Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
2017,18 Season

Upcoming Concerts

SPO 75th Anniversary Opening Gala

October 26, 2019 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall

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The Philharmonic's gala 75th season opener will present music spanning from the 18th century to a fanfare especially written for the occasion by acclaimed composer Gina Gillie. The concert will include (appropriately enough) Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 75, and conclude with three works by Aaron Copland which were all composed at the same time the Philharmonic came into being (the early 1940s); renowned actor Tom Skerritt will be the featured narrator in Copland's Lincoln Portrait. The program will also spotlight the artistry of saxophone virtuoso Erik Steighner, in a rare performance of Fernande Decruck's haunting and atmospheric Sonata for Saxophone and Orchestra.

GILLIEPhilharmonic Fanfare (SPO Commission)
HAYDNSymphony No. 75 in D
DECRUCKSonata in c-sharp for Saxophone and Orchestra
• Erik Steighner, saxophone
COPLANDFanfare for the Common Man
Appalachian Spring (suite from the ballet)
Lincoln Portrait
• Tom Skerritt, narrator
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Legendary Women

January 25, 2020 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

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A concert featuring first U.S. performances of music by two women who bucked the mores of their times and produced important bodies of work in spite of the prevailing prejudice against women as composers. Mel Bonis (1858-1937), a contemporary of her compatriots Claude Debussy and Ernest Chausson, wrote evocative music simultaneously Romantic and Impressionistic. The Philharmonic follows up its 2018 U.S. premiere of Ruth Gipps' (1921-1999) Symphony No. 2 with the like premiere of her Symphony No. 4, considered by many her masterpiece. Also on the program are selections from operas in which the central female characters are the stuff of legends: Ludwig van Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, and a sampling of arias from French operas with local treasure, mezzo-soprano Jenny Knapp.

BEETHOVENLeonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
BONISLe songe de Cléopâtre (U. S. premiere)
SAINT-SAËNSSamson and Delilah: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix
MASSENETCléopâtre: J'ai versé le poison
BIZETCarmen: Seguidilla and Habanera
• Jenny Knapp, mezzo-soprano
GIPPSSymphony No. 4 (U. S. premiere)
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“Serene cheer and warm sunshine”: Brahms’ Second

March 28, 2020 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

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The Philharmonic presents the third U.S. premiere of the season: Pyramid, a stirring tone poem by Sweden-based American composer Molly Kien ("a major new voice" — Fanfare Magazine). The winner of the Philharmonic's 2019 Don Bushell Competition, the radiant soprano Allison Pohl, will be heard in a selection of lieder by Richard Strauss. Closing the concert is Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2, the sunniest of its composer's four symphonies and a perennial audience favorite.

KIENPyramid (U. S. premiere)
R. STRAUSSSix Songs:
Zueignung • Die Nacht • Morgen • Allerseelen • Standchen • Cäcilie
• Allison Pohl, soprano
BRAHMSSymphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73
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“The sounds of primitive magic”: Orff’s “Carmina Burana”

June 6, 2020 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

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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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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.

BACEWICZViolin Concerto No. 4 (U. S. premiere)
• Joanna Kurkowicz, violin
ORFFCarmina Burana
• Linda Tsatsanis, soprano
• José Luis Muñoz, countertenor
• Erich Parce, baritone
• Seattle Symphony Chorale and
Northwest Boychoir (Joseph Crnko, director)
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Recent Video:

Ruth Gipps, Symphony No. 2 (U.S. premiere)

Performed by the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra on March 31, 2018, Adam Stern, conductor, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA (with permission from the family of Ruth Gipps).

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