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One of the hallmarks of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra is to perform pieces by composers that, for various reasons, never got the platform they deserved. Such is the case of Ruth Gipps. The Seattle Philharmonic performed the U.S. Premiere of her second symphony on March 31, 2018. The following excerpt is from the program notes […]Read More
"Serene Cheer and Warm Sunshine": Brahms' Second
Mar 1, 2021
The Philharmonic presents the third U.S. premiere of the season: Pyramid, a stirring tone poem by Sweden-based American composer Molly Kien (“a major new voice” — Fanfare Magazine). The winner of the Philharmonic’s 2019 Don Bushell Competition, the radiant soprano Allison Pohl, will be heard in a selection of lieder by Richard Strauss. Closing the […]Read More
Holst, The Planets, Voyager 2, and a few Informal Observations
May 25, 2015
We are past the mid-point of the rehearsal cycle for our upcoming season finale, the details being worked are getting smaller and more subtle, and we’re simply getting more and more excited to finally launch into this journey. The music we’ll be playing is tremendously exciting in itself—two pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams and one […]Read More
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
Mar 9, 2015
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. – Calvin Coolidge The spirit of heroism has been on my mind of late, as the Philharmonic and I enter into the final rehearsals for our March 28 concert, “Tragic Heroes”. Nearly everyone has some notion – however personal – of what heroism is, […]Read More
Concert Guide : “The Best of My Works”: Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique"
Jun 21, 2014
It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of yet another concert season, but this year has been one of trying a few new things—rolling with the punches that community arts organizations face on occasion, but we’ll elaborate more on that in a later post. For now, we’re less than 24 hours away from tomorrow’s […]Read More