Schumann Piano Concerto

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Schumann's Piano Concerto owes a great debt to his wife, the composer and pianist Clara Schumann. From the yearning first movement to the joyful finale, her influence can be heard throughout as the piano and orchestra dance together in a tightly woven choreography. Composed as a tribute to her mother, Anna Clyne's Within Her Arms is a somber, deeply felt meditation on life and loss for string orchestra. Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony revisits the awe he felt as a young man in Edinburgh, beholding the ruined castle of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Thursday, 24 October, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 26 October, 2019 8:00PM

Mendelssohn Untuxed

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Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony revisits the awe he felt as a young man in Edinburgh, beholding the ancient castle of Mary, Queen of Scots. This Untuxed concert is short (no intermission) and casual (no formal wear for the orchestra), with engaging insights and wit from host and Seattle Symphony bass Jonathan Green.

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Friday, 25 October, 2019 7:00PM

First Concerts: Meet the Viola

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Meet the viola in Octave 9! Seattle Symphony violist Mara Gearman will perform short pieces and invite questions from curious little ones in a sensory-friendly environment. Children will learn how to be musical explorers and try out instruments before the show.

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Saturday, 26 October, 2019 9:30AM

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Saturday, 26 October, 2019 11:00AM

Akashinga: The Brave Ones (National Geographic Live)

2019-2020 National Geographic >

Damien Mander spent his early 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others — first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a special operations sniper in an elite hostage recovery unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: applying military solutions to the fight against poachers.

Instead, he found himself forming the first all-female ranger unit in Zimbabwe: Akashinga (“The Brave Ones”). The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives and AIDS orphans. One remarkable recruit — Vimbai Kumire — grew up in poverty in rural Zimbabwe, where she was the youngest of eight children and dreamed of securing a better future for herself. Over the course of her time in the unit, she displayed such grit, discipline and leadership that she was promoted to Sergeant and Squad Leader of Akashinga Ranger Team One.

Join Mander and Kumire as they share how their unique personal journeys converged in pursuit of a common goal — protecting Africa’s wildlife for future generations.

National Geographic Live brings the top National Geographic photographers, scientists, filmmakers and adventurers to audiences around the world to share their unbelievable behind-the-scenes stories and stunning images and video.

This event is presented by the Seattle Symphony. The orchestra will not perform on this program.

Photo credit: Brent Stirton

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Sunday, 27 October, 2019 2:00PM

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Monday, 28 October, 2019 7:30PM

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Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 7:30PM

Vieux Farka Touré & Bombino: Sons of the Sahara

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The Sons of the Sahara tour is a unique collaboration between two of Africa's most esteemed and dynamic guitar masters. Vieux Farka Touré — often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara” — is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Bombino is the first ever artist from Niger to be nominated for a Grammy Award, with his sunny blend of Tuareg blues and reggae. Bombino (Niger) and Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) perform joint and separate sets, both electric and acoustic, transporting the audience on a dazzling and intimate musical journey to the Sahara Desert, the original birthplace of the blues.

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Monday, 28 October, 2019 7:30PM

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