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"The merriest piece I've ever written": Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

As an adventurous and impressionable 21-year-old, Felix Mendelssohn spent ten months in Italy, joyously absorbing its language and culture. The Symphony No. 4, “Italian”, was the musical offspring of this sojourn, and remains the most popular of its composer’s five orchestral symphonies. The concert opens with the overture to the opera Il trionfo della fedeltà by Maria Antonia Walpurgis (1724-1780), a brilliant composer whose music straddles the Baroque and Classical eras, and continues with the U.S. premiere of the Sinfonietta by Lithuanian composer Kristina Vasiliauskaitė, a composition suffused with striking colors and effervescent themes. The concert will also feature a unique Halloween presentation…don’t miss out on the surprise!


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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In this video, Music Director Adam Stern gives an informative introduction to our opening concert of the 2023-2024 season! We hope you will join us October 28, 2023, 2 pm at Benaroya Hall to hear some great music!

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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!

- Delighted concertgoer

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.

- Drew Y.

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