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Friday, 22 January, 2016

The Orchestra will also give a Side-by-Side Performance with local community ensemble West Seattle Community Orchestra 

Photo credit:  Tom Wolken

Seattle, WA — The Seattle Symphony will give three free Side-by-Side concerts this winter, continuing a tradition of coaching and mentoring young musicians from local high schools, universities and youth orchestra organizations. The Side-by-Side concerts, where musicians from community and high school orchestras perform alongside their professional counterparts, will feature the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center on January 26, the Garfield High School Orchestra at Benaroya Hall on March 1 and the Roosevelt High School Orchestra at Roosevelt High School on March 8.

In addition, the Seattle Symphony will perform a free Side-by-Side concert with West Seattle Community Orchestra at Chief Sealth International High School on February 24. This is the Symphony’s second Side-by-Side with this community orchestra comprised of volunteer adult and youth musicians.

The Side-by-Side concerts with CYSO, Roosevelt High School and West Seattle Community Orchestra each feature a young musician in a solo role, selected through the Seattle Symphony’s Young Artist Auditions. The Garfield High School Orchestra performance celebrates the 30th anniversary of award-winning Garfield High School Music Director Marcus Tsutakawa. Tsutakawa is also a Seattle Symphony Lifetime Board Member.

These concerts are in addition to an already busy schedule of free Community Concerts this season which included a chamber program at Rainier Valley Cultural Center in October, a Side-by-Side chamber concert with University of Washington School of Music students at Brechemin Auditorium in November, and the upcoming orchestra performance at Seattle City Hall at noon on Friday, February 26.

Concerts and Program Details:


Seattle Symphony and Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday, January 26, at 7 p.m.

Shorecrest Performing Arts Center

15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155


Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

Gerry Jon Marsh, conductor

Yesong Sophie Lee, violin (age 12)

Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Symphony 


CÉSAR FRANCK                                   Allegro non troppo [mvt. III] from Symphony in D minor


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART      Selections from Ballet Music from Idomeneo,

Rè di Creta, K. 367

                                                SEATTLE SYMPHONY

FRANZ WAXMAN                               Carmen Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra

                                                                        YESONG SOPHIE LEE, VIOLIN           

                                                                        SEATTLE SYMPHONY 

IGOR STRAVINSKY                             L’oiseau de feu (1919 version) (“The Firebird” Suite)     

                                                                        CASCADE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

                                                                        SEATTLE SYMPHONY 


A family-friendly concert featuring young violinist, Yesong Sophie Lee, with the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony. 




Seattle Symphony and West Seattle Community Orchestra Side-by-Side


Pre-concert performances begin at 6:15pm with the Chief Sealth International High School Orchestra and the West Seattle High School Orchestra.


Wednesday, February 24, at 7 p.m.

Chief Sealth International High School

2600 SW Thistle Street, Seattle, WA 98126


Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor

Alena Hove, violin (age 16)

Bronwyn James, viola (age 17)

West Seattle Community Orchestra

Seattle Symphony


JEAN SIBELIUS                                   Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7

                                                                       WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA

                                                                       SEATTLE SYMPHONY                                                                 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART      Allegro maestoso from Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra, K. 364 (320D)                                                                                                              

                                                                        ALENA HOVE, VIOLIN                                                  

                                                                        BRONWYN JAMES, VIOLA

                                                                        SEATTLE SYMPHONY

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART      Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a                                       

                                                                        SEATTLE SYMPHONY


Seattle Symphony Assistant Conductor Pablo Rus Broseta leads this family-friendly concert featuring teen soloists Alena Hove and Bronwyn James.




Seattle Symphony with Garfield High School


Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

Benaroya Hall

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Marcus Tsutakawa, conductor

Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Symphony 


GABRIEL FAURÉ                                 Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112

                                                                        SEATTLE SYMPHONY

RICHARD WAGNER                            Suite from Tannhäuser

/arr. Merle J. Isaac                                       Garfield High School Concert Orchestra

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY             Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker                                          /arr. C. Paul Herfurth                    Garfield High School concert Orchestra

CLAUDE DEBUSSY                              La mer (“The Sea”)                                                                                                               Garfield High School Symphony orchestra                               SEATTLE SYMPHONY

Seattle Symphony celebrates the 30th anniversary of Garfield High School Music Director Marcus Tsutakawa in this family-friendly concert. Music Director Ludovic Morlot conducts Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony as they share the stage to perform Debussy’s La mer (“The Sea”).




Seattle Symphony with Roosevelt High School


Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

Roosevelt High School

1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115


Ruth Reinhardt, conductor

Anna Edwards, conductor

Evan Johanson, violin (age 16)

Roosevelt High School Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Symphony 


JESSIE MONTGOMERY                       Starburst

                                                                        ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN               Allegro ma non troppo (“Awakening of cheerful feelings on arriving in the country”) [mvt 1] from Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”                                                 

                                                                                     ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA     

ERNEST CHAUSSON                           Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25

                                                                        EVAN JOHANSON, VIOLIN

                                                                        SEATTLE SYMPHONY       

CLAUDE DEBUSSY                              La mer (“The Sea”)

                                                                        ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


A family-friendly concert featuring young violinist Evan Johanson, conducted by Conducting Fellow Ruth Reinhardt.

The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Boeing Company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Inc., the Elizabeth McGraw Foundation, the Fales Foundation Trust, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Christine and Michel Suignard, Ten Grands Seattle, the U.S. Bank Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Wyman Youth Trust.

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, including John Luther Adams' recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received 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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