Friday Matinees


Bring your students to enjoy full-length matinee concerts with the Seattle Symphony! Schools receive discounted tickets and clock hours are available for teachers with pre-concert talk attendance.

Pre-concert Talks

Pre-concert Talks are presented one hour prior to each performance and are curated by the Seattle Symphony Education and Community Engagement staff. Free with ticket purchase.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $15 per person. Friday Matinee concerts begin at 12 noon; pre-concert talks at 11am.

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Group Services Manager at 206.215.4818 or

Order must be placed 6 weeks in advance. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply. Programs subject to change. The Seattle Symphony is unable to cover transportation costs.

Mahler Symphony No. 1

Friday, September 20, 2019 12:00PM

In his opening concert of the Masterworks Season, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard sets an exhilarating course with Mahler’s universal First Symphony. Brahms’ piano concertos are on a scale larger than even some of his symphonies, and Yefim Bronfman explores the full dynamic range of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, from the jubilant scherzo to the graceful finale. The lively Flounce by the Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski opens the evening.

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Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Friday, November 15, 2019 12:00PM

Crippling self-doubt and scars from scathing reviews almost silenced Rachmaninov as a composer, but he fought his way back to create his rapturous Second Symphony, a work saturated with heart-wrenching beauty. In her new concerto, composer Angelique Poteat envisions a timely musical discourse in which the cello “strives to promote art, expression and free will in an orchestral swarm of oppression, close-mindedness and uncertainty.”

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Beethoven Emperor Concerto

Friday, January 10, 2020 12:00PM

Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, his last and largest, earns its “Emperor” nickname with majestic keyboard flourishes and sumptuous orchestral surroundings. Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony jubilantly relives the brilliant sunshine, mystical nights and spirited locals that greeted the young genius on his Grand Tour.

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Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos

Friday, February 28, 2020 12:00PM

Composer, conductor and pianist Ryan Wigglesworth joins fellow pianist Marc-André Hamelin for a four-handed fugue and a romp through the showpiece that Mozart played with his equally gifted sister. Wigglesworth also presents the first American performance of his Mozart Variations for piano and orchestra. With boundaries blurred between composer and performer, this program rekindles the spirit of that golden age when Mozart was the toast of the town.

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Beethoven Festival Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7

Friday, June 12, 2020 12:00PM

Prepare to be dazzled by the Second Symphony, a pivotal work that blazed a path to glory for young Beethoven. Then Music Director Thomas Dausgaard leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s exhilarating Symphony No. 7 which celebrates relentless, infectious rhythms.

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