Update for 12/11: With respect to the extension of current statewide restrictions set by Governor Inslee and in solidarity with the Seattle community as coronavirus cases dramatically rise, the Seattle Symphony will continue pausing live performances from Benaroya Hall through January 8, 2021. The December 17 broadcast of Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and the January 8 broadcast of Grieves with the Seattle Symphony are canceled. All Seattle Symphony Live users will be notified.
Seattle-based rapper and producer Benjamin Laub — better known as Grieves — joins forces with the Seattle Symphony for a one-night-only mashup performance on the Benaroya Hall stage. Grieves is known for his raw and emotional performances and sincere, plainspoken delivery. This live broadcast is presented as part of The Essential Series, the Symphony's new cross-genre collaboration featuring diverse voices in the Pacific Northwest.
Grieves first emerged onto the hip-hop scene in 2007 with his independent release, Irreversible, which sparked touring opportunities with the likes of Macklemore and Atmosphere. His writing has been characterized by a strong point of view and great storytelling, tackling commentary on everything from social justice to society’s ills to rapper’s swagger. With his latest release, The Collections of Mr. Nice Guy, Grieves continues to make his creative mark in exciting new ways.
Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2014, 2017 and 2019, Lee Mills is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted and energetic conductor. In his previous position as Resident Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, he led performances hailed as having a “sonority of unequalled liveliness and quality” (movimento.com), working alongside such artists as Simone Porter, Conrad Tao, Eliane Coelho and the Smetana Trio.
Benjamin Laub – better known as Grieves – is a Seattle-based hip-hop artist signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. He emerged in 2007 with the independently released Irreversible, which led to touring with some of indie rap’s finest, including artists like Atmosphere, Macklemore, Cunninlynguists, Watsky, Chris Webby, P.O.S and many more.
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.
Seattle Symphony Live is generously sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun. Associate Conductor Lee Mill's position is generously underwritten by Douglas F. King.