Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
Legendary Women

Legendary Women

January 25, 2020 | Benaroya Hall

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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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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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.