Free Concerts in Your Neighborhood This Season

The Seattle Symphony will perform seven free Community and Side-by-Side concerts during the 2017–2018 season.

By Andrew Stiefel

If you can’t come to the orchestra, the orchestra will come to you.

This season the Seattle Symphony will perform seven free concerts, including a chamber concert in Des Moines on October 23, a performance at Seattle City Hall on February 28, and a concert in the Haller Lake neighborhood on March 1. The concerts are part of the Seattle Symphony’s ongoing commitment to broaden accessibility to arts programming and build lasting relationships with communities throughout the region.

Community Concerts also include a special performance as part of the Seattle Symphony’s Simple Gifts program. Composer in Residence Alexandra Gardner will work with LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness to create a collaborative composition. Seattle Symphony musicians will premiere the work on May 18 during a free concert open to the community.

The Symphony will perform three Side-by-Side Concerts with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School. Side-by-Side Concerts provide a valuable opportunity for students to perform alongside professional musicians and are part of a continuing tradition of coaching and mentoring young musicians from local high schools, universities and community organizations. 

Community Concerts

Please join the Seattle Symphony for these free Community Concerts in your neighborhood this season!

Des Moines Beach Park Community Concert

Friday, October 13, 2017, at 7pm
Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium
22030 Cliff Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198

Take a trip to the scenic Des Moines Beach Park to enjoy this free Community Concert with the Seattle Symphony. Join musicians from the Seattle Symphony as they perform Composer in Residence Alexandra Gardner’s String Quartet, Coyote Turns, paired with Beethoven’s celebrated Septet in E-flat major, bringing together mysticism and symbolism, as well as playfulness and creative spirit across time and space.

Garfield High School Side-by-Side

Friday, January 5, 2018, at 7pm
Benaroya Hall
200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

The Seattle Symphony partners with the Garfield High School Orchestra at Benaroya Hall for a joint performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture. 2018 Young Artist Phoebe Rawn will perform Hüe's flute fantasy in her Seattle Symphony debut.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side

Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 3pm
Benaroya Hall
200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Witness the joy and power of music as the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra joins the Seattle Symphony in a Side-by-Side Concert featuring celebrated romantic music by Brahms, Liszt, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot will conduct a Side-by-Side performances of Brahms Tragic Overture and Liszt’s Les preludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3.

Roosevelt High School Side-by-Side

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 7pm
Roosevelt High School Auditorium
1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Seattle Symphony Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard leads his first Side-by-Side Concert with Roosevelt High School in January. You won’t want to miss this powerful performance featuring works by two Russian giants, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

Seattle City Hall Community Concert

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 12 noon
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

The Seattle Symphony goes to City Hall! Experience Ravel’s celebrated Mother Goose Suite in this French-inspired program. The program will also feature 2018 Young Artist, violinist Marley Erickson, playing Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto.

Haller Lake Community Concert

Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 7pm
Ingraham High School Auditorium
1819 N. 135th St., Seattle, WA 98133 

The Seattle Symphony brings French and British music to the Haller Lake neighborhood with Ravel’s celebrated Mother Goose Suite and featuring 2018 Young Artist, bassoonist Kipras Mažeika.

Simple Gifts Community Concert

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7pm
Location TBD

Join us for a culminating celebration concert featuring a world premiere composed in collaboration with Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence Alexandra Gardner and LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in Seattle. 

Thank You!

Thanks to our generous partners, and people like you, the Seattle Symphony is able to share the transformational power of music through Community and Side-by-Side concerts. Not a member of our donor family yet? Join us today!


The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Boeing Company, Citi Community Capital, the Clowes Fund, Inc., the Educational Legacy Fund, KeyBank Foundation, Lagunitas Brewing Company, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, the Merriman Family, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Music4Life, Music Works Northwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, Peach Foundation, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Robert Chinn Foundation, Seattle Pacific University, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Symphony Volunteers, the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Christine and Michel Suignard, Ten Grands Seattle, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, the U.S. Bank Foundation, UW Autism Center, Weill Music Institute, Wells Fargo Foundation, the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, the Wyman Youth Trust, and individual contributions to the Seattle Symphony Annual Fund.

Posted on September 19, 2017