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Watjen Concert Organ Recital – Free Demonstration

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Join Resident Organist Joseph Adam for a free organ demonstration recital. Each program throughout the season will offer the listener a chance to hear Mr. Adam perform different selections from the vast organ repertoire highlighting the special nuances, interesting performance practices and stunning acoustics of the Watjen Concert Organ housed in Benaroya Hall.

The program lasts approximately 30 minutes and can be attended in conjunction with a building tour of Benaroya Hall. Individuals or groups of fewer than 10 people who wish to join a building tour do not require reservations and may choose to take an abbreviated tour at noon, or a full tour at 1pm. Please meet your tour guide in front of the Grand Lobby entrance in The Boeing Company Gallery at the corner of Third Avenue and University Street. If your group includes 10 or more people, please call 206.215.4856 at least two weeks in advance to inquire about group availability.

You do not need a reservation in order to attend the Watjen Concert Organ Recital-Demonstrations.

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Monday, 8 May, 2017 12:30PM

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Monday, 17 July, 2017 12:30PM

All-Rachmaninov

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No one steals your heart like Rachmaninov! From the dazzling brilliance of the First Piano Concerto to the seductive beauty of the Second Symphony this is a night devoted to the ultimate Russian Romantic and his influences.

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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 7:30PM

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Friday, 31 March, 2017 12:00PM

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Saturday, 1 April, 2017 8:00PM

National Geographic Live: The Mystery of Our Human Story

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It is no exaggeration to say that paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s 2013 discovery of Homo naledi signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution. In a secret chamber of the remote Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, a massive collection of bones was discovered by his explorers, assisted by recreational cavers. So he rapidly assembled a team of “underground astronauts” with caving experience, scientific backgrounds and the kind of physique that could fit in a chute averaging 7.9 inches in width. What they found suggested something unprecedented — ritual burial, a practice long thought to be unique to Homo sapiens. And that was just the beginning.

This event is presented by the Seattle Symphony.

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Sunday, 2 April, 2017 2:00PM

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Monday, 3 April, 2017 7:30PM

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Tuesday, 4 April, 2017 7:30PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Tinariwen with Dengue Fever

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A bass chord and a chorus of male voices open the dance, followed by youyous, cries and handclaps. The powerful melodies of Tinariwen have become the soundtrack for a whole generation of exiled Touareg youth living in Algeria and Libya. These extraordinary guitar-poets from the southern Sahara desert blend blues, rock and pop with Berber and Arabic influences to create an altogether hypnotic concert experience.

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Tuesday, 4 April, 2017 7:30PM

A Garden Full of Songs

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Hop with Bela Bunny, sing with Kitty Kitty and enjoy other garden friends in this enchanting story featuring folk music and the music of Béla Bartók. Featuring Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda™.

Tiny Tots concerts are designed for ages 0 to 5. Engage your youngest music lovers with these 35-minute interactive programs featuring musical games, stories and songs in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall.

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Friday, 7 April, 2017 10:30AM

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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 9:30AM

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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 10:30AM

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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 11:30AM

Rebirth Brass Band

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Whether seen on HBO's Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they've also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound.

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Friday, 7 April, 2017 8:00PM

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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 8:00PM

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Sunday, 9 April, 2017 2:00PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Trace Bundy

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Aubrea Alford, opener

Guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy must be seen to be believed. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics and looping to confound even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can perform such intricate guitar arrangements with just two hands. It's no wonder, then, that fans have dubbed him the "Acoustic Ninja" and that he has shared the stage with the likes of Brandi Carlile, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neko Case. With a growing virtuoso reputation, Trace has garnered over 36 million views on YouTube and has sold over 120,000 albums to date on his own independent record label. Trace's witty banter and stage presence deliver an unforgettable live concert experience that is not to be missed.

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Friday, 7 April, 2017 8:00PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

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Dashing, dapper and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of a 1920s Berlin cabaret. With his elegant baritone voice, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone era — the timeless melodies by legends like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin — and delivers them with nostalgic flair and a good dose of dry wit. Max is joined by Palast Orchester, a group he formed with fellow music students at the Berlin University of the Arts.

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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 8:00PM

Christian Wilson

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An innovator amongst musicians, Christian Wilson has forged a unique path in the organ world, showcasing trailblazing virtuosity and profound musicianship through inspired and unorthodox programming.

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Monday, 10 April, 2017 7:30PM

Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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"It’s hard not to be a little awestruck by the breadth of Stephen Hough’s passions, to say nothing of his talents. [He] is simply one of the most interesting musicians around." – Boston Globe. Stephen Hough joins the Seattle Symphony for Rachmaninov’s fiendish old melody, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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Thursday, 13 April, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 15 April, 2017 8:00PM

Rachmaninov Untuxed

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In Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninov brews a fiendish old melody into one devil of a piano concerto. This shorter, no-intermission concert presents a low-stress way to begin your weekend.

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Friday, 14 April, 2017 7:00PM

Morlot Conducts Bruckner

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Majestic and shimmering like the hulking form of Mount Rainier, Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony ascends to an otherworldly atmosphere of power and mystery. Bruckner’s Fifth is a stunning celebration of faith, awe and wonder at all of creation.

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Thursday, 20 April, 2017 7:30PM

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Saturday, 22 April, 2017 8:00PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Jóhann Jóhannsson featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble

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Jóhann Jóhannsson is a Berlin-based composer originally from Iceland. His varied and eclectic output includes commissioned works for Bang on A Can, Theatre of Voices and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. His debut album Englabörn appeared in 2002 and he has since released five solo albums on the labels Touch and 4AD. He has also composed music for the theatre, dance and film, including the film score for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything (2014), for which he won an Academy Award.

After a period spent mostly concentrating on film scores, this year will see the release of several new music projects, some of which have been a long time in the making. Jóhannsson is working on his first studio album in four years since his last release, Miner’s Hymns, in 2011. “People seem to need labels, but they can be needlessly reductive,” says Jóhannsson. Ever since he was 18, when he started performing in rock bands in Reykjavik, he’s been looking for ways to break out of rigid categories. The music he's written has always explored the boundary between natural acoustic sounds and electronics, with the goal of exploring and unifying these opposites.

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Thursday, 20 April, 2017 7:30PM

Sensory Friendly Concerts: The Old Magician

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Seattle Symphony musicians and Board-Certified Music Therapist Michael Thomas bring audience members along on a journey with an old magician’s assistant as he helps his master with one last experiment. Through the magician’s story and participatory group songs, we’ll highlight listening to others and lending a helping hand.

The concert experience includes instrument exploration before or after the show, a meet-and-greet with the featured musicians, and a 35-minute performance.

Please note the ticket price covers a family of up to four people.

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Saturday, 22 April, 2017 10:00AM

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Saturday, 22 April, 2017 12:00PM

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Sunday, 23 April, 2017 10:00AM

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Sunday, 23 April, 2017 12:00PM

Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin In Recital

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These titans of the piano reawaken The Rite of Spring, its pounding rhythms and riotous harmonies all the more striking in Stravinsky’s own four-hand scoring. Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky’s neoclassical Concerto for Two Pianos provide fascinating counterpoint.

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Monday, 24 April, 2017 7:30PM