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Press Release:

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS DELIGHT FAMILIES WITH MUSIC AND STORIES THIS SEASON

Press Release:

Wednesday, 5 October, 2016


Seattle, WA—Seattle Symphony presents four exciting Classical KING FM Family Concerts this season creating memorable experiences for families and children. These hour-long concerts designed for children 12 and under feature popular stories and music that will charm, delight and inspire.

The Family Concerts series begins on Saturday, October 22 with The Composer is Dead (text by Lemony Snicket), a wacky murder mystery where everyone seems to have a motive and an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. With music by Nathaniel Stookey, audiences can discover the instruments of the orchestra as the Inspector interrogates all of the usual suspects. Halloween costumes encouraged at this concert, and patrons are invited to a carnival in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby after the concert with games, crafts, instruments and prizes!

The series continues on December 3 with The Polar Express with musical arrangements by Rob Kapilow, featuring illustrations from the book projected above. The Symphony presents Dr. Seuss’ classic culinary curiosity Green Eggs & Ham on March 4, featuring vaudeville-inspired troupe Really Inventive Stuff.  The series concludes on May 6 with the dramatic story The Listener, featuring Magic Circle Mime.

Classical KING FM Family Concerts are designed for ages 12 and below, and are one hour long. Guests are encouraged to come early for pre-concert activities in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, featuring crafts and an instrument petting zoo. Tickets can be purchased online at www.seattlesymphony.org, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony’s iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple’s App Store or Android’s App Store.

Concerts and Program Details

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

LEMONY SNICKET THE COMPOSER IS DEAD

Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

Jessica Skerritt, host

Dane Stokinger, narrator

Nathan Lee, piano

Seattle Symphony

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Danse macabre, Op. 40

SERGEY RACHMANINOV: Allegro scherzando from Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

NATHANIEL STOOKEY/text by LEMONY SNICKET: The Composer is Dead

There's dreadful news from the concert hall — the composer is dead! In this wacky murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. Discover the instruments of the orchestra as the Inspector interrogates all of the usual suspects. Wear your costumes to this symphonic whodunit! Music by Nathaniel Stookey.

Tickets $15 Students/Seniors, $20 Adults

Concert sponsored by Microsoft

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

ROB KAPILOW

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Saturday, December 3, at 11 a.m.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

Jessica Skerritt, host

Takumi Taguchi, violin

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices

Seattle Symphony

LÉO DELIBES: Prelude and Mazurka from Coppélia

GEORGES BIZET: “La garde montante” from Carmen

MAX BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

MYKOLA LEONTOVYCH: “Carol Of The Bells”

FRANZ XAVER GRUBER: “Silent Night”

J. PIERPONT: “Jingle Bells”

ROBERT KAPILOW: The Polar Express

Make your musical holiday memories this season with the Seattle Symphony. The blockbuster Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard film score has been masterfully scored for full orchestra. The Polar Express medley includes “Believe,” “The Polar Express,” “When Christmas Comes to Town” and “Spirit of the Season.” Bring the entire family together to enjoy the beautiful music and holiday spirit.

Tickets $15 Students/Seniors, $20 Adults

Concert sponsored by Microsoft

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

DR. SEUSS

GREEN EGGS & HAM

Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

Jessica Skerritt, host

Really Inventive Stuff

Seattle Symphony

JOHN ADAMS: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

LEOPOLD MOZART: Cassatio Ex G (“Children's Symphony”)

GUSTAV HOLST: Juniper from The Planets

ROBERT KAPILOW: Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham

“Do you like Green Eggs and Ham?” Spend your Saturday with Sam-I-Am and a Seussical Diva in this orchestral celebration of Dr. Seuss’ classic culinary curiosity. The Seattle Symphony, partnering with the vaudeville-inspired troupe Really Inventive Stuff, presents Robert Kapilow's delightful composition — a musical feast for the whole family.

Tickets $15 Students/Seniors, $20 Adults

Concert sponsored by Microsoft

CLASSICAL KING FM FAMILY CONCERTS

MAGIC CIRCLE MIME

THE LISTENER

Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m.

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor

Jessica Skerritt, host

Magic Circle Mime Co.

Seattle Symphony

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide

DMIRTRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Polka from The Golden Age, Op. 22

GEORGES BIZET: Les Toréadors from Carmen

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, Op. 20

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Finale: Allegro from Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543

In this dramatic storyline, the conductor has prepared a program of music from the various artistic disciplines but finds his efforts complicated by the unexpected participation of two audience members. Musical challenges between bugle and trumpet and tap dancing to ballet music are just part of the action as these two characters and the audience learn about the orchestra, its music and the art of listening.

Tickets $15 Students/Seniors, $20 Adults

The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Boeing Company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Inc., the Elizabeth McGraw Foundation, the Fales Foundation Trust, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Peach Foundation, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, the Schiff Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Ten Grands Seattle, the U.S. Bank Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Wyman Youth Trust.

About the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.


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