Class Act

The Seattle Symphony offers a variety of concerts and programs that help teachers and students to build a strong arts vocabulary, respond to the arts, understand the relationship of music to science and the humanities, and learn more about the world of work created through the arts. All programs develop 21st-century skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, risk-taking and creativity. Programs are aligned with Washington State EALRs and Common Core grade-level standards.

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Concert Opportunities

Programs for Grades K–5

Programs for Grades 6 & Up

Programs for Teachers

Friday Matinees

Enjoy full-length concerts and a free 30-minute pre-concert talk (one hour prior to all performances). Teachers will receive program notes along with information about the acoustics of Benaroya Hall. Teachers! Clock hours are available with pre-concert attendance.

All concert performances begin at 12 noon. School groups receive special discount.

Tickets are $8 per student and $10 per adult. Advance orders only. To order tickets, contact our Group Sales Manager at 206.215.4818 or groupsales@seattlesymphony.org.

Subject to availability. Restrictions apply. Programs subject to change.

September 19, 2014
Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Seattle Symphony
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7
*Order by August 22, 2014

December 12, 2014
Joshua Roman with the Seattle Symphony
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello
Seattle Symphony
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Sleeping Beauty
*Order by November 14, 2014

January 16, 2015
Itzhak Perlman with the Seattle Symphony
Itzhak Perlman, conductor & violin
Seattle Symphony
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
*Order by August 22, 2014
** NO SCHOOL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE. ALL TICKETS ARE FULL PRICE.

April 17, 2015
Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Alexander Velinzon, violin
Seattle Symphony
Schnittke: Violin Concerto No. 4
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad”
*Order by March 29, 2015

Link Up: Seattle Symphony

As the new face of the Seattle Symphony’s Arts in Education school day concerts, Link Up: Seattle Symphony provides students the opportunity to join the orchestra in a highly participatory program in which they learn to sing and play recorder in the classroom using the provided Link Up curriculum and music, then attend a culminating concert at Benaroya Hall, performing with the Seattle Symphony from their seats.

During the 2014–2015 season, Link Up will feature The Orchestra Rocks curriculum which has students explore rhythm, pulse and groove in a range of colorful orchestral repertoire, including Holst’s Mars from The Planets, Carl Orff’s O Fortuna from Carmina Burana and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

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For more information, visit seattlesymphony.org/linkup

To request a Link Up brochure, email education@seattlesymphony.org

Link Up Concert Dates:
Tuesday, May 12, 2015: 10:30am & 12:15pm
Wednesday, May 13, 2015: 10:30am & 12:15pm
Thursday, May 14, 2015: 10:30am

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Open Rehearsals – New Format!

Designed for Secondary School Students

Designed exclusively for secondary students, Open Rehearsals invite students into the rehearsal process and lives of professional symphony musicians. Seattle Symphony Associate Conductor Stilian Kirov will help students understand rehearsal technique and explore how composers write for the different instruments of the orchestra. Question-and-answer sessions with Seattle Symphony musicians will begin and end the rehearsal.

All rehearsals are in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Open Rehearsal times are 10-11:30am. Fee: $2 per student; chaperones are not charged. The Seattle Symphony does not cover transportation costs.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

For more information, contact education@seattlesymphony.org or call 206.336.6650.

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The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop

Free for Pre-College Students

This workshop is a 12-week series of two-hour classes, with visits from guest composers. Designed for pre-college musicians, the workshop allows students to work on all aspects of composing, including writing themes, learning orchestration and preparing a final score with parts. Classes meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center.

This season, as part of our residency with kinetic sound artist Trimpin, young composers will have the rare opportunity to write for a new instrument designed for the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.

The program begins on February 18, 2015, and culminates on June 1, 2015, with a chamber concert featuring world premieres by these young composers. All pieces are performed by Seattle Symphony musicians in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Application deadline is January 5, 2015.

For more information, please contact education@seattlesymphony.org or call 206.336.6650.

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Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

Seattle Symphony Masterworks Season Concerts for Clock Hours
Attend a Masterworks Season concert with a Pre-concert Talk one hour before the performance for three clock hours through the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). Sign-in and registration information available at the Head Usher Station. For tickets, call the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 206.215.4747 or order online at www.seattlesymphony.org.

15% Educator Discount! Simply say that you are a teacher when you call or visit our Ticket Office and you will receive a 15% discount on tickets to most Seattle Symphony performances, whether you are seeking clock hours or just want to enjoy a great concert.

Subject to availability. Restrictions apply. No adjustment for previous purchases

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