The Seattle Phil has a longstanding commitment to outreach activities.
Each year, we visit the Renton/IKEA Center at Renton High School to present a Fall Family Concert, which gives the local community an opportunity to hear a live symphonic program in their own city. We are also proud to welcome talented music students from the Renton area to rehearse and perform with Seattle Phil for this program, which affords these young musicians the experience of making music with older colleagues who can add to their growing musical knowledge.
In collaboration with the music school at Cornish College for the Arts, the Phil designates several evenings each year to play the works of student composers so that they may hear their compositions played by a full orchestra and hone their craft with that knowledge.
We are also proud to support the efforts of Seattle Music Partners, a not-for-profit organization that offers after school music lessons to students with minimal access to the arts.
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