Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

The Seattle Symphony has canceled the March 12th and 14th performances of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in order to prioritize the health and safety of our audiences, musicians and staff while health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

To offer increased flexibility, all ticket exchanges are free for performances through May 31, 2020. Learn more about your ticket options and check the status of upcoming performances.

Florence Price’s Second Violin Concerto is startingly fresh, weaving influences from African American spirituals into the tapestry of the orchestra. Prokofiev’s whimsical First Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s gut-wrenching Fifth show two Russian outsiders arriving at bold and highly personal strategies to cast aside the heavy mantles of Mozart and Beethoven.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 12 Mar (Thu) 2020 7:30PM
  • 14 Mar (Sat) 2020 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

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

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 33 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Eun Sun Kim


Following her sensational debut with Houston Grand Opera’s 2017/18 production of La Traviata, Eun Sun Kim was named the company’s next Principal Guest Conductor. Beginning the 2019/20 season, she will be the first conductor to hold this title in Houston in 25 years, and will further her operatic presence in North America with a new production of Rusalka at San Francisco Opera. She also recently receive broad praise for her performance of Verdi’s Messa de Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival Chorus in May 2018.

Elisa Barston

Second Violin

Praised for her “glowing sound” and “technical aplomb” (The Strad), violinist Elisa Barston is the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Second Violin.

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.


Performances of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 are generously underwritten by an anonymous donor. Elisa Barston's performances are generously underwritten by Grant and Dorrit Saviers.

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