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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:

“A floodtide of inspired invention”: Beethoven’s Seventh

April 6, 2019 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

"A masterpiece of technical skill, taste, imagination, craftsmanship and inspiration." Thus did the hyper-critical Hector Berlioz sum up his thoughts on Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, one of the most beloved of Beethoven's Nine ever since its wildly successful premiere (at which the audience insisted on an immediate repeat of the slow movement). Franz Liszt's impassioned and innovative Piano Concerto No. 1 will be performed by the winner of the Philharmonic's 2018 Don Bushell competition, Hexin Qiao. A symphonic work by Finnish composer Helvi Leiviskä rounds out this special concert.

Hexin Qiao

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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LEIVISKÄ

Symphony No. 2

LISZT

Concerto No. 1 in E-flat for Piano and Orchestra

Hexin Qiao, soloist

BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92


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