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Shostakovich Concerto Festival I

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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.

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Thursday, 19 January, 2017 7:30PM

Shostakovich Concerto Festival II

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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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Friday, 20 January, 2017 8:00PM

National Geographic Live: Point of No Return

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In the fall of 2014, a National Geographic team set out on what they knew would be a harrowing journey to the summit of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi to determine if it is indeed Southeast Asia’s highest point. What they didn’t realize was that the greatest obstacle wouldn’t be their dwindling rations, or the grueling jungle hikes, or the life-threatening hypothermia. It was the force of conflicting personalities that threatened to unravel the entire endeavor. Leader Hilaree O’Neill recounts the tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together, accompanied by photographer Cory Richards’s dramatic stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s searing documentary, Down to Nothing.

This event is presented by the Seattle Symphony.

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Sunday, 22 January, 2017 2:00PM

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Monday, 23 January, 2017 7:30PM

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Tuesday, 24 January, 2017 7:30PM

Watjen Concert Organ Recital – Free Demonstration

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Join Resident Organist Joseph Adam for a free organ demonstration recital. Each program throughout the season will offer the listener a chance to hear Mr. Adam perform different selections from the vast organ repertoire highlighting the special nuances, interesting performance practices and stunning acoustics of the Watjen Concert Organ housed in Benaroya Hall.

The program lasts approximately 30 minutes and can be attended in conjunction with a building tour of Benaroya Hall. Individuals or groups of fewer than 10 people who wish to join a building tour do not require reservations and may choose to take an abbreviated tour at noon, or a full tour at 1pm. Please meet your tour guide in front of the Grand Lobby entrance in The Boeing Company Gallery at the corner of Third Avenue and University Street. If your group includes 10 or more people, please call 206.215.4856 at least two weeks in advance to inquire about group availability.

You do not need a reservation in order to attend the Watjen Concert Organ Recital-Demonstrations.

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Monday, 23 January, 2017 12:30PM

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Monday, 27 March, 2017 12:30PM

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Monday, 8 May, 2017 12:30PM

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Monday, 17 July, 2017 12:30PM

Mendelssohn & Schubert

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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.

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Thursday, 26 January, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 28 January, 2017 8:00PM

Side-by-Side Concert with University of Washington Symphony Orchestra

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Enjoy this free Side-by-Side concert with the Seattle Symphony and University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot and University of Washington Director of Orchestras Dr. David Alexander Rahbee, witness sensational works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Berlioz, Copland, and Gershwin. This exciting program will also feature soloist Seattle Symphony Piano Competition winner Kevin Ahfat.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Limit two tickets per request. Advance tickets may be ordered online. Tickets may also be requested in person at the ArtsUW Ticket Office, 1313 NE 41st St., Seattle WA 98105, or by phone at 206.543.4880.

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Thursday, 26 January, 2017 7:30PM

Schubert Untuxed

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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. This shorter, no-intermission Untuxed concert presents a low-stress way to begin your weekend.

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Friday, 27 January, 2017 7:00PM

[UNTITLED] 2

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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.

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Friday, 27 January, 2017 10:00PM

Side-by-Side Concert with Roosevelt High School Symphony Orchestra

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Enjoy this free Side-by-Side concert with the Seattle Symphony and Roosevelt High School Symphony Orchestra. Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot will conduct both orchestras for the colorful Gershwin favorite Cuban Overture. This program will also feature Seattle Symphony Young Artist Andrew Angelos in a performance of Dukas’ Villanelle for Horn and Orchestra.

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Sunday, 29 January, 2017 12:00PM

Emanuel Ax Beethoven Emperor

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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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Thursday, 2 February, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 4 February, 2017 8:00PM

Hilary Hahn Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1

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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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Thursday, 9 February, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 11 February, 2017 8:00PM

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Sunday, 12 February, 2017 2:00PM

Leonidas Kavakos & Yuja Wang in Recital

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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.

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Friday, 10 February, 2017 8:00PM

Joseph Adam

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

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Monday, 13 February, 2017 7:30PM

Mother Goose Goes to Symphony

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Let's enjoy a well-loved book, and combine classic literature with well-known symphonies, with the music of Haydn’s “Surprise,” Dvořák's “New World,” Beethoven's Ninth and more! Featuring Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda™.

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Friday, 17 February, 2017 10:30AM

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Saturday, 18 February, 2017 9:30AM

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Saturday, 18 February, 2017 10:30AM

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Saturday, 18 February, 2017 11:30AM

Joshua Bell Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

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Beloved violinist Joshua Bell shines on Tchaikovsky’s heroic Violin Concerto. Dvořák’s uplifting Eighth Symphony evokes the simple, peaceful atmosphere of his Bohemian homeland.

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Friday, 17 February, 2017 8:00PM

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Saturday, 18 February, 2017 2:00PM

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Saturday, 18 February, 2017 8:00PM