FOR RELEASE Monday, October 22, 2012

JUST ADDED! Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday Show Transports Audience to Tropical Island Paradise, December 17

Seattle Symphony Offerings Include Holiday Pops, Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on New Year’s Eve

Gift Ideas Include Concert Tickets, Gift Certificates, Music-Themed Merchandise and the Seattle Symphony’s Beethoven’s Ninth CD

The Seattle Symphony celebrates the holidays with a full month of festive performances each December. This season sees the return of the Orchestra’s popular traditional holiday offerings, including five performances of Holiday Pops with newly-announced Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik (December 6­–9); four performances of Handel’s Messiah (December 14–16); and four performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony led by Music Director Ludovic Morlot (December 28–31), including the New Year’s Eve: Concert, Countdown and Celebration. A special one-night performance of Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday Show will bring Hawaii’s top musicians to Seattle for a night of island rhythms and festive tiki lounge music (December 17). The Symphony’s wide array of family-friendly programming also includes Holiday Spectacular, a Kindermusik® program designed specifically for families and children ages 0–6 (December 1); as well as An Irish Christmas with Eileen Ivers (December 18); and A Festival of Lessons and Carols, featuring the Northwest Boychoir (December 23).

Seattle Symphony’s Holiday Musical Salute Benefit Event

The 18th annual Holiday Musical Salute will be presented on Tuesday, December 4, at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. This is one of the Symphony’s most popular fundraisers and a perfect way to celebrate the season while benefiting the Seattle Symphony Players’ Pension Plan. The festive event begins with a hot cider reception at 11 a.m., followed by a Seattle Symphony performance of seasonal music including Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, led by Associate Conductor Stilian Kirov in the Grand Ballroom. A holiday luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $125; all reservations must be received by Wednesday, November 1. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact the Seattle Symphony’s Special Events Department at (206) 215-4756. Holiday Musical Salute is sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Seattle Symphony Gift Ideas for Holiday Shopping

Give the gift of music this holiday season. Concert ticket gift certificates are redeemable for all Seattle Symphony performances. This popular gift idea is available in any denomination from the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office.

The Seattle Symphony released a recording of Prokofiev’s timeless classic Peter & the Wolf in 2011. Issued on the Brilliance Audio label, this childhood favorite features Jim Dale, the Grammy Award–winning narrator of the best-selling Harry Potter audiobooks. Peter & the Wolf is an ideal gift for families and children, who will enjoy hearing this famous musical story in which every character is portrayed by a different instrument from the orchestra.

The Seattle Symphony’s self-produced CD, Beethoven’s Ninth, is currently on sale. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its glorious “Ode to Joy” finale, is an annual New Year’s tradition at the Seattle Symphony. Now, audiences can take the music home with this disc featuring Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz with the Orchestra, plus the Seattle Symphony Chorale, soprano Jane Eaglen, mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby, tenor William Burden and bass-baritone Clayton Brainerd. The Seattle Symphony’s Holiday Classics album, re-released internationally in 2010 on the Naxos label, is also currently on sale.

Symphonica, The Symphony Store also offers a host of holiday gift ideas, including holiday cards, artisan jewelry, musical merchandise – including holiday ornaments – and new Seattle Symphony logo items, including coffee mugs, water bottles, reusable shopping bags and tee-shirts. Symphonica also stocks many Seattle Symphony recordings. Located in The Boeing Company Gallery in Benaroya Hall, Symphonica is also open 90 minutes prior to Seattle Symphony performances and during intermission. For Symphonica information call (206) 215-4796.

Seattle Symphony Holiday Concerts

Holiday Spectacular

Saturday, December 1, at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

Studio3Music’s Kindermusik® musicians

It’s a delightful collection of holiday music from all over the world. PLUS! Join in an audience sing-along. Concerts are 35 minutes in length and specifically designed for tots from birth to 6 years. Pre-concert activities take place 30 minutes prior to each concert.

Tickets $12; tickets are required for all ages, including babes in arms.

Holiday Musical Salute

Tuesday, December 4, at 11 a.m.
Seattle Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom

Join the Seattle Symphony for our annual holiday concert and luncheon at the Sheraton to benefit the Seattle Symphony Players’ Pension Plan. For more information or to reserve your ticket, contact the Seattle Symphony Special Events Department at (206) 215-4756. Holiday Musical Salute is sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Tickets from $125

Holiday Pops with the Seattle Symphony

Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Christiane Noll, vocals
Doug LaBrecque, vocals
Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Pops season kicks off the holidays with the perfect collection of seasonal favorites, led by newly announced Seattle Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. There’s simply no better way to ring in the season.

Tickets from $19

The Seattle Pops series is sponsored by MCM.

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 14, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, at 1 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m.

Steven Stubbs, conductor
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano
Ross Hauck, tenor
Kevin Deas, baritone
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony

HANDEL: Messiah

An annual Seattle Symphony tradition! Don’t miss the exquisite choral writing and exultant “Hallelujah” chorus in Handel’s Messiah — featuring the Seattle Symphony Chorale and distinguished vocal soloists.

Tickets from $24

Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday Show {Just Added!}

Monday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Escape the cold this holiday season as Hawaii's most celebrated tiki lounge band, Don Tiki, transforms Benaroya Hall into a tropical paradise with island rhythms and danceable tiki tunes. This collective of Honolulu's top musicians, vocalists and dancers has travelled the globe, entertaining audiences from Vegas to Berlin — now they bring their uniquely Hawaiian warmth and humor to Seattle.

Performance does not include the Seattle Symphony.

Tickets from $37

An Irish Christmas with Eileen Ivers

Tuesday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Backed by her brilliantly versatile band, Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers creates a holiday program that showcases a unique Irish-fusion sound, drawing from a wide range of musical styles while remaining true to Celtic traditions.

Performance does not include the Seattle Symphony.

Tickets from $31

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 23, at 7 p.m.

Joseph Crnko, conductor
Northwest Boychoir
Vocalpoint! Seattle

Members of the Northwest Sinfonia

An annual favorite! Experience the story of the Nativity told through readings, choral settings and audience carols in beautiful Benaroya Hall.

Performance does not include the Seattle Symphony.

Tickets from $22

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Friday, December 28, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 29, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 30, at 2 p.m.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Elisa Barston, violin +
Nicole Cabell, soprano ^
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano ^
Clifton Forbis, tenor ^
Eric Owens, bass-baritone ^
Eva Lucero & Patricio Touceda, tango dancers +
Seattle Symphony Chorale ^
Seattle Symphony

+ PIAZZOLLA: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
^ BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Talented tango dancers kick off this festive concert, accompanied by Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Then, sit back and revel in Beethoven’s uplifting final symphony with its famous “Ode to Joy” chorus.

Elisa Barston’s performance on Friday is generously underwritten by Paul Leach and Susan Winokur.

Elisa Barston’s performance on Saturday is generously underwritten by Jean McTavish.

Tickets from $28

New Year’s Eve Concert, Countdown & Celebration

Monday, December 31, 2012, at 9 p.m.

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano +
Nicole Cabell, soprano ^
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano ^
Clifton Forbis, tenor ^
Eric Owens, bass-baritone ^
Seattle Symphony Chorale ^
Seattle Symphony

+ RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2
^ BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Ring in the New Year with a rousing performance of two classical music blockbusters: Rachmaninov’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony. Then, count down to midnight with Ludovic Morlot at a post-concert party in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.

Concert tickets start at $52 and include the post-concert party. A pre-concert dinner at Benaroya Hall by Wolfgang Puck catering is available for $75 per person (sold separately). Call 206.215.4747 for more information.

About the Seattle Symphony

Founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony is recognized as a major symphonic orchestra in the United States and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 315,000 people. Its pioneering education and community engagement programs reach over 100,000 children and adults each year. The Orchestra has completed more than 140 recordings, and received 12 Grammy nominations, two Emmy awards and numerous other accolades. The Seattle Symphony performs in one of the world’s finest concert venues – the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall – in downtown Seattle. For more information on the Seattle Symphony, visit

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased at, through the Seattle Symphony’s new iPhone and Android apps, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747, or by visiting the Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall, located on the corner of Union Street and Third Avenue. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, 1–6 p.m. Free public tours of Benaroya Hall occur every Friday at 12 noon and 1 p.m. and depart from the south end of The Boeing Company Gallery, at the entrance to the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.