Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
SPO 75th Anniversary Opening Gala

SPO 75th Anniversary Opening Gala

October 26, 2019 at 2 pm | 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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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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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.