History

The Seattle Symphony on Tour

The Seattle Symphony is deeply committed to the grand tradition of orchestral touring, which brings the orchestra's music-making magic to new audiences outside the Puget Sound region.

Carnegie Hall Spring For Music, 2014

The Seattle Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall in May 2014 as part of the Spring For Music festival, an annual festival at Carnegie Hall designed to showcase the quality and creativity of North American orchestras. Ludovic Morlot led the orchestra in Varèse’s Déserts, Debussy’s La mer and John Luther Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean, which was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and received its world premiere in 2013. Members of the orchestra also gave a concert at New York City’s hip Lower East Side art cabaret, (Le) Poisson Rouge. The performance was inspired by the Seattle Symphony’s popular late-night series, [untitled], and presented a contrasting lineup of works mirroring the compositions performed at Carnegie Hall.

Portland, Oregon Tour, 2014

In March 2014 the Seattle Symphony made its debut at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, presented by the Oregon Symphony. The program, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, was the same as the Spring For Music festival program at Carnegie Hall with works by John Luther Adams, Varèse and Debussy.

The Southern California Tour, 2008

The Seattle Symphony sought the warm California Sun in spring 2008 for a week-long tour of Southern California with world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Washington State Tour, 2004

In October 2004, the Symphony embarked on a three-city Washington State Tour. Assistant Conductor Christian Knapp led the orchestra on the tour, which included stops in Ellensburg, Moses Lake and Pullman.

East Coast Centennial Tour, 2003

During the 2003–2004 Centennial Season, the Seattle Symphony made an historic East Coast Centennial Tour, which included the orchestra's Carnegie Hall debut on April 1, 2004. The Carnegie Hall program included the New York premiere of Bright Sheng's The Phoenix with soprano Jane Eaglen as soloist, as well as R. Strauss' Tod und Verklärung ("Death and Transfiguration"), Op. 24, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43.

In addition to the Carnegie Hall performance, the tour included concerts in Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 30; State Theater, New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 31; and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island, New York, on April 2.

Florida Tour, 2002

During the 2001–2002 season, the Seattle Symphony embarked on a five-concert tour of Florida, its first visit to that state. The Seattle Symphony's Florida Tour 2002, sponsored in part by BAX Global, played to sold-out concert venues and garnered extensive critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike. Seattle Symphony patrons back home also followed the Florida Tour through daily tour reports broadcast on Classical KING FM 98.1.

Washington State Tour, 2002

In October 2002, the Symphony traveled to central and eastern Washington. This four-concert tour brought the beauty and power of Seattle Symphony performances to concertgoers outside the Puget Sound region.