Beethoven "Pastoral" Symphony

Get an early jump on spring with sweetly blossoming music from Debussy and the great “Pastoral” Symphony of Beethoven, an ode to nature. Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, known for his effervescent Air for violin, offers a new Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony for James Ehnes.


Dates and Tickets

  • 16 Mar (Thu) 2017 7:30PM
  • 17 Mar (Fri) 2017 12:00PM
  • 18 Mar (Sat) 2017 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Presented 1 hour prior to each performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.

Ask the Artist

Recital with James Ehnes, Aaron Jay Kernis and Seattle Symphony musicians to follow the Saturday night (Mar 18) concert. Both events free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 39 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ludovic Morlot


The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”

James Ehnes


Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.

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.





Claude Debussy

Cortège et Air de danse from L'enfant prodigue

Aaron Jay Kernis

Violin Concerto (U.S. Premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”


The commission by Aaron Jay Kernis is generously supported by Patricia Tall-Takacs and Gary Takacs. James Ehnes’ performances are generously underwritten by Dana and Ned Laird through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.