The Seattle Symphony mission is to bring people together and lift the human spirit through music. The Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label. The orchestra performs in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and reaches over 500,000 people annually through live performances and radio broadcasts.
Benaroya Hall occupies one city block and houses three acoustically superb performance spaces. Home of the Seattle Symphony, Benaroya hosts many other shows that inspire connections to our city through music and performances arts. Docent-led tours of Benaroya Hall are free and open to the public. Tours are offered on a bi-monthly basis throughout the year. More info: Tours | Benaroya Hall
About Seattle Symphony
Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives, and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label. With a strong commitment to new music and a legacy of over 150 recordings, the orchestra has garnered five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards, and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year.
Since its first performance on December 29, 1903, the Seattle Symphony has held a unique place in the world of symphonic music. In 1998 the Seattle Symphony inaugurated its new home, Benaroya Hall, noted for its architectural and acoustical splendor. Three years later, the orchestra opened Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center, where people of all ages explored the world of symphonic music. In 2019 the orchestra renovated and reopened the space as Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center, an immersive environment for inventive performances, education opportunities and community engagement.
Today, the Symphony performs in Benaroya Hall in the heart of downtown Seattle from September through July, reaching over 500,000 people annually through live performances and radio broadcasts.
- Location: Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101
- More info: https://www.seattlesymphony.org/
Seattle Symphony 2022-2023 season
Seattle Symphony announced its 2022/2023 season, which features a wide range of repertoire across its full series offerings and an exciting lineup of acclaimed guest artists and conductors joining the orchestra from around the world. The upcoming season is one of continued collaboration to bring more inspiring new works and premieres to Benaroya Hall, paired with symphonic favorites and returning popular guest artists.
Seattle Symphony 2022/2023 season opens September 17, 2022. More info: Opening Night Concert | Seattle Symphony
The season offers New Works and Contemporary Voices, including 25 living composers, 5 commissions, 4 world premieres, and 2 U.S. premieres. In addition, due to popular demand, the Octave 9 series will expand with a focus on new works that intermingle music with technology in the Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center—an immersive, intimate space for artists to break new creative ground within the Seattle community.
More information: THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2022/2023 SEASON
Subscribe to the Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony offers more than 200 concerts a year. A variety of subscription packages are available, including the John & Ginny Meisenbach Foundation Pops Series, the Delta Air Lines Masterworks Series, the Untuxed Series, In Recital, Baroque & Wine, Family Concerts, and other series.
A 2021/2022 subscription will come with built-in flexibility. If circumstance arise that impacts in-person attendance, Seattle Symphony will provide options to view performances digitally or will adjust subscription packages.
Subscriber benefits include:
- Save 15% over single ticket prices.
- Access to the best remaining seats for you and your friends during Subscriber Advantage Week.
- Save 10% on recordings and other merchandise at Symphonica, The Symphony Store.
- Priority presale opportunities for added concerts and special events.
- Lock in the best prices for single concert add-ons.
- FREE one-time seating upgrade coupon.
- FREE and easy ticket exchanges. (Upgrade costs may apply.)
- FREE lost ticket replacement.
- One Missed Concert Voucher to redeem after a missed concert.
More info: Subscriptions | Seattle Symphony
Seattle Symphony free Community Concerts
Each season, the Seattle Symphony presents free Community Concerts at Benaroya Hall and throughout the Puget Sound region. These concerts have taken place in a variety of locations, including various neighborhood venues, schools and prisons. Community Concerts aim to increase access to symphonic performances while bringing people together and sparking more connections in and between communities. Concerts feature chamber music, Side-by-Sides with community orchestras and full orchestra performances.
Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. “Ram Tori Maya”. Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence Reena Esmail returns hosts the first Community Concert, which features a Seattle Symphony string quartet sharing the stage with students of Swaranjali School of Music. Reena Esmail is a renowned composer who continues to thrill audiences with exciting new works that often bridge Indian and Western classical music traditions. Swaranjali School of Music is an institution dedicated to the preservation, learning and performance of Hindustani classical music. This program takes audiences on a musical exploration of pieces arranged or composed by Esmail along with a carefully curated selection of popular Indian works. More info: Ram Tori Maya with Composer in Residence Reena Esmail | Seattle Symphony (flexaccelerator.com)
Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Conductor Lee Mills leads the orchestra featuring music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hannah Kendall, Astor Piazzolla, Johannes Brahms and Carlos Simon. The Symphony is especially pleased to welcome the 2022 Young Artist Henry From, who joins the orchestra to perform Brahms’ virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1. The Seattle Symphony Young Artist program invites young instrumentalists to audition for the opportunity to solo in the Symphony’s education, family, or community concert programs. More info: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Free Community Concert | Seattle Symphony (flexaccelerator.com)
All of the Seattle Symphony’s concerts in the community are made possible with support from 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Seattle Symphony donors. More information: Seattle Symphony community concerts
Seattle Symphony Live! streaming service
Seattle Symphony Live offers high-definition streaming video of Seattle Symphony concerts through your internet browser. In addition to watching on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, it is possible to watch on your smart TV or television.
Donate to Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony relies on the generosity of the community to fulfill their mission of lifting the human spirit through the power of music. Philanthropic support is essential to support many symphony programs. Donationsa helpo to ensure a bright future for your Seattle Symphony. Please consider the role music plays in your life and make a gift today. More info: Give | Seattle Symphony.
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Calendar of live music events
The following calendar list includes upcoming live and live stream music events in all genres. We update music events on a rolling basis all year long. We also try to have several free and low cost live music events on the calendar every weekend.
Friday, December 9, 2022
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Friday, December 30, 2022
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Friday, January 6, 2023