Songs of the Earth

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Thomas Dausgaard conducts music reflecting on the end of life. Mahler was inspired by Chinese poetry for his valedictory masterwork, Das Lied von der Erde. George Walker offers introverted and deeply personal reflections on four spiritual melodies in Folksongs for Orchestra. His Lyric for Strings, a touching tribute to the memory of his grandmother, is one of his best-loved works.

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Thursday, 10 February, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 12 February, 2022 8:00PM

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Sunday, 13 February, 2022 2:00PM

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

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Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska makes her debut with the Seattle Symphony in a riveting program featuring Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The concert begins with Adolphus Hailstork’s piece Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, which commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thursday, 3 March, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 5 March, 2022 8:00PM

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

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Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony triumphs over fate, a journey through troubles into joy and ecstasy — and some of the greatest melodies ever given to us. Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto prefigures the Hollywood sound with high romance and gorgeous melodies — played for us by the masterful James Ehnes. And to begin the program, William Grant Still’s Poem takes us from darkness into light.

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Thursday, 17 March, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 19 March, 2022 8:00PM

Mahler Sixth Symphony

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Music Director Thomas Dausgaard conducts Mahler’s tragic Sixth Symphony. Driven, bitter and sweet by turns, the music is haunted by echoes of a military march stalking through the symphony. Brief moments of nostalgia suggest hope might win — but in the end, Mahler revealed, three hammer-blows of fate fell the hero “like the stroke of an ax.”

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Thursday, 31 March, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 2 April, 2022 8:00PM

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Sunday, 3 April, 2022 2:00PM

Dausgaard Sibelius Symphony No. 2

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From its icy, desolate opening to its robust, jubilant finale, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto glows. Isabelle Faust performs the seldom-heard original version of the piece — full of unexpected twists and turns. Thomas Dausgaard expertly shapes the arching melodies and majestic lines of Sibelius’ Second Symphony. This program is part of the Seattle Symphony's two-year Sibelius Cycle.


ABOUT THE SIBELIUS CYCLE

Music Director Thomas Dausgaard brings his Nordic roots and unique insights to the music of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This two-year Sibelius Cycle will explore all seven of Sibelius’ symphonies over two seasons, plus the rarely performed, original version of his Violin Concerto; each symphony will be paired with exciting Seattle Symphony commissions and world premieres by contemporary composers.

Sibelius drew his inspiration from Finland’s enchanting natural wonders that mirror our own Pacific Northwest: glacial lakes, evergreen forests, sea breezes, migrating birds, long summer days and dark, sun-starved winters. This deep love of nature, with its ethereal beauty and creative inspiration, translates to the stage through Dausgaard’s own passion and reverence for the natural world that surrounds us.

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Thursday, 7 April, 2022 7:30PM

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Saturday, 9 April, 2022 8:00PM

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