Music has returned to Benaroya Hall! Since Benaroya Hall’s doors in the spring of 2020, the orchestra has remained committed to sharing music with the community, presenting free weekly online broadcasts of past concerts and livestreams of new programs, reaching an audience of over 730,000 viewers, including many in Seattle, as well as across the country and around the world.
In July, the Symphony brought its virtual 2019–2020 season to a close with concert selections marking the end of Thomas Dausgaard’s first season as Music Director with the Seattle Symphony, including new installments of education program “Meet the Instrument” for Piano and Viola, and a Family Concert: “The Adventures of Peer Gynt”.
In August, Seattle Symphony announced her plans for the 2020-2021 season. The season opening concert featured special performances and the first-ever drive-in concert broadcast at Marymoor Park on September 19. Best of all, tickets were free!
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Seattle Symphony 2020-2021 season
Seattle Symphony “reimagined” the 2020–2021 season to bring new performances to audiences, all carefully planned in accordance with Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington plan.
Concerts for the 2020-2021 season will feature onstage performances with socially distanced Seattle Symphony musicians and guest artists. All concerts will meet or exceed the safety requirements of Washington State’s phased reopening plan.
Until King County safely reaches Phase 4 (we’re currently in Phase 2), Seattle Symphony performances will not have an in-person audience. The Seattle Symphony looks forward to welcoming audiences back to Benaroya Hall again soon and wishes everyone health and comfort in the coming months.
- Sign up for their free newsletter to receive the latest news and just announced performances: https://seattlesymphony.org/about/enews
In the meantime, concerts will be livestreamed for at-home viewing through the Symphony’s new streaming platform, Seattle Symphony Live! Now you can connect from your favorite device — PC & laptop, tablet, smartphone or smart TV — and listen to concerts and performances from the comfort of home.
Seattle Symphony Live 2020-2021 streaming service
Experience the sights and sounds of live Seattle Symphony performances in high-definition video and high fidelity streaming audio from the comfort of your living room or on the go! Connect to the Seattle Symphony Live platform from your favorite device — PC & laptop, tablet, smartphone or smart TV.
This new streaming service will allow Seattle Symphony us to share new performances and educational programming directly from Benaroya Hall.
Monthly passes to Seattle Symphony Live are just $12.99/month and include a no-commitment 7-day free trial. Select Premium Concerts will be available to at modest prices with generous support from donors. To make a donation, seattlesymphony.org/give.
For more information about Seattle Symphony Live or to set up an account, visit: https://www.seattlesymphony.org/watch-listen/live/how-to-watch
Want to get Seattle Symphony Live for free? Then become a subscriber to the 2020-2021 digital season. For more information, scroll down to “Subscribe to the Seattle Symphony 2020-2021 digital season”.
Seattle Symphony Live Concerts
- Thursday, October 22, at 8pm. Vivaldi The Four Seasons. Antonio Vivaldi’s evergreen classic, The Four Seasons, has been the template for generations of composers who want to express the wonder, mystery, and joy of the changing seasons. Experience this undisputed masterpiece performed in the crisp Seattle autumn, as we await the coming winter, spring and summer seasons in the Pacific Northwest.
- Thursday, October 29, at 7:30pm. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Regularly heralded as one of the most perfect violin concertos ever written — a jewel in the crown of the repertoire. From its moody opening to the high-flying finale, Mendelssohn’s sparkling melodies and heroic bravura will be on full display in the capable hands of Seattle Symphony Concertmaster Noah Geller.
Seattle Symphony Live Premium Concerts
2020–2021 Season Subscribers along with donors at the Supporting Friend level and above ($300+) receive complimentary access to premium concerts on Seattle Symphony Live. Generously supported by Seattle Symphony donors, making the tickets modestly priced on the Seattle Symphony Live streaming service!
- Friday, December 4, at 8pm. Ivan & Alyosha with the Seattle Symphony. Seattle-based indie rock band Ivan & Alyosha, also known as I&A, is led by vocalist Tim Wilson and his songwriting partner Ryan Carbary. Known for their sweet, Beatles-esque pop harmonies and jangly guitar licks, this five-piece group has toured with everyone from Aimee Mann to Brandi Carlile. Now, with a decade of touring and recording under their belts, Ivan & Alyosha continue to hone their creative voice, unafraid to let their sound evolve while staying true to their folk-pop roots. Generously supported by Seattle Symphony donors. Tickets are $20. More info: https://live.seattlesymphony.org/detail/videos/concerts/video/6189603363001
Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots
Modeled after the Symphony’s Tiny Tots concert series, these short performances are full of fun and discovery for the young and young at heart.
Host and Seattle Symphony Horn John Turman guides young viewers through an exploration of the orchestra. Seattle Symphony musicians share their favorite stories, songs and musical games, and unite for an ensemble performance to show how musicians work together.
Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots is available on the Seattle Symphony Live streaming service and received generous support from donors.
- Over 24 performances are now available. More info: https://live.seattlesymphony.org/category/videos/family-community
Subscribe to the Seattle Symphony 2020-2021 digital season
Inspired by new and creative ways to share the power of music with audiences everywhere, Seattle Symphony has launched a brand-new subscription-based streaming service for the 2020–2021 season.
Subscriber benefits include:
- Complimentary access to the new streaming service, Seattle Symphony Live.
- Weekly Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season concerts, premiering each Thursday evening at 7:30pm and available on-demand for 7 days.
- New, locally produced educational concerts, including Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots, Meet the Instrument and Family Concerts, premiering once a month and available on-demand for 7 days.
- Behind-the-scenes interviews with guest artists and Seattle Symphony musicians.
- Pre-concert audio files, available for download, which will help provide a deeper dive into each concert program
For upcoming concerts or to subscribe, visit: https://www.seattlesymphony.org/ConcertTickets/calendar and https://www.seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/subscriptions
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.
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/
Donate to Seattle Symphony
Like most cultural organizations across the country, the Seattle Symphony has not been immune to the financial repercussions of the current public health crisis. They have been able to keep moving forward with their mission to share music with the community due to the generosity of the Symphony’s dedicated supporters, as well as cost-saving measures taken by musicians and staff. Seattle Symphony musicians and staff will operate at reduced salary and work hours for the entirety of the 2020–2021 season. All employees of the Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall will maintain their healthcare benefits throughout this period.
Philanthropic support is essential to ensuring a bright future for your Seattle Symphony when our doors at Benaroya Hall open once more. Learn more and make your gift today!
Inspired by the orchestra’s dedication to serving the community, more than 6,000 people have stepped forward with a donation since the closure of Benaroya Hall. These funds support the Seattle Symphony Future Fund, providing critical resources to ensure a bright future for symphonic music in our community.
- To learn more about how to support the Seattle Symphony or to make a donation, seattlesymphony.org/give.
Thomas Dausgaard, Music Director
Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.
A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including a 2017 Gramophone Award nomination for Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke version), Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award, and a 2019 Best Orchestral Performance Grammy nomination for Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.
An avid champion of contemporary works and the music of his homeland, Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony will release the much-anticipated cycle of symphonies by Carl Nielsen.
Performing internationally with many of the world’s leading orchestras, Dausgaard is also the Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.
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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, January 22, 2021
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Friday, January 29, 2021
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Friday, March 5, 2021