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Upcoming Concert:

“Something might be made of that tune”: Elgar’s Enigma Variations: April 1, 2017

April 1, 2017 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

The work that finally brought well-deserved fame to Edward Elgar is one of the glories of English symphonic literature, a series of intimate musical portraits of Elgar's friends and loved ones. Elsa Barraine, a powerful voice in French music, is represented by her Symphony No. 2 in its West Coast premiere. Alena Hove, winner of the Philharmonic's 2016 Don Bushell Competition, shines in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto, a work based in part on Korngold's delectable music for films. Two short works by Holst and Delius round out this distinctive program.

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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Elsa Barraine

Symphony No. 2

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Violin Concerto
       Alena Hove, soloist (2016 Don Bushell Competition winner)

Gustav Holst


Frederick Delius

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations

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