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Seattle Symphony announces 2006-2007 Concerts for Young People and Families


FOR RELEASE Monday, November 13, 2006

Seattle Symphony's new Assistant Conductor Carolyn Kuan will lead Orchestra in Discover Music! Performances

Seattle, WA – The Seattle Symphony announces its 2006–2007 concerts for young people and families, including the Discover Music!, Tiny Tots, and Popular Classics series. Families are invited to create wonderful musical memories with their children by attending any number of the performances this season. Additionally, Enhancement Classes and Early Childhood Music Classes are offered throughout the season in the Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center.

Carolyn Kuan, Seattle Symphony’s new Assistant Conductor, kicked off this season’s Discover Music! series on October 21, 2006 with a highly successful program highlighting Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Performing for young audiences is one of Kuan’s passions. “Growing up,” Kuan explains, “I loved going to concerts. My parents and I would always talk about the concerts afterward - what I liked, what I thought was weird, how things compared to past concerts and other things I do. Our concerts (for young audiences) are wonderful for discovering and learning about music, dance and theatre. More importantly, they are engaging and we want everyone to have a good time.” Kuan will conduct the majority of the Discover Music! performances this season.

Discover Music! series
Discover Music! series is designed for children ages 5-12 and their families. Seattle Symphony offers two series of five concerts each, series A and series B. Tickets are sold in either a 5-Concert series package at the rate of $90 per Adult and $65 per Child/Senior or individually per concert. The hour-long Saturday morning performances begin at 11 a.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Audiences are invited to come at 10 a.m. for concert-related activities held in the lobby. Sunday Enhancement Classes are also offered in conjunction with each Discover Music! performance. Classes are held in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center and are limited to 20 students.

Bank of America Discover Music! series A

October 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. Classic Treasures including The Soldier’s Tale
December 2, 2006 at 11 a.m. Holiday Celebrations: Cinderella to Swan Lake
January 20, 2007 at 11 a.m. Music for the Theatre
March 10, 2007 at 11 a.m. Ballroom Blast
May 5, 2007 at 11 a.m. Side-by-Side Spectacular

Discover Music! series B

October 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. Classic Treasures including The Soldier’s Tale
January 13, 2007 at 11 a.m. Music for the Theatre
March 17, 2007 at 11 a.m. Ballroom Blast
April 14, 2007 at 11 a.m. The Symphony & the Sorcerer
May 12, 2007 at 11 a.m. Side-by-Side Spectacular

The Discover Music! series opened with performances on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, with Classic Treasures featuring 10-year old solo violinist Simone Porter. In the next Discover Music! performance, guest conductor Bramwell Tovey will usher in the holiday season with Holiday Celebrations: Cinderella to Swan Lake on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. The program will feature excerpts from Prokofiev’s Cinderella and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake as well as Weber’s Invitation to the Dance. African-American gospel and storytelling group Sankofa will perform one hour prior to the concert as part of the pre-concert activity in the lobby. Tickets for individual performances are available for $20 per Adult and $15 per Child/Senior and include pre-concert and concert performances.

Enhancement Classes will be offered in conjunction with Holiday Celebrations: Cinderella to Swan Lake on Sunday Dec. 10, 2006 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each session will last one hour and include musical fun with games and crafts based on the concert theme.

The Discover Music! series continues Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m., with Music for the Theatre. Assistant Conductor Kuan will lead the program featuring Copland’s Music for the Theatre (accompanied by the ARC Dance Company), the overture to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Stravinsky’s Fanfare for a New Theatre and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Seattle Flute Society will perform one hour prior to the concert as part of the pre-concert activity in the lobby. Tickets for individual performances are available for $20 per Adult and $15 per Child/Senior and include pre-concert and concert performances.

Enhancement Classs will be offered in conjunction with Music for the Theatre on Sunday Jan. 7, 2007 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each session will last one hour and include musical fun with games and crafts based on the concert theme.

In Ballroom Blast on Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. and Saturday March 17, at 11 a.m., audiences will be entertained by Latin rhythm band Bochinche, USA Dance Seattle and Assistant Conductor Kuan with the Seattle Symphony. The program features music from Piazolla and Golijov, and will include choreographed dance performances of the waltz, tango and swing. USA Dance Seattle will perform one hour prior to the concert as part of the pre-concert activity in the lobby. Tickets for individual performances are available for $20 per Adult and $15 per Child/Senior and include pre-concert and concert performances.

Enhancement Classes will be offered in conjunction with Ballroom Blast on Sunday March 4, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each session will last one hour and include musical fun with games and crafts based on the concert theme.

On April 14, at 11 a.m., The Symphony and the Sorcerer will cast a spell on young audiences in a program of “magical” music. Assistant Conductor Kuan will lead the orchestra in a program which includes excerpts from Scéhérazade, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Swan Lake Suite and other enchanted pieces. The Enchantment Theatre Company will perform alongside the Seattle Symphony during the concert and Dan the Magic Man will perform one hour prior to the concert as part of the pre-concert activity in the lobby. Tickets for individual performances are available for $20 per Adult and $15 per Child/Senior and include pre-concert and concert performances.

Enhancement Classes will be offered in conjunction with The Symphony and the Sorcerer on Sunday March 25, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each session will last one hour and include musical fun with games and crafts based on the concert theme.

In the final performances of the Discover Music! ,2006-2007 season, Music Director Gerard Schwarz will conduct the Seattle Symphony alongside the best young musicians in the state of Washington in Side-by-Side Spectacular. Performances will take place Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. and will include performances of Stravinsky’s Firebird and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra among other enthralling pieces. Tickets for individual performances are available for $20 per Adult and $15 per Child/Senior and include pre-concert and concert performances.

Enhancement Classes will be offered in conjunction with Side-by-Side Spectacular on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each session will last one hour and include musical fun with games and crafts based on the concert theme.

Tiny Tots series
The Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots series, designed for children from birth to age 5, have been carefully planned for young patrons—from the length of the concerts to their interactive and age-specific content. The series offers five different programs in the 2006-2007 season. At Tiny Tots concerts, the Seattle Symphony’s youngest music lovers will experience a variety of programs focused on the great composers of symphonic music, from “Bartók for Babies” to “Dvôrák’s Music for New Minds.” The performances are packed full of musical play, stories and songs led by early-childhood educators Identical Harmony. Identical Harmony received the prestigious 2002 Parents’ Choice Gold Award for their recording with The Canadian Brass, “Symphony Shine Time! Focus on the Brass.” The Parents’ Choice Foundation is a non-profit consumer guide to children’s media. Local young musicians will also perform in the concerts and pre-concert lobby activities.

Tiny Tots performances are offered as a Friday morning series or Saturday morning series. The Friday morning performances are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 6 and Nov.17, and Feb. 9, April 27, and June 15. The Saturday morning performances are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 1 p.m. on Oct. 7 and Nov. 18, and February 10, April 28, and June 16. A five-concert series is $32 for Adult/Child/Senior. Tickets for individual performances are also available for $7. Please call ticket office at (206) 215-4747 for more information.

Popular Classics series
The Popular Classics series is designed for teen-agers and their families. This series is offered in three evening performances starting at 7 p.m. and is a great next step for teens who have been inspired by Discover Music! On Thursday, Dec. 28, Music Director Gerard Schwarz will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Seattle Symphony Chorale.

On Thursday, March 1, Maestro Schwarz will lead the Seattle Symphony in a performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto. Pianist John Lill will be the featured soloist.

Popular Classics concludes Friday, April 27, with a special performance by Bobby McFerrin. The always innovative McFerrin will conduct a program which includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No 1, “Classical Symphony,” Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Bizet’s Symphony in C major. The audience will be treated to vocal improvisations by McFerrin himself.

Tickets for individual performances are available from $15. Please call ticket office at (206) 215-4747 for information.

Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center
Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center offers people of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to build a lifelong relationship with symphonic music. This interactive learning center features hands-on exhibits, instrument exploration, a virtual conducting station, listening posts and more. Soundbridge members enjoy unlimited visits, discounts on Soundbridge quarterly classes, free admission to designated programs, invitations to a Seattle Symphony education rehearsal and other events. Early Childhood Music Classes are available for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, and in special programs for teachers and students. Annual memberships are $50 for families and $60 for schools. Individual daily admission is $7 for adults and $5 for ages 5 to 18. No admission charge for children ages 0-4.

Ticket Information
To receive a brochure detailing concerts for young people, including the Discover Music! Tiny Tots, and Popular Classics series, as well as Discover Music! Enhancement Classes and Early Childhood Music Classes in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center, please call the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or visit www.seattlesymphony.org.

The Seattle Symphony, under the direction of Music Director Gerard Schwarz, is one of the oldest and largest cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Recognized for its adventurous programming and tradition of performing music by contemporary composers, the Symphony, founded in 1903, is one of the world’s most recorded orchestras, represented on nearly 100 compact discs. From September through July, the Seattle Symphony is heard live by more than 330,000 people annually in a schedule that includes 18 weeks of classical subscription Masterpiece concerts and a broad spectrum of other series, including Visiting Orchestras, Basically Baroque, Mainly Mozart, Popular Classics, Seattle Pops, Discover Music!, Tiny Tots, Distinguished Artists, Popular Culture, Musically Speaking, Organ, Guitar, and Symphony Specials.

Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, is located in downtown Seattle on the city block between Second and Third avenues and Union and University streets. The 2,500-seat S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium and the 540-seat Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall are easily accessible by public transportation. A 430-space parking garage, accessible from Second Avenue, is housed within Benaroya Hall.

*All programs and artists subject to change. Photos of Seattle Symphony and guest artists are available to the media on request.