Beethoven Festival Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8

While health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel all performances scheduled for June 3–28 and July 25, 2020. All ticket holders will be notified.

Returning to a landmark project from 2013, Potlatch Symphony 2020 brings the Seattle Symphony and artists from Puget Sound’s first nations together in an exchange that celebrates this region’s land and ancestral history. In the “Pastoral” Sixth Symphony, Beethoven flung open the doors of the concert hall, attuning his symphonic craft to the natural world like never before.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 18 Jun (Thu) 2020 7:30PM
  • 20 Jun (Sat) 2020 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

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

Running time

1 hour, 58 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Thomas Dausgaard


Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.

Swil Kanim


Swil Kanim is a US Army Veteran, storyteller, actor and classically trained violinist who grew up in Washington State. For many years he has traveled up and down the West Coast, playing violin and telling stories at schools, community events and festivals. He plays his own compositions, which incorporate classical influences but are infused with his own life and musical influences. Swil Kanim has been a featured performer at the American Indian Film Awards in San Francisco since 2003. The recipient of many awards and honors, Swil Kanim performed at the West Coast American Indian Music Awards in 2008, where he was presented with both the classical and traditional instrument awards. That same year he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at Key Arena in Seattle for the Seeds of Compassion event. He passionately encourages and inspires people of all walks of life to Honor their vision and follow their passion.

Paul Chiyokten Wagner

Native Flute

Members of regional native tribes

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.


Thomas Dausgaard’s performance sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun.

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