZYMANOWSKI: Three Myths for piano and violin JANÁČEK: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” Janáček’s musical love letter to a young paramour sizzles with romantic fervor and soul-baring intimacy. Obsession of another sort surfaces in Szymanowski’s impressionistic take on Greek myths, including self-absorbed Narcissus. Smetana’s hard-charging Piano Trio channels his fierce Czech patriotism.

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[UNTITLED] Fridays at 10pm These popular late-night shows in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby — where the atmosphere is warm, intimate and informal — shatter all preconceptions about the concert experience. Each [untitled] program is a contemporary art exhibit for your ears, thoughtfully curated to present modern marvels in revealing new light.

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JANUARY 27

APRIL 28

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Ludovic Morlot, conductor Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Agata Zubel, soprano LUTOSŁAWSKI: Chain 1 LUTOSŁAWSKI: Chantefleurs et Chantefables AGATA ZUBEL: Chapter 13 Two landmark works, one ferocious and the other fanciful, speak volumes about Lutosławski, arguably Poland’s most innovative and alluring composer since Chopin. Hailed by The New York Times as an important new voice, Polish composer and singer Agata Zubel’s works are captivating and remarkable worlds of sound for the 21st century.

Alexei Lubimov, piano ALEXANDRE RABINOVITCH-BARAKOVSKY: Récit de Voyage USTVOLSKAYA: Octet for 4 violins, 2 oboes, timpani and piano PAVEL KARMANOV: The City I Love and Hate These three composers of the Soviet era chart opposing paths during and after the Cold War. A classic score by Rabinovitch-Barakovsky embraces mystical minimalism, while the Octet of Galina Ustvolskaya, “The Lady with the Hammer,” is alternately fascinating and alarming.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor The Bearded Ladies PAUL MORAVEC: Andy Warhol Sez YANNIS KYRIAKIDES: tinkling HEATH ALLEN AND DAN VISCONTI: Selections from ANDY: A Popera (staged performance) Enter the twisted worlds of two of America’s most confounding cultural icons. Contrasting views on Andy Warhol tap into the ironic wisdom of the pop artist, while tinkling channels the wild, whirling personality of Thelonius Monk and his groundbreaking jazz. Sponsored by the Bagley and Virginia Wright Foundation.

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FLUKE/GABELEIN ORGAN RECITALS Mondays at 7:30pm World-class organists meet the magnificent Watjen Concert Organ — a marvel of old world craftsmanship and modern technology.

Joseph Adam

Christian Wilson

David Briggs

FEBRUARY 13

APRIL 10

MAY 22

JOSEPH ADAM

CHRISTIAN WILSON

DAVID BRIGGS

Seattle’s own Joseph Adam has won numerous performance honors and has been hailed for his virtuosity and sterling technique.

An innovator amongst musicians, Christian Wilson has forged a unique path in the organ world, showcasing trailblazing virtuosity and profound musicianship through inspired and unorthodox programming.

One of the foremost concert organists of his generation, David Briggs enjoys a busy touring schedule that takes him all over the world. He has built a reputation as an exciting performer with particular emphases on orchestral transcriptions and the art of improvisation.

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DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS Various Dates & Times The world’s top artists take the stage in the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall for one-night-only recitals.

Hilary Hahn

Yuja Wang

Leonidas Kavakos

Leif Ove Andsnes

Marc-André Hamelin

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, AT 2PM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, AT 8PM

MONDAY, APRIL 24, AT 7:30PM

HILARY HAHN

LEONIDAS KAVAKOS & YUJA WANG

LEIF OVE ANDSNES & MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN

Leonidas Kavakos, violin Yuja Wang, piano MEDTNER: Two Canzonas with Dances for Violin and Piano SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C major DEBUSSY: Violin Sonata in G minor BARTÓK: Violin Sonata No. 1 Two extraordinary stars unite for a scintillating evening of duets, including Schubert’s variations on a moving love song. Enjoy the sensitive interplay of violin and piano in alluring sonatas from Debussy and Bartók, one ephemeral and the other earthy.

Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin, piano MOZART: Larghetto and Allegro in E-flat major STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Two Pianos DEBUSSY: En blanc et noir STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring These titans of the piano reawaken The Rite of Spring, its pounding rhythms and riotous harmonies all the more striking in Stravinsky’s own four-hand scoring. Mozart and Debussy neoclassical Concerto for Two Pianos provide fascinating counterpoint.

Hilary Hahn, violin Hilary Hahn approaches the violin recital with the same clarity and refinement that sets her apart as a concerto soloist. From the bedrock of Bach to brand-new commissions, Hahn’s compelling programs and brilliant interpretations reinvigorate the violin repertoire.

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CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS Saturdays at 11am | Ages 12 & Under | S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium Bringing your kids or grandkids to the Symphony is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Four entertaining programs that will delight your entire family with familiar classics and compelling stories. Come early for pre-concert activities featuring crafts and an instrument petting zoo.

OCTOBER 22

DECEMBER 3

MARCH 4

LEMONY SNICKET

ROB KAPILOW

DR. SEUSS

THE COMPOSER IS DEAD

THE POLAR EXPRESS

GREEN EGGS & HAM

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

Make your musical holiday memories this season with the Seattle Symphony. The blockbuster Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard film score has been masterfully scored for full orchestra! The Polar Express medley includes “Believe,” “The Polar Express,” “When Christmas Comes to Town” and “Spirit of the Season.” Bring the entire family together to enjoy the beautiful music and holiday spirit!

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Really Inventive Stuff

There's dreadful news from the concert hall — the composer is dead! In this wacky murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. Discover the instruments of the orchestra as the Inspector interrogates all of the usual suspects. Wear your costumes to this symphonic whodunit! Music by Nathaniel Stookey.

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“Do you like Green Eggs and Ham?” Spend your Saturday with Sam-I-Am and a Seussical Diva in this orchestral celebration of Dr. Seuss’ classic culinary curiosity. The Seattle Symphony, partnering with the vaudeville-inspired troupe Really Inventive Stuff, presents Rob Kapilow's delightful composition — a musical feast for the whole family.


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TINY TOTS CONCERTS Fridays at 10:30am, Saturdays at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30am Ages 0–5 | Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall Early childhood educators Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda™ create an interactive performance experience packed full of musical play, stories and song.

OCTOBER 7 OR 8

GOLDYHANDS AND THE THREE BOWS It is a very musical life for Goldyhands! This treasured fairy tale shimmers with musical enchantment when “Four Seasons” of musical play engage audiences young and old. Accompanied by the music of Antonio Vivaldi and a string trio. DECEMBER 9 OR 10

HOLIDAY HOORAY! Hooray, hooray, we'll have fun in the snow today! Sing-along to frosty favorites while you movealong with miniatures from “The Nutcracker,” “Babes in Toyland” and other sparkly holiday classics. Accompanied by a brass trio. FEBRUARY 17 OR 18

MOTHER GOOSE GOES TO THE SYMPHONY Let's enjoy a well-loved book, and combine classic literature with well-known symphonies. Featuring the music of Haydn’s “Surprise,” Dvořák’s “New World,” Beethoven’s Ninth and more! Accompanied by a mixed ensemble. MAY 6

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APRIL 7 OR 8

A GARDEN FULL OF SONGS Hop with Bela Bunny, sing with Kitty Kitty and enjoy other garden friends in this enchanting story featuring folk music and the music of Béla Bartók. Accompanied by a string quartet.

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In this dramatic storyline, the conductor has prepared a program of music from the various artistic disciplines but finds his efforts complicated by the unexpected participation of two audience members. Musical challenges between bugle and trumpet and tap dancing to ballet music are just part of the action as these two characters and the audience learn about the orchestra, its music and the art of listening.

JUNE 2 OR 3

A PLAYDATE WITH BRAHMS

Explore fast and slow music on three playdates: at a friends’ house, at the park and at a concert. Play hide and seek, bounce the ball and other favorite games set to the music of Johannes Brahms. Accompanied by a woodwind quartet.


HOLIDAY CONCERTS Various Dates & Times Reserve your seats now for the Seattle Symphony’s popular holiday performances before tickets go on sale to the general public.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, AT 8PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, AT 1 & 8PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, AT 2PM

HANDEL MESSIAH Nicole Parker SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, AT 2PM

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Stuart Chafetz, conductor Nicole Parker, vocals University of Washington Chorale Conductor Stuart Chafetz and the UW Chorale return after this past year’s sensational debut of the new Holiday Pops program. Joining in will be singer and comedienne Nicole Parker, star of Wicked and Mad TV. This year’s program promises to delight you with holiday classics and surprise you with humor, joy and the heartfelt warmth of the season.

Stephen Layton, conductor Eleanor Dennis, soprano Helen Charlston, alto Gwilym Bowen, tenor Robert Davies, baritone Seattle Symphony Chorale A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists honor Handel’s greatest work.

Seattle Symphony Chorale FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, AT 7:30PM

Stuart Chafetz

A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS Joseph Crnko, conductor Northwest Boychoir / Vocalpoint! Seattle Members of the Northwest Sinfonia The remarkably talented and endearing Northwest Boychoir along with Vocalpoint! Seattle present the story of the Nativity told through reading, choral setting and audience carols. A heartwarming evening of music perfect for the whole family.

Patricio Touceda & Eva Lucero WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, AT 7:30PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, AT 7:30PM

THE FOUR SEASONS Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Elisa Barston, violin Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, tango dancers PIAZZOLLA: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires VIVALDI: Four Seasons Back by popular demand, Vivaldi’s lyrical masterpiece sings with color and beauty. Paired with the tango-inspired work by famed Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring renowned tango dancers Touceda and Lucero. A dazzling evening that will take you from the most celebrated of Italian Baroque composers to the passionate rhythms of Argentina.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE THE CLASSIC SOUL OF MOTOWN Michael Krajewski, conductor Capathia Jenkins, vocals Darius de Haas, vocals What better way to celebrate the New Year than with the Seattle Symphony performing the timeless grooves of classic soul. The astounding voices of Capathia Jenkins and her Broadway co-star Darius de Haas will revisit the kings and queens of that iconic era including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and many more. Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the Symphony in this return to the music you know and love.

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Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Yo-Yo Ma, cello BARTÓK: Romanian Folk Dances MOZART: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a MOZART: Overture La  Finta Giardiniera and Allegro, K. 121 HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb

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Stuart Chafetz, conductor Cirque de la Symphonie

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CIRQUE GOES TO THE CINEMA

OCTOBER 7–9

TINY TOTS CONCERTS

GOLDYHANDS AND THE THREE BOWS

OCTOBER 7 & 8

OCTOBER

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Xavier Phillips, cello BRAHMS: Tragic Overture ELGAR: Cello Concerto DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 5

MASTERWORKS

ELGAR CELLO CONCETRO

SEPTEMBER 29, 30 & OCTOBER 1

Ludovic Morlot, conductor PROKOFIEV: The Love for Three Oranges BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 GABRIEL PROKOFIEV: New Work (World Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8

MASTERWORKS

BEETHOVEN & PROKOFIEV

SEPTEMBER 22, 24 & 25

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Joyce DiDonato, soprano

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SEPTEMBER 17

SEPTEMBER

FEBRUARY 17 & 18

Michael Krajewski, conductor Capathia Jenkins, vocals Darius de Haas, vocals

HOLIDAY CONCERTS

NEW YEAR’S EVE THE CLASSIC SOUL OF MOTOWN

DECEMBER 31

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor VIVALDI: Four Seasons

UNTUXED SERIES

VIVALDI UNTUXED

DECEMBER 30

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Elisa Barston, violin Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, tango dancers PIAZZOLLA: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires VIVALDI: Four Seasons

HOLIDAY CONCERTS

THE FOUR SEASONS

DECEMBER 28 & 29

Joseph Crnko, conductor Northwest Boychoir / Vocalpoint! Seattle Members of the Northwest Sinfonia

HOLIDAY CONCERTS

A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Reginald Mobley, countertenor Seattle Symphony Chorale RAMEAU: Suite from Naïs HANDEL: Aria: “Fammi combattere mostri e tifei” from Orlando

BAROQUE & WINE SERIES

BACH & HANDEL

FEBRUARY 24 & 25

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Serenata Notturna for Oboe and String Quartet STRAVINSKY: Elegy for Solo Viola SCHUBERT: Octet

CHAMBER SERIES

SCHUBERT OCTET

FEBRUARY 21

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Joshua Bell, violin BARBER: The School for Scandal Overture BARBER: Violin Concerto DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8

MASTERWORKS

JOSHUA BELL BARBER VIOLIN CONCERTO

FEBRUARY 17 & 18

TINY TOTS CONCERTS

MOTHER GOOSE GOES TO THE SYMPHONY

FLUKE/GABELEIN ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

Stephen Layton, conductor Seattle Symphony Chorale DECEMBER 23

JOSEPH ADAM

HOLIDAY CONCERTS

FEBRUARY 13

Leonidas Kavakos, violin Yuja Wang, piano MEDTNER: Two Canzonas with Dances for Violin and Piano SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C major DEBUSSY: Violin Sonata in G minor BARTÓK: Violin Sonata No. 1

HANDEL MESSIAH

DECEMBER 16, 17 & 18

Stuart Chafetz, conductor Nicole Parker, vocals University of Washington Chorale

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DECEMBER 9–11

DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS SERIES

LEONIDAS KAVAKOS & YUJA WANG

HOLIDAY HOORAY! TINY TOTS CONCERTS

FEBRUARY 10

DECEMBER 9 & 10

Alessandro De Marchi, conductor VIVALDI: Sinfonia in C major from L’Olimpiade GALUPPI: Concerto a quattro, No. 2 in G major CALDARA: Sinfonia in D major, “Santa Francesca” VIVALDI: Concerto for Four Violins, RV 580

MASTERWORKS

ITALIAN MASTERS

MAY 7

Magic Circle Mime Co.

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

MAGIC CIRCLE MIME THE LISTENER

MAY 6

Alessandro De Marchi, conductor VIVALDI: Sinfonia in C major from L’Olimpiade GALUPPI: Concerto a quattro, No. 2 in G major CALDARA: Sinfonia in D major, “Santa Francesca” VIVALDI: Concerto for Four Violins, RV 580 GEMINIANI: Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor, Op. 5, No. 2 “La Follia” ALBINONI: Sinfonia in G major

BAROQUE & WINE SERIES

ITALIAN MASTERS

MAY 5 & 6

MAY

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor The Bearded Ladies PAUL MORAVEC: Andy Warhol Sez YANNIS KYRIAKIDES: tinkling HEATH ALLEN AND DAN VISCONTI: Selections from ANDY: A Popera (World Premiere)

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NOVEMBER 4

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Sergey Khachatryan, violin BERLIOZ: Les francs-juges Overture SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

MASTERWORKS

TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 5

NOVEMBER 3, 5 & 6

NOVEMBER

Hilary Hahn, violin

DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS SERIES

HILARY HAHN

OCTOBER 30

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Agata Zubel, soprano LUTOSŁAWSKI: Chain 1 LUTOSŁAWSKI: Chantefleurs et Chantefables AGATA ZUBEL: Chapter 13

[UNTITLED] SERIES

[UNTITLED] 1

OCTOBER 28

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Inon Barnatan, piano AGATA ZUBEL: New Work (World Premiere) BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2

MASTERWORKS

BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

OCTOBER 27 & 29

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

LEMONY SNICKET THE COMPOSER IS DEAD

OCTOBER 22

Richard Egarr, organ and conductor PURCELL: Suite from The Fairy Queen LAWES: Fantasy from Consort Set in Six Parts in C major HANDEL: Organ Concerto “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale” HANDEL: Organ Concerto in B flat major Op. 4, No. 6 BIBER: Battalia HANDEL: Water Music Suite (arr. Egarr)

BAROQUE & WINE

HANDEL WATER MUSIC

OCTOBER 21 & 22

Itzhak Perlman, conductor & violin Mary Lynch, oboe Seattle Symphony Chorale J.S. BACH: Violin and Oboe Concerto MOZART: Requiem

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PERLMAN CONDUCTS MOZART REQUIEM

OCTOBER 15 & 16

n at a g Alexei Lubimov, piano ALEXANDRE RABINOVITCH-BARAKOVSKY: Récit de Voyage USTVOLSKAYA: Octet for 4 violins, 2 oboes, timpani and piano PAVEL KARMANOV: The City I Love and Hate

[UNTITLED] SERIES

[UNTITLED] 2

JANUARY 27

James Feddeck, conductor MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides (“Fingal’s Cave”) SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5

UNTUXED SERIES

SCHUBERT UNTUXED

JANUARY 27

James Feddeck, conductor Alexei Lubimov, piano MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides (“Fingal’s Cave”) HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D major RAVEL: Le tombeau de Couperin SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5

MASTERWORKS

MENDELSSOHN & SCHUBERT

JANUARY 26 & 28

JANUARY 19 Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Kevin Ahfat, piano Aleksey Semenenko, violin Edgar Moreau, cello SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1 SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 2 SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 1 JANUARY 20 Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Kevin Ahfat, piano Aleksey Semenenko, violin Edgar Moreau, cello SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 2 SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 2 SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

SHOSTAKOVICH CONCERTO FESTIVAL

JANUARY 19 & 20

Steven Reineke, conductor Megan Hilty, vocals

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LUCK BE A LADY MEGAN HILTY SINGS SINATRA & MORE

JANUARY 13–15

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Northwest Boychoir Seattle Symphony Chorale MESSIAEN: Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9

MASTERWORKS

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9

JANUARY 5, 7 & 8

JANUARY

BROADWAY ROCKS WITH THE SEATTLE MEN’S CHORUS

SEATTLE POPS SERIES Title Sponsor MCM

George Daugherty, conductor

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Alexander Melnikov, piano RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 1 RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2

MASTERWORKS

DAUSGAARD CONDUCTS RACHMANINOV

MARCH 30, 31 & APRIL 1

Stephen Cleobury, conductor King’s College Choir

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

KING’S COLLEGE CHOIR

MARCH 27

Shizuo Z Kuwahara, conductor

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

CELEBRATE ASIA

MARCH 26

Ludovic Morlot, conductor BEETHOVEN: Prometheus Overture BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5

UNTUXED SERIES

BEETHOVEN UNTUXED

MARCH 24

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Bertrand Chamayou, piano BEETHOVEN: Prometheus Overture BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 2 MARTINŮ: Memorial to Lidice BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5

MASTERWORKS

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 5

MARCH 23 & 25

SMETANA: Piano Trio BACH: Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 1 in G major

CHAMBER SERIES

BACH & JANÁČEK

JUNE 13

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Pekka Kuusisto, violin HELEN GRIME: New Work (U.S. Premiere) MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3

MASTERWORKS

PEKKA KUUISTO MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

JUNE 8, 9 & 10

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Jan Lisiecki, piano Seattle Symphony musicians MENDELSSOHN: Octet MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme”

UNTUXED SERIES

MOZART UNTUXED

JUNE 2

TINY TOTS CONCERTS

A PLAYDATE WITH BRAHMS

JUNE 2 & 3

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Jan Lisiecki, piano Seattle Symphony Chorale BIZET: Jeux d’enfants MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme” RAVEL: L’enfant et les sortilèges

MASTERWORKS

RAVEL’S MAGICAL OPERA

JUNE 1 & 3

JUNE

FLUKE/GABELEIN ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

Ludovic Morlot, conductor James Ehnes, violin DEBUSSY: Printemps AARON JAY KERNIS: Violin Concerto (U.S. premiere) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

DAVID BRIGGS

MASTERWORKS

MAY 22

Steven Reineke, conductor Capathia Jenkins, vocals Christiane Noll, vocals Rob Evan, vocals Seattle Men’s Chorus

BEETHOVEN PASTORAL SYMPHONY

MARCH 16, 17 & 18

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor Really Inventive Stuff

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

DR. SEUSS GREEN EGGS & HAM

MARCH 4

SEATTLE POPS SERIES Title Sponsor MCM

MAY 19–21

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II

MARCH 3–5

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor THEESatisfaction

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

SONIC EVOLUTION 2

MAY 12

GEMINIANI: Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor, Op. 5, No. 2 “La Follia” ALBINONI: Sinfonia in G major

MARCH

J.S. BACH: Aria: “Widerstehe doch der Sunde” from Cantata No. 54 J.S. BACH: “Agnus Dei” from Mass in B minor LULLY: Selections from Le bourgeois gentilhomme HANDEL: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne


Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

TINY TOTS CONCERTS

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Emanuel Ax, piano IVES: New England Holidays BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin DEBUSSY: Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un Faune” (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) BRUCH: Violin Concert No. 1 PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5

MASTERWORKS

HILARY HAHN BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1

FEBRUARY 9, 11 & 12

A GARDEN FULL OF SONGS

MASTERWORKS

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SEATTLE POPS SERIES

Emmanuel Krivine, conductor George Li, piano ZEMLINSKY: The Mermaid TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

MASTERWORKS

TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1

APRIL 27 & 29

Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin, piano MOZART: Larghetto and Allegro in E-flat major STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Two Pianos DEBUSSY: En blanc et noir STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring

DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS SERIES

LEIF OVE ANDSNES & MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN

APRIL 24

Ludovic Morlot, conductor BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5

MASTERWORKS

MORLOT CONDUCTS BRUCKNER

APRIL 20 & 22

Neeme Järvi, conductor Stephen Hough, piano RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini PROKOFIEV: Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet

UNTUXED SERIES

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APRIL 14

Neeme Järvi, conductor Stephen Hough, piano STENHAMMAR: Serenade RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini PROKOFIEV: Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet

MASTERWORKS

RACHMANINOV RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Audrey Luna, soprano Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano Seattle Symphony Chorale LIGETI: Requiem MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5

FLUKE/GABELEIN ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

APRIL 13 & 15

JUNE 22, 24 & 25

CHRISTIAN WILSON

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Erin Wall, soprano R. STRAUSS: Four Last Songs R. STRAUSS: An Alpine Symphony

MASTERWORKS

THE GENIUS OF STRAUSS

JUNE 15 & 17

SZYMANOWSKI: Three Myths for piano and violin JANÁČEK: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”

APRIL 10

SEATTLE POPS SERIES Title Sponsor MCM

REBIRTH BRASS BAND

APRIL 7–9

APRIL 7 & 8

MASTERWORKS

APRIL

EMANUEL AX BEETHOVEN EMPEROR

FEBRUARY 2 & 4

FEBRUARY

MASTERWORKS SERIES

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

ROB KAPILOW THE POLAR EXPRESS

DECEMBER 3

Edward Gardner, conductor Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano Robert Murray, tenor David Soar, baritone Seattle Symphony Chorale ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius

MASTERWORKS

THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS

DECEMBER 1 & 3

DECEMBER

Mikhail Agrest, conductor Lucas Debargue, piano TCHAIKOVSKY: Mazeppa Overture RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 4 SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11

MASTERWORKS

RACHMANINOV PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4

NOVEMBER 17, 18 & 19

RAVEL: Sonata for violin & cello SOFIA GUBAIDULINA: Piano Quintet SCHNITTKE: String Quartet No. 3 MOZART: “Kegelstatt” Trio, K. 498

CHAMBER SERIES

RAVEL & MOZART

NOVEMBER 15

Ludovic Morlot, conductor KENJI BUNCH: Megalophis (World Premiere) SCOTT MCALLISTER: Black Dog

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

SONIC EVOLUTION 1

NOVEMBER 11

Alan Buribayev, conductor Sol Gabetta, cello RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Suite from Tale of Tsar Saltan SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

MASTERWORKS

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

NOVEMBER 10 & 12

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Los Angeles Philharmonic MAHLER: Symphony No. 9

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVES

DUDAMEL & THE LA PHIL

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* Ticket prices include a $3 facility fee per ticket for the preservation of Benaroya Hall. Facility fee waived for children’s concerts. All prices are in U.S. dollars. All orders and seating subject to availability. All payments are processed upon receipt of order; this is not a guarantee of seating, but of your placement in the queue for the seats you’ve requested. You will be contacted by phone with any seating questions. No refunds will be made after your series has begun. All programs, artists and prices are subject to change without notice. Group subscriptions are available by calling 206.215.4818. Children 5 years of age and older are welcome at all performances with a purchased ticket.

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SUBSCRIBER REWARDS Savings on the Best Seats ♦ Save up to 20% over single ticket prices. ♦ Lock in the best prices for single concert add-ons, plus save 15% per ticket*! ♦ Save 10% on recordings and other merchandise at Symphonica,

The Symphony Store. *Not available for all performances.

Priority Status ♦ Priority presale opportunities for added concerts and special events. ♦ Access to the best remaining seats for you and your friends during

Subscriber Advantage Week (July 23–29, 2016). ♦ FREE one-time seating upgrade coupon.

Flexibility & Service ♦ FREE and easy ticket exchanges.

(Upgrade costs may apply.) ♦ FREE lost ticket replacement. ♦ One Missed Concert Voucher to redeem after a missed concert.

Subscriber VIP Rewards ♦ FREE access to the Naxos Online Music Library all season long. ♦ Exclusive invitations to special concerts and subscriber-only Open Rehearsals. ♦ Enjoy discounts at local restaurants near or in Benaroya Hall.

SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR THE BEST SEATS AT THE BEST PRICES! Sample Our Season Now for Free! Log on to the Naxos Music Library to listen to what the 2016–2017 season has to offer. VISIT: naxosmusiclibrary.com USERNAME: SymphonySubs PASSWORD: 20162017 After logging in, choose the Playlists tab, then open the Seattle Symphony 2016–2017 season folder and select a series. We’ve created specialized playlists for each of our classical series, as well as a playlist for each concert in the Masterworks series. Or simply enter the name of a composer, artist or piece in the Keyword Search to start streaming.

Questions? Visit youtube.com/naxosonlinelibraries for step-by-step video instructions or email info@seattlesymphony.org. Free Naxos trial access expires April 2, 2016. Access available year-round to Seattle Symphony subscribers.

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Supporters of the Seattle Symphony bring our music to life — from the season of concerts we all love, to behindthe-scenes programs delivered throughout the Seattle community. We invite you to join our donor family today by adding a gift when you renew your subscription. Your donation makes it possible for us to attract and retain the best musicians, bring world-class conductors and soloists to the stage and keep ticket prices affordable. In addition to the concerts you attend, your gift supports education programs that are tailored to children of all ages, teaching young students to read and play music, and providing older students the opportunity to play side-by-side with Symphony musicians.

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Friends Lounge at intermission Open Rehearsal invites Symphonica and local restaurant discounts Open Rehearsal and Discussion invites Online access to the NAXOS listening library Two-for-one ticket coupon Annual Report listing Annual Meeting invite

You also fund community initiatives which include free tickets for people who cannot afford to attend, and programs like the Lullaby Project for homeless and distressed mothers who learn to write a personal lullaby for their babies. The impact your gift has on our community is immense. To thank you, we offer donor benefits that give you insider experiences with the orchestra and a deep connection to the music you make possible. Detailed benefits and donor levels are to the right.

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Questions? Contact Donor Relations 206.215.4832 | friends@seattlesymphony.org

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Season-end celebration with the orchestra Backstage tour and toast VIP ticketing service and hotline Invitation to luncheon with orchestra musicians Priority invitation to patron tours VIP reservation service for Muse restaurant Musician sponsorships start at $10,000. Call Marsha Wolf at 206.215.4844 to learn more about this opportunity.

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