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“I will never achieve this again”: Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony

An ardent pacifist and humanist, German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann's abhorrence for his country's actions during World War II resulted in compositions that were cries for justice and brotherhood; one work was described as "a protest against what Zimmermann perceived as the 'racial hatred' he saw poisoning society." In his last work, Ich wandte mich und sah an geschah unter die Sonne ("And turning around me, I saw all the injustice under the sun"), the composer employs texts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov to create a harrowing indictment of the suppression of freedom and lack of compassion for one's fellow man. The Philharmonic's season closes with a return to the music of Saint-Saëns – a work in which even the modest composer knew he had surpassed himself, the radiant "Organ" Symphony. A handful of Seattle's leading performers share the stage for this program, including actors Terry Edward Moore and Leslie Law, baritone Charles Robert Stephens, and organist Joseph Adam.


“The Fifth Evangelist”: Bach’s “St. Anne”

The great German-born conductor Frederick Stock, who led the Chicago Symphony for nearly forty years, made a grand transcription of Bach's mighty "St. Anne" Prelude and Fugue, presented at this concert thanks to the generosity and assistance of the Chicago Symphony's Rosenthal Archive. The Philharmonic's contribution to the 5th Avenue Theatre's Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare Festival is the "William Shakespeare" Overture by the early Romantic Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau. English composer Ruth Gipps, inexplicably ignored in her homeland and abroad, is represented by the U. S. premiere of the second of her five fine symphonies. Finally, flutist Miao Liu will be heard in the virtuosic and lyrical Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Jacques Ibert.


Three Decades, Five Treasures

The first three decades of the 20th century yielded numerous musical riches. The Philharmonic will present one of the most enduring of these, Respighi's The Pines of Rome, as the climax to a concert featuring five of the century's most distinctive composers from five different countries. The program will include a screening of René Clair's delightful surrealist film Entr'acte, with Erik Satie's original music performed live by the Philharmonic. A folksong arrangement by Percy Grainger, a symphonic poem by the 19-year-old Dimitri Mitropoulos (later known as one of the 20th century's most important conductors), and two haunting rarities for cello and orchestra by Sibelius with soloist Mara Finkelstein round out this unique program.


“A Great Teacher is a Great Artist”


The Twentieth Century’s Ninth Symphony”: The Rite of Spring


“Something might be made of that tune”: Elgar’s Enigma Variations: April 1, 2017

Adam Stern discusses the upcoming concert “Something might be made of that tune”: Elgar’s Enigma Variations: April 1, 2017


“Dark, Tragic and Passionate” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24

Music Director Adam Stern discusses the program of the Seattle Philharmonic's January 28, 2017 concert.


From the New World: Dvořák’s 9th Symphony

Music Director Adam Stern discusses the program of the Seattle Philharmonic's October 29, 2016 concert.


Phil • Harmonic : Love of Sound

Photographer Paul Lebel's look at the Seattle Phil. Including interviews with Music Director Adam Stern and cellist Michael Moore.


“An apocalyptic radiance”: Mahler’s “Titan”.

Adam Stern discusses Seattle Phil's upcoming concert "An apocalyptic radiance": Mahler’s "Titan".


Evan Hjort and Adam Stern discuss Szymanowski Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra

Evan Hjort, winner of the Seattle Philharmonic's 2015 Don Bushell Competition discusses Szymanowski's moving second violin concerto with Music Director Adam Stern.


Four Great Composer-Conductors

Adam Stern discusses the program for our January 2016 concert Four Great Composer-Conductors, featuring music by Bernstein, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Dorati.


First Rehearsal 2015

Members of the Seattle Phil discuss their first rehearsal and the All Tchaikovsky program of the October 24, 2015 concert.


Heirs and Rebels

Musical BFF's Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst are united in an exciting season finale. Acknowledged as his first true masterpiece, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is an homage to the English church music that the composer so deeply loved. Holst's The Planets, a work of stunning brilliance and immense imagination, never fails to move, intrigue and delight audiences. The concert also features a rare U.S. performance of Vaughan Williams' Piano Concerto.


Tragic Heroes: Hamlet and Petrouchka

In a concert focusing on the world of theater, Russian-born masters Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky remind us why their music is forever gripping and appealing. Shostakovich's score for the Russian film version of Hamlet is music of almost unbearable drama, and Stravinsky's ever-popular ballet Petrouchka is presented here in its original opulent scoring. SPO Don Bushell Competition winner Felicity James is featured in Saint-Saëns' lyrical Violin Concerto No. 3.


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Upcoming Concert:

“A mysterious, indefinable poetry”: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1

October 20, 2018 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

The Philharmonic launches the season with a concert comprised entirely of Slavic music: composers of Czech, Polish, Russian and Slovenian origin will be featured. Two staples of the concert repertoire will be spotlighted: Bedrich Smetana's symphonic poem The Moldau and Frédéric Chopin's hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Serbian-born pianist Milica Jelača Jovanović as soloist. An intriguing and powerful work by Slovenian composer Nana Forte, Incantation, will receive its U. S. premiere. Autumn, the most popular portion of Alexander Glazunov's radiant ballet score The Seasons, will be appropriately presented at this fall concert. A little-known delight by Antonín Dvořák, his Polonaise, completes the program.

Milica Jelača Jovanović

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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DVOŘÁK

Polonaise

CHOPIN

Concerto No. 1 in e for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11

Milica Jelača Jovanović, soloist

SMETANA

The Moldau

FORTE

Incantation

GLAZUNOV

The Seasons, Op. 67: Autumn


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