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Thursday, 28 July, 2016


GOING FAST: Hilary Hahn, Joshua Bell,

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic


The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses on Sept 14

The Dates for Two Key Fundraising Events Have Now Been Set:

Holiday Musical Salute on December 6

Ten Grands on May 13

Seattle, WA – Single tickets for the Seattle Symphony’s 2016–2017 season, including newly added concerts, go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony’s iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple’s App Store or Android’s App Store. Subscription packages, which offer significant savings over single ticket prices, as well as ticket exchange benefits, are still available.

The 2016–2017 season opens on September 17 with the Opening Night Concert featuring the joyful artistry of renowned American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Ludovic Morlot conducts the Seattle Symphony in a program of old world elegance and new world vivacity and charm, followed by the annual Opening Night Gala.

Newly Added Concerts, Cancellations and Program Updates

A performance of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has been added on September 14. Under the direction of guest conductor Amy Andersson, audiences are invited to journey back to the land of Hyrule with Master Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Master Quest is a never before seen or heard multimedia concert experience that celebrates the beloved 29-year-old The Legend of Zelda franchise.

The Sonic Evolution 2 concert, scheduled for May 12, 2017 has been cancelled. Sonic Evolution 1 will still take place as scheduled on November 11, 2016.

The Sunday matinee performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on the Delta Air Lines Masterworks season, previously scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 2 p.m., will now take place on Friday, June 23, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Violinist Joshua Bell will now perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto instead of Barber’s Violin Concerto in the February 17 and 18, 2017 Delta Air Lines Masterworks concerts conducted by Ludovic Morlot.

Estonian conductor Olari Elts will replace Neeme Järvi for the April 13 and 15, 2017 Delta Air Lines Masterworks performances of Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the April 14 performance of Rachmaninov Untuxed. The program will now consist of Erkki-Sven Tüür's De Profundis and Rachmininov's Symphonic Dances, replacing Stenhammar's Serenade and Prokofiev's Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet from the original program.

The Seattle Symphony’s annual Holiday Musical Salute will be held December 6, 2016 and will feature pop-up gift shops and a concert of seasonal favorites by the Seattle Symphony at the Westin Seattle. This popular holiday tradition includes a hot cider reception and luncheon, all to benefit the Seattle Symphony Players’ Pension Plan.

The annual Ten Grands concert, featuring numerous artists and ten grand pianos on the Benaroya Hall stage, returns on May 13, 2017. Proceeds from this concert benefit the Seattle Symphony’s education and community programs, as well as other organizations in the region.

For the most up-to-date concert information, check the Chronological Listing of Concerts.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s performance is underwritten by Martin Selig and Catherine Mayer.

Hilary Hahn’s 2016–2017 residency is generously supported by the Judith Fong Music Director’s Fund.

Major corporate, foundation and government support for the Seattle Symphony is provided by 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Boeing Company, Classical KING FM 98.1, the Clowes Fund, Delta Air Lines, John Graham Foundation, MCM, Microsoft, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and The Wallace Foundation.

About Ludovic Morlot

As the Seattle Symphony's Music Director, Ludovic Morlot has been received with extraordinary enthusiasm by musicians and audiences alike, who have praised him for his deeply musical interpretations, his innovative programming and his focus on community collaboration. From 2012 to 2014 Morlot was also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, one of Europe's most prestigious opera houses.

In the U.S., Ludovic Morlot has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. Additionally, he has conducted the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Trained as a violinist, Morlot studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Morlot was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contributions to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music.

About the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras 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 from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

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