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Discover Music! series presents Holiday Celebrations

FOR RELEASE Friday, November 17, 2006

Bramwell Tovey to Conduct Program for Children and Families

Seattle, WA – Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey will usher in the holiday season at Benaroya Hall 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. The African-American gospel and storytelling group Sankofa will perform in the lobby one hour prior to the concert at 10 a.m. as part of the pre-concert activity.

Discover Music! performances are specifically designed for children ages 5 to 12 and families. This concert is the second in the Bank of America Discover Music! series A.

Enhancement Classes will also be offered in conjunction with Holiday Celebrations: Cinderella to Swan Lake on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Each session lasts one hour and includes musical fun with games and crafts based on the concert theme. Classes are held in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center and are limited to 20 students.

Conductor Bramwell Tovey has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since 2000, Tovey has served as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony. A strong advocate of new music, he founded the New Music Festival and served as its Artistic Director for ten years during his tenure as the Music Director of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Tovey holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Winnipeg (1993), Manitoba (1999) and Kwatlen (2005). In recognition of his contribution to Canadian cultural life, he was awarded Canada’s 125th Anniversary Medal, as well as the 1999 Joan Chambers award for Artistic Direction, a prestigious Canadian prize for outstanding contribution to a professional performing arts organization.

Originally written for piano, Carl Maria von Weber’s Invitation to the Dance achieved new life when, in 1839, the Paris Opéra commissioned Hector Berlioz to orchestrate the piece for ballet music. Since that time, the piece has been a popular concert-opener. Though the tunes and harmonies are Weber’s, Berlioz’s mark is evident in the orchestral wizardry.

Swan Lake is the first of three ballet scores by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. While ballet has always enjoyed great popularity in Russia, Tchaikovsky single-handedly raised the musical standards with Swan Lake, followed by The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. The main musical theme of Swan Lake hauntingly pervades the entire score, unifying this story of love and betrayal.

Sergey Prokofiev can rightly be considered Tchaikovsky’s successor as Russia’s pre-eminent composer of ballet music. Prokofiev’s Cinderella evolved during the early years of World War II and earned the composer the Stalin Prize in 1946. The vivacious and highly pictorial music brings this perennial fairy tale to life.

Seattle Symphony offers two, five-concert Discover Music! series (series A and series B). Tickets for remaining concerts are now sold in either a four-concert series package at the rate of $75 per adult and $52 per child/senior, or individually per concert. Single tickets, $20 per adult, $15 per child/senior, can be purchased by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or toll-free at (866) 833-4747, faxing the Symphony at (206) 215-4748, ordering online at with the “Select-Your-Own-Seat” option, or visiting the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall at 3rd Avenue & Union Street, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.

Subscriptions are still available for Seattle Symphony performances. For group sales information, call (206) 215-4784. Student and senior rush discount tickets, subject to availability, go on sale in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 6 p.m. prior to evening performances and two hours prior to afternoon performances.


Discover Music! series A
Holiday Celebrations: Cinderella to Swan Lake

Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 11 a.m.

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Benaroya Hall

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Seattle Symphony

Carl Maria von Weber
Invitation to the Dance
/arr. Berlioz

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts from Swan Lake
Opening Scene
from Act II
Waltz from Act I
Selections from Act IV

Sergey Prokofiev Excerpts from Cinderella
Cinderella's Waltz

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