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 concert and based on the level of excitement (especially in the last two rehearsals), we can’t wait to bring this concert to you.

Not only are we featuring our woodwind section in Beethoven’s Zapfenstreich March, we’ll also be featuring Seattle Symphony Associate Concertmaster Emma McGrath in Britten’s Violin Concerto. We could barely contain ourselves during our two rehearsals with her, and we sure hope you’ll feel the same way, too! This season, we’ll be closing with Tchaikovsky’s 6th and final symphony, the “Pathétique.” It’s a symphony that ends quietly, but we’re thinking about it in a “close one chapter and start a new one” kind of way (and that I’ve been sitting on this piece of information for a LONG time and can’t wait to turn loose).

In case you missed it, here’s a video of Maestro Stern talking about the pieces we’ll be featuring tomorrow.

While the information on getting to Meany Hall essentially hasn’t changed, there’ll be a few changes coming next year that, if you take a close look at the program tomorrow, you’ll notice one fairly wonderful change coming for next season that you’ve helped us make (I know I keep teasing about it, but it really is exciting for us to announce…but in due time!). If you’re not able to make it, stay tuned here, or better yet, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter as we’ll be making an announcement there, too.

One thing is certain: we couldn’t have done it with out you, we still can’t do it without you, and for that, we can only thank you from the bottom of our musical hearts.

So, tomorrow. We’re excited. Are you?

Regarding tomorrow’s concert, as mentioned earlier, it’s essentially the same, and based on the other things we need to get done in preparation, I’m going to (very shamelessly) copy as much of the previous information as possible:

  • Who: Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and its wonderful audience (That’s us! Yay!)
  • What: 2013-2014 Season Finale: “The best of my works”: Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”
  • When: Sunday, 22nd June 2014, 3:00 PM
  • Where: Meany Hall, University of Washington Campus
  • Why: We all love wonderful music and also because we have a fantastic soloist joining us as well!

Also remember:

Other pieces of information, inlcuding tidbits on getting to Meany Hall:

  • LivingSocial – If you purchased tickets via LivingSocial, as you enter the main doors at Meany Hall, look to your right for a table with a LivingSocial sign. Someone will be there to exchange your voucher for concert tickets. Have your voucher ready!
  • Will Call Tickets – Tickets being held at will call can be found at the normal Meany Hall box office location—which is to your left as you enter the main doors.
  • General Ticket Sales – Same place as the Will Call Tickets location—same box office! They’ll also be selling tickets if you find you’re able to join us and don’t have a ticket yet.
  • Parking – There is a parking garage beneath Meany Hall, and the easiest entrance to find is the one located at the intersection of NE 41st Street and 15th Avenue NE. Here’s what it looks like. When you’re inside the parking garage, there’ll be indications on the walls that point toward Meany Hall.
  • Public Transportation – The most convenient stops are along 15th Ave. NE. The northbound stop is served by routes 43, 44, 48, 49, and 271. The southbound stop is served by routes 43, 44, 48, 49, and 271. Nearby, on University Way NE, are stops both northbound and southbound near 41st St. NE, served by routes 30, 71, 72, and 73. Google Maps and the Sound Transit Trip Planner are really helpful resources for planning trips to Meany Hall on public transportation.

Again, please double check and allow for time to get to the hall (and to take care of any LivingSocial voucher formalities, etc.), and also please double check the bus schedules for route times—some routes aren’t operated on weekends or Sundays, and Sundays usually have a slightly different schedule! Also, the Fremont Fair is still happening on Sunday, and the 520 Bridge is also closed this weekend, so be ready for the possibility of traffic jams or any need to use an alternate route (we’re hoping there won’t be any).

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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