Prokofiev Symphony No. 7

In the last major work of his life, Prokofiev filled his Seventh Symphony with music of disarming innocence and simplicity. He began composing it for a children’s radio program, and even as it expanded into a full-throated symphony it retained a childlike sense of wonder. Sibelius, the proud son of Finland, channeled his austere Nordic sensibilities into his Violin Concerto, which spans from an icy tremble to a pounding dance once dubbed the “polonaise for polar bears.” Don’t miss the return of violinist Aleksey Semenenko, who “played with deep sensitivity and chamber-like focus” in his last Seattle Symphony appearance (The Seattle Times).

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 14 Feb (Thu) 2019 7:30PM
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  • 16 Feb (Sat) 2019 8:00PM
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Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 32 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance

Location

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall

Performers

Vasily Petrenko

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko was born in 1976 and started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia. He then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and has also participated in masterclasses with such major figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons, and Yuri Temirkanov.

Aleksey Semenenko

Violin

Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko is praised for passionate performances replete with “stunning technique and intonation, verve, wit, delicatesse, and beautiful phrasing” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), as well as consistently demonstrating “an unparalleled level of refined musicianship and stage presence” (The Strad).

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.

Program

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Paul Dukas

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Sergey Prokofiev

Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Sponsors

Aleksey Semenenko's performances are generously underwritten by Mel and Leena Sturman through the Seattle Symphony's Guest Artists Circle.