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.
While Tchaikovsky is usually represented by his most popular pieces, there is much in his output that remains to be discovered and enjoyed by audiences. This concert features the overture to the opera Pique Dame, a suite from the incidental music for Alexander Ostrovsky's play The Snow Maiden, and the haunting Sérénade mélancolique featuring the Philharmonic's concertmaster, Jae-In Shin, as well as four of Tchaikovsky's most enduring works: the Waltz from the opera Eugene Onegin, the Marche slave, a transcription for string orchestra of the Andante cantabile from his String Quartet No. 1, and the powerful symphonic poem after Dante, Francesca da Rimini.
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.
Eugene Onegin: Waltz
Pique Dame: Overture
Jae-In Shin, soloist
The Snow Maiden: Suite
Francesca da Rimini