Elgar Cello Concerto

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With her “technical brilliance” and “take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar,” (The New York Times), Alisa Weilerstein is the perfect match for Elgar’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto. Amy Beach’s Second Symphony, infused with melodies inspired by the English isles, straddles old world and new, and speaks to Beach’s position as one of America’s most compelling musical voices at the turn of the 20th century. 

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Thursday, 12 November, 2020 7:30PM

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Saturday, 14 November, 2020 8:00PM

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

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While concertgoers may be more familiar with Beethoven’s symphonies, the composer considered his Missa solemnis to be his greatest achievement. Epic in scale and the sheer depth of musical expression, it stands out as a powerful witness to Beethoven’s belief that “music is a higher revelation than any philosophy.” Two centuries on, the Missa solemnis stands the test of time as a sublime rendering of humanity’s search for redemption.  

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Thursday, 19 November, 2020 7:30PM

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Saturday, 21 November, 2020 8:00PM

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Sunday, 22 November, 2020 2:00PM

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26

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The last time pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii performed at Benaroya Hall, the audience brought him back for three encores and The Seattle Times hailed the Japanese pianist as “an absolute force of nature.” This time, the Van Cliburn Competition winner takes on Mozart’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 26, a work celebrated among Mozart’s concertos for its romantic and virtuosic solo writing.  

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Thursday, 14 January, 2021 7:30PM

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Saturday, 16 January, 2021 8:00PM

Tchaikovsky “Pathétique” Symphony

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Without exaggeration,” Tchaikovsky wrote about his sixth and final symphony, “I have put my whole soul into this work.” Visceral and impassioned, this defining work of the Romantic era is an emotional tour de force. Encompassing a lifetime of emotions within a single symphony, the Pathétique files to euphoric highs, dives to depths of utter despair, and visits every emotion between — promising an edge-of-your-seat experience for anyone within earshot. Plus, the Symphony’s principal wind players take center stage in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante and composer Jörg Widmann offers a modern take on the concert overture.

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Thursday, 21 January, 2021 7:30PM

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Friday, 22 January, 2021 8:00PM

The Roots: Brahms’ Inspiration

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Music Director Thomas Dausgaard leads an exploration into the roots of Brahms’ musical inspiration, from the rhythmic folk dances of Hungary to the transcendent Baroque forms found in the composer’s final symphony. Dive into the whirling energy and deep pathos of Romani folk music in Kodály’s toe-tapping Dances of Galánta, inspired by the folk and army bands the young composer heard in his youth. Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos continues this high-octane program, weaving traditional Romani folk music into the fabric of Brahms’ ever-popular Hungarian Dances. Then, we pivot to the passionate intensity of Brahms’ final symphony, one of his most enduringly popular and astonishing works. 

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Thursday, 4 February, 2021 7:30PM

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Saturday, 6 February, 2021 8:00PM

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