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Celebrate Asia

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The Seattle Symphony's ninth annual Celebrate Asia concert features movie music by famous Japanese composers as well as a second half dedicated solely to the music of Grammy® and Academy Award® winner A.R. Rahman, who will also make a special appearance at the program. Highlighted by pre- and post-concert entertainment, this spectacular event is a rare opportunity to revel in the rich musical traditions of Seattle's vibrant Asian communities.

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Friday, 12 May, 2017 7:00PM

Ravel's Magical Opera

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Ravel’s Magical Opera is anything but child’s play. A sharp-edged, whimsical opera about a naughty child and his toys who come alive to harangue their young tormentor. The performance is enhanced with set design by Anne Patterson and light design by Jeff Lincoln, allowing every shimmering detail in the score to come alive when Ludovic Morlot conducts the Seattle Symphony in music by fellow Frenchman, Maurice Ravel. Spotlighting vocal soloists, chorus and a full symphony orchestra, L’enfant et les sortilèges presents Ravel at his most incisive and revealing. For the ultimate immersion in Ravel’s fanciful world of sound, don’t miss this rarely performed production by the Seattle Symphony.

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Thursday, 1 June, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 3 June, 2017 8:00PM

Mahler Symphony No. 5

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Mahler's colossal Fifth Symphony embraces an entire world of sound, from the heart-rending funeral march to the serene and loving Adagietto. Based on the reflection of his tumultuous relationship with the daughter of a famous painter and its trajectory from mourning to triumph, the Fifth occupies a pivotal place in Mahler’s endlessly fascinating output. Ligeti's monolithic Requiem goes beyond this world, as proven by its iconic appearance in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the perfect warm up for the full theatrical presentation on June 30 & July 1.

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Thursday, 22 June, 2017 7:30PM

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Friday, 23 June, 2017 8:00PM

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Saturday, 24 June, 2017 8:00PM

Mahler Resurrection Symphony

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Songs of death and rebirth launch an awe-inspiring new season. Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony is a life-affirming journey that overwhelms you like a thunderbolt of clarity and awakening. Plus! Berlioz’s vivid depiction of Cleopatra’s downfall.

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Thursday, 21 September, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 23 September, 2017 8:00PM

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Sunday, 24 September, 2017 2:00PM

Berlioz Requiem

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Berlioz’s Requiem shakes the earth below and soars to the heavens above, all while surrounding us with a profusion of orchestral and choral colors. This glorious work unites the spiritual and physical aspects of sound like nothing else in music.

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Thursday, 9 November, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 11 November, 2017 8:00PM

Handel Messiah

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A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus — featuring the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — honor Handel’s greatest work.

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Friday, 15 December, 2017 8:00PM

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Saturday, 16 December, 2017 1:00PM

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Saturday, 16 December, 2017 8:00PM

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Sunday, 17 December, 2017 2:00PM

John Luther Adams Become Desert

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Jeremy Denk, one of America’s foremost pianists, performs Beethoven’s monumental “Emperor” Concerto, a work that represents a visionary composer with the insight and inspiration to understand his world and shape its future. John Luther Adams, the creator of Become Ocean, is back with the sequel to the work that took the classical music scene by storm and captured the admiration and imagination of millions. The legacy lives on in the world premiere of Become Desert.

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Thursday, 29 March, 2018 7:30PM

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Saturday, 31 March, 2018 8:00PM

Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto

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Jeremy Denk, one of America’s foremost pianists, performs Beethoven’s monumental “Emperor” Concerto, a work that represents a visionary composer with the insight and inspiration to understand his world and shape its future. In Sibelius’ Second Symphony, we encounter a distinctly Finnish musical world with its gorgeous melodies and haunting nationalistic atmosphere that earned Sibelius a place on the world stage.

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Friday, 30 March, 2018 12:00PM

Sibelius Kullervo

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As a follow up to the thrilling Sibelius Festival in 2015, Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard brings his unique insights into Sibelius’ world with Kullervo, an adventurous saga derived from Finnish folk mythology. When the young Sibelius embraced his national identity, he raised new hope and pride in Finland while forever altering the course of symphonic music.

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Thursday, 31 May, 2018 7:30PM

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Saturday, 2 June, 2018 8:00PM

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Sunday, 3 June, 2018 2:00PM