While health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all performances through August 31, 2020. All ticket holders will be notified. Learn more and check the latest concert updates.

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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

Seattle Pops >

While health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel the August 8 & 9 performances with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. All ticket holders will be notified.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra celebrates 85 years of classic Basie swing! This historic orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, brings to Benaroya Hall such seminal big band hits as “April in Paris,” “One O’ Clock Jump,” “Li’l Darlin” and “Shiny Stockings.” Winners of 18 Grammy Awards and known as “the most explosive force in jazz,” they will be joined by vocalist Carmen Bradford for tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

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Saturday, 8 August, 2020 8:00PM


Sunday, 9 August, 2020 2:00PM

Building the Photo Ark (National Geographic Live)

National Geographic >

While health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining National Geographic Live events this season, including Hidden Wild: Secrets of the Everglades (July 19–21, 2020), From Summit to Sea (August 2–4, 2020) and Building the Photo Ark (August 16–18, 2020). All ticket holders will be notified.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit and a serious Midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with more than 9,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving.

National Geographic Live brings the top National Geographic photographers, scientists, filmmakers and adventurers to audiences around the world to share their unbelievable behind-the-scenes stories and stunning images and video.

This event is presented by the Seattle Symphony. The orchestra will not perform on this program.

Photo credit: Joel Sartore

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Sunday, 16 August, 2020 2:00PM


Monday, 17 August, 2020 7:30PM


Tuesday, 18 August, 2020 7:30PM

Opening Night Concert & Gala

Exclusives >

Music Director Thomas Dausgaard opens the 2020–2021 season with an all-time favorite: Tchaikovsky's grand First Piano Concerto. This hugely popular masterpiece delights with dizzying pyrotechnics and arching melodies — and with Artist in Residence Khatia Buniatishvili at the keyboard, weʼre guaranteed "playing straight from the heart” (The Guardian). This piece sits perfectly alongside a new work by one of our nations greatest living composers: John Adams’ multiculturally-inspired I Still Dance.

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Saturday, 19 September, 2020 5:00PM

Season Opening Reimagined

Exclusives >

Honoring Judith Fong

Presenting Sponsor


This year, our season opening concert and celebration is bigger than ever! Create your own season opening celebration and tune in on September 19 to see Seattle Symphony musicians back onstage for the first time since March!

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Saturday, 19 September, 2020 7:30PM

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Masterworks Series >

Revolutionary. Passionate. Diabolical. Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique is all that — and so much more. A vivid musical description of love-turned-obsession-turned-ghoulish nightmare, Berlioz' masterpiece positively overflows with raw emotion and unabashed melodrama. Paired with Mozart’s turbulent and stormy Piano Concerto No. 24 and a world premiere by composer-in-residence Reena Esmail, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard kicks off the  Delta | Masterworks season with the kind of satisfying emotional wallop that only symphonic music can provide.

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Thursday, 24 September, 2020 7:30PM


Saturday, 26 September, 2020 8:00PM


Sunday, 27 September, 2020 2:00PM

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