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Wednesday, 2 December, 2015

Festive Offerings Include Holiday Musical Salute, Performance of The Snowman, Holiday Pops with Tony DeSare, Holiday Hooray, Handel’s Messiah, A Festival of Lessons & Carols and Beethoven’s Ninth on New Year’s Eve

Photo caption:  Courtesy of Seattle Met, Ben van Houten, Brandon Patoc Photography

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Symphony celebrates the holidays with a wide range of festive concerts and traditions this month. Classical KING FM Family Concerts Series’ The Snowman kicks off the holiday celebrations on December 5, with the orchestra performing live-to-picture with the beloved animated film which tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with a snowman who comes to life. The much-anticipated annual Holiday Musical Salute (HMS) will take place on December 8 at the Westin Seattle Hotel with proceeds supporting the Seattle Symphony’s contribution to the Symphony Players’ Pension Plan. This annual celebration features a hot cider reception, pop-up shops and a luncheon, followed by a special performances of seasonal favorites by the Seattle Symphony along with young violinist Marley Erickson of Port Townsend and the Northwest Boychoir Apprentices.

The annual Holiday Pops concert on December 11 through 13 will feature Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and acclaimed pianist/singer Tony DeSare performing a program of holiday favorites with the orchestra led by conductor Staurt Chafetz. Joining them on stage will also be special guest Richard Ziman, the University of Washington Chorale and the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline. Holiday Hooray, a Tiny Tots program designed for families with children ages 0 to 5, will take place on December 11 and 12. Handel’s Messiah returns for four performances from December 18 through 20, with conductor and tenor Paul Agnew leading the orchestra and the Seattle Symphony Chorale, featuring soprano Anna Devin, countertenor Benno Schachtner, and baritone Matthew Burns. A Festival of Lessons & Carols follows on December 22 featuring the Northwest Boychoir, Vocalpoint! Seattle and members of the Northwest Sinfonia, led by conductor Joseph Crnko.

The Holiday traditions culminate with four performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony from December 30 through January 3, including the New Year’s Eve: Concert, Countdown and Celebration. Conducted by Andrew Grams, the concerts also include Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck and Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams.  The New Year’s Eve celebration also features a performance by electro-swing band Good Co and will be followed by a special countdown to midnight and post-concert party.


The Snowman
Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
Matthew Bratton, boy soprano
Sabrina Husseini, soprano
Seattle Opera Youth Chorus
Seattle Symphony

This charming animated film tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with a snowman who comes to life and takes him on a magical journey. The Symphony performs Howard Blake’s award-winning soundtrack, including its most famous song “Walking in the Air,” sung by boy soprano Matthew Bratton.

Pre-concert activities begin at 10 a.m. in the Grand Lobby.

Post-concert caroling featuring the Endolyne Children’s Choir following the show in the Grand Lobby.

Performance sponsored by Microsoft

TICKETS: $15 Students/Seniors; $20 Adults


Holiday Musical Salute
Tuesday, December 8 at 10 a.m.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
Marley Erickson, violin
Northwest Boychoir Apprentices
Seattle Symphony

Kick off the holidays at the Seattle Symphony’s annual Holiday Musical Salute, featuring fabulous pop-up gift shops and a concert of seasonal favorites by the Seattle Symphony. This popular holiday tradition includes a hot cider reception and luncheon, all to benefit the Seattle Symphony Players’ Pension Plan. It’s the perfect way to start your holiday season!

Tickets from $125

Presenting Sponsor: Delta Air Lines


Holiday Pops
Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 at 2 p.m.

Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocals
Tony DeSare, piano and vocals
Richard Ziman, special guest
University of Washington Chorale
Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline
Seattle Symphony

Want your heart warmed? Your show stopped? Care to be charmed and wooed into the holiday spirit? Then here it is, an all-new Holiday Pops program featuring Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and the renowned Tony DeSare performing your A-list of songs from “Let it Snow” and “Baby it’s Cold Outside” to “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and an incredible performance of “Little Bolero Boy” with the Seattle Seahawks' drumline, “The Blue Thunder.” Plus, the cheery bright voices of the University of Washington Chorale and a special surprise appearance from a certain singing and dancing guy with a white beard. The high-spirited conductor Stuart Chafetz leads the Seattle Symphony and this great cast of performers in four performances.

Tickets from $30

Seattle Pops Series Title Sponsor: MCM


Holiday Hooray Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda™  
Friday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 12 at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Illsley Nordstrom Ball Recital Hall-Benaroya Hall

Let’s play in the snow today. Musical merriment set to the tunes of the season, accompanied by a brass trio. Featuring Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda™.

Concerts are 35 minutes in length. Pre-concert activities begin 30 minutes before each performance in the Grand Lobby.

Media Sponsor: Classical KING FM 98.1

TICKETS: $12 (all ages need tickets, including babes in arms)


Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 at 1 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m.

Paul Agnew, conductor & tenor
Anna Devin, soprano
Benno Schachtner, countertenor
Matthew Burns, baritone
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony

A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists honor Handel’s greatest work.

Tickets from $25


A Festival of Lessons & Carols
Tuesday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Joseph Crnko, conductor
Northwest Boychoir
Vocalpoint! Seattle
Members of Northwest Sinfonia

The remarkably talented and endearing Northwest Boychoir along with Vocalpoint! Seattle present the story of the Nativity told through reading, choral setting and audience carols. A heartwarming evening of music perfect for the whole family.

Performance does not include the Seattle Symphony.

Tickets from $20


New Year’s Eve Concert, Countdown & Celebration
Thursday, December 31 at 9 p.m.

Andrew Grams, conductor
Caitlin Lynch, soprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Shirley, tenor
Corey McKern, baritone
Seattle Symphony Chorale

For New Year’s Eve you can follow the Ninth with a post-concert party that includes a glass of champagne, a live performance by electro-swing band Good Co and dancing all the way to the midnight countdown and beyond!

New Year’s Eve midnight toast sponsored by: Treveri Cellars

Tickets from $50


Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 2, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 3, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Andrew Grams, conductor
Caitlin Lynch, soprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Shirley, tenor
Corey McKern, baritone
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony 

Beethoven’s masterpiece for the ages is a wonderful way to end the year or begin the new one. The beauty and drama of the Ninth is alternately awe-inspiring and uplifting.

Media Sponsor: Classical KING FM 98.1

Tickets from $28

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 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, including John Luther Adams' recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received 18 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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