Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan Proclaim Seattle Symphony Day

From left: Alexander White (Seattle Symphony & Opera Players’ Organization Chairperson and Assistant Principal Trumpet), Elena Dubinets (Seattle Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning and Creative Projects), Lisa Herbold (City of Seattle Councilmember), Krishna Thiagarajan (Seattle Symphony President and CEO), Dmitriy Lipay (Seattle Symphony Director of Audio and Recording), René Ancinas (Seattle Symphony Board Chair). Photo: James Holt / Seattle Symphony

The joint proclamation declares September 24, 2018 as Seattle Symphony Day in recognition of the orchestra being named Orchestra of the Year by Gramophone.

By Shiva Shafii

Today the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan proclaimed September 24, 2018 as Seattle Symphony Day in honor of the orchestra’s outstanding achievements that led to being named Orchestra of the Year by Gramophone.

An award that recognizes the artistic excellence of an ensemble, the Seattle Symphony was named Orchestra of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards in London on September 13, 2018.

In remarks at the Seattle City Council Meeting, Seattle Symphony President & CEO Krishna Thiagarajan commented “The Seattle Symphony is deeply committed to our wonderful city and we have been working very hard to show that through initiatives like the Music Beyond Borders concert and Simple Gifts. Programs like these demonstrate that creativity continues to persevere even under challenging situations.

“For us at the symphony, it is core to our mission to continue supporting these programs. Thank you to Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Seattle City Council for this honor, and to our wonderful Seattle community for all of your support.”

You can read the full text of the proclamation below:


WHEREAS, the Seattle Symphony held its first live performance on December 29, 1903; and

WHEREAS, in 1998 the Seattle Symphony inaugurated Benaroya Hall, now celebrating its 20th anniversary of welcoming over 400,000 visitors per year to over 400 events presented by the Symphony and other organizations; and

WHEREAS, the goals of the Seattle Symphony include striving for excellence, creating a culture that reflects its values, and building meaningful connections with its communities; and

WHEREAS, on February 8, 2017, the Seattle Symphony epitomized these values by presenting, on short notice, the free Music Without Borders: Voices from the Seven concert, in response to the executive order restricting travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations; and

WHEREAS, the Seattle Symphony’s 90 instrumentalists and the 120 volunteer members of the Seattle Symphony Chorale dedicate themselves to unleashing the power of music, bringing people together, and lifting the human spirit; and

WHEREAS, the Seattle Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people locally through live performances and radio broadcasts and reaches 65,000 children and adults through its education and community programs; and

WHEREAS, the Seattle Symphony has recorded over 150 albums, which has resulted in a global audience, 23 Grammy Award nominations, 3 Grammy Awards since 2015, two Emmy Awards, and numerous other accolades; and

WHEREAS, Ludovic Morlot has served as Music Director from 2011, presenting critically acclaimed performances and thrilling us with his innovative programming; and

WHEREAS, in 2014 the Seattle Symphony launched Seattle Symphony Media, which has released 21 recordings with Grammy-winning engineer and producer Dmitriy Lipay; and

WHEREAS, the Seattle Symphony was one of eight international ensembles nominated for the Orchestra of the Year Award by Gramophone, which recognizes artistic excellence; and

WHEREAS, at the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Awards in London, the Seattle Symphony was named Orchestra of the Year; and

WHEREAS, an essay in Gramophone honoring the Seattle Symphony noted, “The orchestra has transformed itself into a cherished, integral component of the cultural life of its rapidly growing home city through imaginative programming, collaborations with artists from a diversity of genres, and initiatives that mirror the progressive vision of its audience (including work with the homeless and inmates of local prisons).”

NOW THEREFORE, the City Council and Mayor honor the Seattle Symphony for winning the 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award, and hereby proclaim September 24, 2018 to be SEATTLE SYMPHONY DAY.

Posted on September 24, 2018