A true Puget Sound tradition, the Seattle Philharmonic is an orchestra of community members who share a passion for music. As a member-run organization, the Phil has the special opportunity to offer unique programming and to share in the northwest community: involving local soloists, artists and Washington notables.
A successful community orchestra reflects the community that it serves. Since the orchestra’s inception, Seattle Philharmonic members have represented all walks of life, bringing a broad demographic of social, economic and professional backgrounds to the organization. Teachers share melodies with doctors, office managers harmonize with engineers, and students sit side by side with retirees.
The Phil’s musicians also participates in several outreach programs,helping the community’s youth, schools and those with little access to classical music to share in concerts and musical programs.
Antonin Dvořák's immortal gift to America, his "New World" Symphony, shares the bill with works from the New World itself. Four unique American compositions spotlighting different aspects of our nation's musical identity will be featured: Edward Collins' folk-inspired The Cowboy's Breakdown; Richard Rodgers' Slaughter on Tenth Avenue from the world of musical theater; Marion Bauer's Sun Splendor, an important symphonic poem by one of America's leading women of music; and Gunther Schuller's Journey into Jazz, a delightful story of a young man's efforts to become an ace jazz musician. The SPO is joined by KPLU's morning host Dick Stein as narrator, along with a talented combo from the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band.
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.
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Journey into Jazz
Dick Stein, narrator • Soloists from the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band (Scott Brown, director)
The Cowboy's Breakdown
Symphony No. 9, From the New World