FOR RELEASE Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Orchestra Continues Tradition of Community Engagement with Free Performances at City Hall and Area High Schools

This month, the Seattle Symphony will perform three free Community Concerts, part of the Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to provide free opportunities for the community to experience the transformational and inspiring impact of live music. Evening concerts will take place at North Seattle’s Ingraham High School at 7:30 p.m. on February 19 and West Seattle’s Chief Sealth High School at 7:30 p.m. on February 26. The Orchestra continues its annual tradition of performing a free lunchtime concert at Seattle City Hall at 12 noon on Thursday, February 21. After the concert at City Hall, audience members are invited to attend a post-performance coffee reception in the Bertha Knight Landes Room.  Admission to all Community Concerts is free and tickets are not required.

At all three concerts, Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov will lead the Orchestra in a charming program of 19th- and 20th-century masterworks, including Béla Bartók’s Rumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra; Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin; and Johannes Brahms’ popular Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 & 6. Talented 16-year-old violinist Amelia Sie, who hails from Bellevue, Wash., will also perform the first movement of Sergey Prokofiev’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor.

These free Community Concerts are presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s Community Connections program, which is partially supported with funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and ArtsWA. Special thanks to The Bank of America for its corporate support of Seattle Symphony community programs.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. (Ingraham High School)

Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 12 noon (Seattle City Hall)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. (Chief Sealth High School)

Stilian Kirov, conductor

Amelia Sie, violin

Seattle Symphony

Rumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra

Allegro moderato from Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Amelia Sie, violin

Le tombeau de Couperin

JOHANNES BRAHMS / orch. by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

JOHANNES BRAHMS / orch. by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major