Singer-songwriter Whitney Mongé learned to harness the power of authenticity while honing her skills as a street performer in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. Each part of her nuanced performance, from the passion of her powerful, smoky voice to the intensity of her soulful guitar playing, draws listeners into a truthful embrace in every moment of song. Mongé was raised with rhythm and blues in her blood and the Pacific Northwest rock scene surrounding her, but she has since developed her own particular crossover genre, Alternative Soul. With four original albums to her name and a growing presence on the national music scene, Whitney Mongé is certainly one to watch.
Samuel Barber's one and only violin concerto shimmers and soars under the capable bow of rising star and Seattle favorite Simone Porter, hailed for her gorgeous tone and technical prowess. Conductor Shiyeon Sung returns to the Benaroya Hall stage to lead Porter and the orchestra in this enchanting work, paired with Korngold’s delightful Dance in the Old Style and Tchaikovsky’s romantic Serenade for Strings.
Be transported to a world of youthful enchantment with Shostakovich’s impish First Piano Concerto, exuding the composer's carefree attitude and sassy swagger. The festive atmosphere continues with Haydn's popular London Symphony, full of bold statements and jaunty folk tunes.
The Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel the October 20 performance of An Evening with Audra McDonald and the Seattle Symphony. In-person concerts with a live audience continue to be suspended until King County is safely in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan. All ticket holders will be notified.