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Celebrate Asia

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Don’t miss the eleventh annual Celebrate Asia concert featuring music of Korea! Highlighted by pre- and post-concert festivities, this spectacular event is a special opportunity to revel in the rich musical traditions of Seattle’s varied and vibrant Asian communities.

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Sunday, 27 January, 2019 4:00PM

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

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Surprises abound when thoughtful musicians indulge in a bit of mischief and mayhem! The first symphony that Shostakovich composed as a frisky teenager crackles with dark humor and cheeky irony. Pianist Jonathan Biss, a virtuoso of the highest order, approaches his craft with a scholar’s curiosity and a raconteur’s knack for captivating the minds and ears of his audience. He asked Caroline Shaw, the multi-talented composer and performer who became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013, to compose this concerto as a response to Beethoven, an endeavor that calls for a healthy balance of sanctity and whimsy.

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Thursday, 31 January, 2019 7:30PM

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Friday, 1 February, 2019 12:00PM

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Saturday, 2 February, 2019 8:00PM

Silkroad Ensemble

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Following an unforgettable performance at Music Beyond Borders, Kinan Azmeh returns to perform the world premiere of his clarinet concerto with the Seattle Symphony. He is joined by the musicians of the Silkroad Ensemble in a concert celebrating the exchange of musical traditions, from Vijay Iyer’s ruminative City of Sand to Edward Perez’s thrilling Latina 6/8 Suite to a world premiere by Chen Yi.

Commissioned by Classical Movements for the Seattle Symphony as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.

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Wednesday, 6 February, 2019 7:30PM

Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

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Bach brings the best out of all musicians — especially the brilliant minds featured on this program. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 honors Bach through structural patterns and telltale themes, resulting in a stunningly clear and refined swan song from the 20th century’s greatest symphonist. Conductor Leopold Stokowski had a special affection for Bach, and his lush symphonic arrangement of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor radiates the full power of this iconic organ composition. John Harbison, a giant among living American composers, has long cited Bach as a primary influence. His other great love is jazz and the American songbook tradition, which contributes to the consistent warmth and humanity of his writing. His Bach-inspired symphony features the spectacular Watjen Concert Organ, the envy of every concert hall in the world.

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Thursday, 21 March, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 23 March, 2019 8:00PM

Surrogate Cities

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Surrogate Cities, a multimedia extravaganza by the German composer and theater artist Heiner Goebbels, studies the essence of a modern metropolis — its people, its power structures and its place in a changing world — with the world premiere of a new piece woven into Surrogate Cities. The music, like the city itself, is both organic and structured, a blur of human and machine-made sounds enhanced with striking visual effects. Texts by Paul Auster and Hugo Hamilton, two of the great novelists of urban life, supply a gritty script. Vocalist Jocelyn B. Smith brings the sultry intimacy of a cabaret singer, and David Moss delivers an explosive vocal performance that ranges from laconic film noir narration to hallucinogenic outbursts. As our city continues its rapid transformation, this timely performance offers surprising new angles of self-reflection.

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Thursday, 25 April, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 27 April, 2019 8:00PM

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