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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.


Upcoming Concert:

SPO 75th Anniversary Opening Gala

October 26, 2019 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

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.

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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GILLIE

Philharmonic Fanfare (SPO Commission)

HAYDN

Symphony No. 75 in D

DECRUCK

Sonata in c-sharp for Saxophone and Orchestra
• Erik Steighner, saxophone

COPLAND

Fanfare for the Common Man
Appalachian Spring (suite from the ballet)
Lincoln Portrait
• Tom Skerritt, narrator


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Student $24
Seniors (age 65+) $24
Youth (16 and under)* free
 
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*Youth 16 years and younger are invited to enjoy Phil concerts at no charge when they present this voucher. Concerts may not be appropriate for the very young. Verbalizations from infants and small children disrupt the performance and disturb other patrons.

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