Community Concerts – Side-by-Sides

Mentoring the Next Generation of Musicians

As part of its commitment to coaching and mentoring young musicians from local high schools, universities, youth orchestra organizations and community orchestras the Seattle Symphony gives numerous free Side-by-Side Concerts each season. The concerts feature musicians from community and high school orchestras performing alongside their professional counterparts.


Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra
Garfield High School
Roosevelt High School
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
University of Washington School of Music
West Seattle Community Orchestra

Partnership with University of Washington School of Music

Ludovic Morlot is a committed mentor of young aspiring conductors. Since 2013 he has served as Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies in the University of Washington’s School of Music. In this capacity Morlot makes five to seven appearances at the University each year, leading classes and seminars in conducting. Students in the program also attend Seattle Symphony rehearsals throughout the season as part of their training under Morlot.

In addition, the Seattle Symphony frequently rehearses and performs symphonic works by UW composition majors, offering these young composers an opportunity to hear their works played by a professional orchestra. Concerts take place in Benaroya Hall and are open to the public.


If you would like to become a Side-by-Side partner organization, please contact to explore opportunities to bring the Seattle Symphony to your community. 

Community Concerts

Side-by-Sides Events

Side-by-Sides Calendar

Side-by-Side with Ballard High School Orchestra

Friday, 1 March, 2019 7:30PM

Join the Seattle Symphony and Ballard High School Orchestra for an all-Scandinavian program.

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University of Washington Community Concert

Friday, 15 March, 2019 7:30PM

Ludovic Morlot and David Rahbee conduct the Seattle Symphony and University of Washington Orchestra in a program featuring music by Seth Krimsky, Richard Karpen & Thomas Larcher and the University of Washington faculty members Melia Watras, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir & Cristina Valdes.

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Lullaby Project Celebration Concert

Sunday, 12 May, 2019 11:00AM

Join us for a joyful celebration of lullabies this Mother’s Day! This moving event will feature songs created by parents at Mary’s Place and performed by Seattle Symphony musicians. Now in its sixth season, the Lullaby Project is a featured program of our Simple Gifts initiative.

Admission is free with ticket.

The Lullaby Project is a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

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