Music has returned to Benaroya Hall! Since Benaroya Hall’s doors closed to concerts 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.
Since then, Symphony has brought a virtual season to online audiences, including new installments of education program “Meet the Instrument” for Piano and Viola, Family Concerts, the first-ever drive-in concert broadcast at Marymoor Park, and many featured special performances.
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Seattle Symphony 2021-2022 season
Live music launches Seattle Symphony’s new season with a unique and elevated opening night gala experience that includes small, specially curated performances before the main event on the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium stage. Music Director Thomas Dausgaard leads the orchestra in a dazzling world premiere by Composer in Residence Reena Esmail, paired perfectly with Stravinsky’s dramatic and immensely popular Firebird Suite. This black-tie event celebrates the Seattle Symphony’s commitment to arts and culture in our community and directly supports the Symphony’s artistic, educational and community programming.
Seattle Symphony’s top priority remains the health and safety of our patrons, staff and musicians with a comprehensive set of safety measures for the return of in-person performances at Benaroya Hall, including air filtration, socially distanced seating, and low-touch concert experiences.
2021 Free Opening Weekend Concert
Join Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony for a FREE Opening Weekend Concert at Benaroya Hall. Experience performance highlights from the Opening Night Gala throughout the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, followed by a mainstage event with the full orchestra, where it will share a sampling of the 2021/2022 season, including works by R. Strauss, Walker and Beach. Also, relive the excitement of Composer in Residence Reena Esmail’s Re|Member, which will premiere Opening Night.
Plus, get the story behind this season’s return to live music as Music Director Thomas Dausgaard talks about the exciting music and artists that await you this season in a special post-performance Ask the Artist event.
The Seattle Symphony requires all visitors to Benaroya Hall provide proof of vaccination (or proof of negative COVID-19 test) and wear masks inside the venue regardless of vaccination status. Visit seattlesymphony.org/safety for more information on our safety measures.
- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021, 12:30 PM. Free Opening Weekend Concert. Tickets available starting September 1. More info: Free Opening Weekend Concert | Seattle Symphony
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.
Seattle Symphony Live! streaming service
Seattle Symphony “reimagined” the 2020–2021 season to bring new performances to audiences. The season featured onstage performances with socially distanced Seattle Symphony musicians and guest artists that were livestreamed for at-home viewing through the Symphony’s new streaming platform.
Now you can connect from your favorite device — PC & laptop, tablet, smartphone or smart TV — and listen to Seattle Symphony performances concerts and performances from the comfort of home.
- To find out what’s available at Seattle Symphony Live, visit: https://live.seattlesymphony.org/
Nancy Wilson of Heart with the Seattle Symphony (re-scheduled to October 30, 2021)
The concert originally planned for July 9, 2021 has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 30, 2021.
This live broadcast of Nancy Wilson of Heart with the Seattle Symphony is presented as part of The Essential Series, the Symphony’s new cross-genre collaboration, curated by Seattle-based composer Andrew Joslyn, featuring voices from the Pacific Northwest.
- Pay-per-view tickets are $30 and include a digital download of Nancy’s new album.
- In-person tickets are $80-$120 and include a digital download of Nancy’s new album.
Tickets can purchased directly from the Seattle Symphony Live platform: Seattle Symphony Live
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.
- To find Tiny Tots performances, visit: https://live.seattlesymphony.org/category/videos/family-community
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.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021