Tchaikovsky “Pathétique” Symphony

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Without exaggeration,” Tchaikovsky wrote about his sixth and final symphony, “I have put my whole soul into this work.” Visceral and impassioned, this defining work of the Romantic era is an emotional tour de force. Encompassing a lifetime of emotions within a single symphony, the Pathétique files to euphoric highs, dives to depths of utter despair, and visits every emotion between — promising an edge-of-your-seat experience for anyone within earshot. Plus, the Symphony’s principal wind players take center stage in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante and composer Jörg Widmann offers a modern take on the concert overture.

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Thursday, 21 January, 2021 7:30PM

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Friday, 22 January, 2021 8:00PM

The Roots: Brahms’ Inspiration

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Music Director Thomas Dausgaard leads an exploration into the roots of Brahms’ musical inspiration, from the rhythmic folk dances of Hungary to the transcendent Baroque forms found in the composer’s final symphony. Dive into the whirling energy and deep pathos of Romani folk music in Kodály’s toe-tapping Dances of Galánta, inspired by the folk and army bands the young composer heard in his youth. Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos continues this high-octane program, weaving traditional Romani folk music into the fabric of Brahms’ ever-popular Hungarian Dances. Then, we pivot to the passionate intensity of Brahms’ final symphony, one of his most enduringly popular and astonishing works. 

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Thursday, 4 February, 2021 7:30PM

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Saturday, 6 February, 2021 8:00PM

Stravinsky The Firebird

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Stravinsky’s evocative Firebird Suite is as thrilling as it gets, from the heart-thumping Infernal Dance to its glorious, glittering finale. It’s no wonder this beloved, colorful score vaulted Stravinsky into stardom. Plus, as part of the critically acclaimed cycle of live recordings on Seattle Symphony Media, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard continues his exploration into the music of his fellow Dane Carl Nielsen, this time with the composer's quirky Sixth Symphony. Also on the program is the U.S. premiere of Enrico Chapela’s Violin Concerto.

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Thursday, 11 February, 2021 7:30PM

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Friday, 12 February, 2021 12:00PM

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Saturday, 13 February, 2021 8:00PM

Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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For the romantics among us, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini has it all: thrilling virtuosity, gloriously lush melodies, thunderous power and the hint of a diabolical backstory. It's the perfect vehicle for Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov, whose performances are hailed as "electrifying and rhapsodic" (The New York Times). Plus, hear Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3, a more intimate side of another great Romantic.

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Thursday, 18 February, 2021 7:30PM

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Saturday, 20 February, 2021 8:00PM

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Sunday, 21 February, 2021 2:00PM

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

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Pianist Steven Osborne is known for insightful and idiomatic interpretations of classic repertoire — a perfect fit for Beethoven’s highly original Fourth Piano Concerto. Plus, the orchestra performs Strauss’ vibrant and charming Le bourgeois gentilhomme and Hannah Kendall’s Kanashibari, are in the great hands of conductor Jonathon Heyward. 

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Thursday, 25 February, 2021 7:30PM

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Saturday, 27 February, 2021 8:00PM

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Sunday, 28 February, 2021 2:00PM

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