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"My best work": Tchaikovsky's Second

Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-1977) composed her exquisite and powerful Fairest of Stars, a setting of texts from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, in 1973; this final work by Williams to feature solo voice is presented in its U. S. premiere by soprano Stacey Mastrian, whose operatic and recital performances have garnered critical acclaim for “effortless mastery” and “showstopping heights”. Ms. Mastrian and the orchestra will also present Sibelius’ little-known symphonic poem with voice, Luonnotar. The Philharmonic concludes its 2023-24 season in grand fashion with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, the Ukrainian, a work in which the composer unreservedly expresses his love for the Ukrainian people and their folk music. The program opens, appropriately enough, with music by Tchaikovsky’s favorite composer, the overture to Don Giovanni by Mozart.

2 pm

Benaroya Hall

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Like so many in our nation, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra has come to an increased awareness of the devastating toll racism takes on both individuals and society at large. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, John T. Williams, and too many others reminds us that racism in this country is literally deadly. It is time for us to take new, more effective steps to address violence, victimization, and injustice.

So we say out loud and with all our strength: BLACK LIVES MATTER. We are committed to continuing the critical work of eliminating the effects of racism as experienced by peoples of color within our community. We stand with everyone working to fight for racial justice for all people in our nation.

We vow to do our part to repair the damage done by institutional racism and discrimination toward people of color and all marginalized communities in the realm of classical music. We will joyfully explore voices that have been suppressed by bias. You will see this in our upcoming season and future seasons: moving and powerful works by women, people of color, and others who have been unjustly ignored and silenced within classical music. We also vow to improve inclusivity within our orchestra, our leadership, and our audiences.

We invite you to join us on this journey of discovery and change as we work together to achieve a more just community and society.

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Our culture is in a period of paying great attention to the ideas of diversity, equity and inclusion and your programming is a great example of growing the repertoire and moving the needle in a more equitable direction.

- Clark G.

Getting to hear music from little-known composers was a treat. I really enjoyed the rhythms of some of the pieces. A well chosen program!

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I always leave the performances enlightened by new music I have never heard. It is a friendly, laid back environment and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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