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Saturday, February 02

Symphony Performances

DM East Meets West
What does a Japanese bamboo flute have to do with classical music? Musical colors come alive through the breathy sounds of the shakuhachi flute and energetic hammering of a gamelan band. Learn how these Eastern instruments influenced Debussy and Messiaen - you might even get to dance in your seat! Pre-concert activities begin at 10am in the Grand Lobby.
11:00 AM

Showtunes: Falsettos
This landmark, Tony Award-winning musical (Best Book and Best Score, 1992) tells the story of Marvin, who leaves his wife and child for a male lover, and the extended family's comic and dramatic attempts to co-exist as the lover contracts the AIDS virus. Act I takes place in 1979 and Act II in 1981. Songs like "The Ball Game," "What More Can I Say" and "What Would I Do?" convey a love story and a family story, beginning at the tail end of ... (READ MORE IN PROGRAM NOTES BELOW)
8:00 PM

Morlot Conducts Turangalila
In the first half of the concert, you’ll learn about the musical themes and overall context of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony, paired with remarks by Ludovic Morlot and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, a performance by Cynthia Millar and live musical examples featuring the Seattle Symphony. There will be no Pre-concert Talk; instead, Gamelan Pacifica will give a pre-concert performance in the Grand Lobby.
8:00 PM