Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2020 Bushell Concerto Competition: Cancelled

Thank you all for your interest in the Seattle Philharmonic's Don Bushell Concerto Competition!

We've received inquiries from many of you whether our competition on April 4 would be moving forward in light of the health and safety concerns pertaining to the COVID-19 virus. After careful consideration of the risks and alternatives involved in proceeding, we regret to inform you that the decision has been made to cancel our 2020 competition. The event will not be rescheduled.

Application fees submitted by those of you who have applied will be refunded. Please contact Dustin Peskuric at bushell@seattlephil.org for assistance if you have questions or concerns about your refund.

To those of you who have applied or been preparing for this competition, please accept our sincere thanks and apologies, as we assure you this decision was made with serious consideration of the difficult and unfortunate circumstances surrounding the current public health crisis.

We wish you all good health and success in your musical endeavors, and we hope to hear from you at our competition next year.

Dustin Peskuric
(206) 491-1357
bushell@seattlephil.org

Competition History

The Bushell Concerto Competition is named in honor of the SPO’s first Music Director, Don Bushell, who started this annual event in 1946 to provide a performance opportunity for aspiring musicians. Every year since, this prestigious competition has provided professional development and an exclusive concert performance opportunity for outstanding area soloists.

Upcoming Concert:

“The sounds of primitive magic”: Orff’s “Carmina Burana”

June 6, 2020 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

To determine the final work of our season finale, the members of the Philharmonic were given several major works on which to vote. The winner: Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, surely the best-known and -loved choral work of the 20th century. The orchestra is joined by a trio of powerful soloists — soprano Linda Tsatsanis, countertenor José Luis Muñoz, and baritone Erich Parce — as well as two of the region's finest choral ensembles: the Seattle Symphony Chorale and the Northwest Boychoir (both under the direction of Joseph Crnko). Adding to the luster of the program is the local debut of eminent violinist Joanna Kurkowicz, the leading exponent of the violin music of Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), whose Violin Concerto No. 4 will round out the season's lineup of U. S. premieres.

Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall houses two performance halls in a complex that is thoroughly integrated into downtown Seattle. Occupying an entire city block at the very core of the city, the development celebrates the vital role of performance events while maintaining the continuity of commercial life along one avenue and providing a much-needed public space, in the form of a terraced garden, along another.

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BACEWICZ

Violin Concerto No. 4 (U. S. premiere)
• Joanna Kurkowicz, violin

ORFF

Carmina Burana
• Linda Tsatsanis, soprano
• José Luis Muñoz, countertenor
• Erich Parce, baritone
• Seattle Symphony Chorale and
Northwest Boychoir (Joseph Crnko, director)


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Student $24
Seniors (age 65+) $24
Youth (16 and under)* free
 
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