Mahler Symphony No. 5


One of the most captivating artists of his generation, American pianist Eric Lu makes his Seattle Symphony debut with Mozart’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 20. Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony scales an emotional journey from the depths of despair to unbridled joy. Music Director Thomas Dausgaard conducts this dramatic program.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 8 Apr (Thu) 2021 7:30PM
  • 9 Apr (Fri) 2021 12:00PM
  • 10 Apr (Sat) 2021 8:00PM

Running time

1 hour, 55 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.

Eric Lu


Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018 and made his BBC Proms debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Long Yu in summer 2019. He is currently a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. The 2018–19 season saw Eric perform with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (with Vasily Petrenko), Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard), and The Hallé (Sir Mark Elder and Tomáš Hanus); and give recitals at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, LSO St Luke’s, Seoul Arts Centre, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Grand Theatre Shanghai and Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris. In June 2019, Eric replaced Martha Argerich with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Darío Alejandro Ntaca).

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 performances are sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun.

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