Beethoven Festival Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

While health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel all performances scheduled for June 3–28 and July 25, 2020. All ticket holders will be notified.

Our festival kicks off with the voices of youth. Inspired by Beethoven’s first symphonic compositions which were born out of a period of dramatic change and revolution, teens from across King County have come together to compose a new work reflecting on our changing climate and its impact on their future. Paired with Beethoven’s First and Third Symphonies, we’ll hear how this master advanced the Classical style of his mentors Haydn and Mozart, turning the pages of history and launching the Romantic era in all its power and grandeur.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 11 Jun (Thu) 2020 7:30PM
  • 13 Jun (Sat) 2020 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 52 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Thomas Dausgaard


Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.

Community Youth Chorus

The Community Youth Chorus launched in October 2019 as part of the Seattle Symphony’s Beethoven Festival. This unique chorus is comprised of youth ages 14–18 from across King County. Leading chorus activities are Megan McCormick, Chorus Director, and Angelique Poteat, Composition Director. The chorus is currently 30 members strong and still actively recruiting. For more information on becoming a member of the chorus please visit

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.


Thomas Dausgaard’s performance sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun. Thursday performance is sponsored by Foster Garvey.

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