Happy 110th Birthday SSO!

From our Librarian Robert Olivia: At 4pm on December 29th in 1903 the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performed its first mighty concert. Conducted by Harry West the orchestra performed Massenet’s Overture to Phedre, Bruch’s Violin Concerto, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. Happy 110th Birthday SSO!!!

Upcoming Events

Apr
18
10:00PM
2014

Rachmaninov's Second Symphony

Stéphane Denève, conductor Paul Lewis, piano Seattle Symphony James MacMillan: The Death of Oscar Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 Buy Tickets  ....
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Seattle WA 98101
Apr
19
8:00PM
2014

Rachmaninov's Second Symphony

Stéphane Denève, conductor Paul Lewis, piano Seattle Symphony James MacMillan: The Death of Oscar Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 Buy Tickets  ....
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Seattle WA 98101
Apr
24
7:30PM
2014

Brahms' Violin Concerto

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Alexander Velinzon, violin Seattle Symphony Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Buy Tickets  ....
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Seattle WA 98101
Apr
26
8:00PM
2014

Brahms' Violin Concerto

Ludovic Morlot, conductor Alexander Velinzon, violin Seattle Symphony Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Buy Tickets  ....
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Seattle WA 98101
Apr
27
2:00PM
2014

Beyond the Score®: Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

Stilian Kirov, conductor Seattle Symphony Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian” Beyond the Score® is a 3-concert series that pairs the live concert experience with exciting multimedia ....
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Seattle WA 98101
May
3
7:30PM
2014

The Tales of Hoffmann

By Jacques Offenbach One of the most talked-about productions in Seattle Opera history returns to McCaw Hall for a glorious season finale. An endlessly inventive poet regales his drinking buddies ....
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle WA 98109
May
4
2:00PM
2014

The Tales of Hoffmann

By Jacques Offenbach One of the most talked-about productions in Seattle Opera history returns to McCaw Hall for a glorious season finale. An endlessly inventive poet regales his drinking buddies ....
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle WA 98109
May
6
7:30PM EDT
2014

Spring For Music

Ludovic Morlot, music director John Luther Adams: Become Ocean (NY Premiere) Edgar Varèse: Déserts Claude Debussy: La Mer Buy Tickets  ....
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York NY 10019

News

Thomas Dausgaard Appointed Seattle Symphony Principal Guest Conductor

The Seattle Symphony announced today that Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard has been appointed the   more...
Thomas Dausgaard Appointed Seattle Symphony Principal Guest Conductor

Seattle Symphony And Opera Players’ Organization Approves New Contracts

The musicians of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization (SSOPO) have ratified new   more...
Seattle Symphony And Opera Players’ Organization Approves New Contracts

SSOPO Reaches Tentative Agreement With Symphony And Opera Management

The Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization (SSOPO) today announced that a tentative   more...
SSOPO Reaches Tentative Agreement With Symphony And Opera Management

Musician Posts

Seattle's Creativity Supports Travis Gore And Feeds On Majesty

I've had the great pleasure of being asked to say a few words about my project " Feeds on Majesty ". First   more...
Seattle's Creativity Supports Travis Gore And Feeds On Majesty

Harmony For Heroes

I began Harmony for Heroes in March 2013. My son is an active-duty Marine (Combat Engineer). So, from our   more...
Harmony For Heroes

SSOPO Bayview Manor Outreach Concert Supports Seattle Music Partners

On Monday January 28th, Roberta Hanson Downey, cellist, Nellie Crane, violist, Allison Kanter Farkas,   more...
SSOPO Bayview Manor Outreach Concert Supports Seattle Music Partners

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The photo of me sitting in the middle of the stream is from 2005 shortly after Ko-ichiro won the principal trombone job here.  I love to practice outside and took him to my favorite river-side practice room up at the Snoqualmie-Hyack exit.
The picture of me in front of the lake holding my tuba is from when I was in Matsumoto, Japan playing for Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra.  I am a member of the orchestra and have been playing with them every few Summers since 2004.  I rented this tiny little Japanese car for the day and drove into the surrounding mountains to sight-see and find a place to practice.  In the city where the festival is held it is EXTREMELY difficult to find a place to practice with a large instrument without disturbing a lot of people.
One of my favorite hobbies is train-watching, so when the City of Leavenworth built an Amtrak passenger depot it was an obvious choice for a secluded place to practice that wouldn't get me arrested for disturbing the peace.
Finally, my wife and I love to visit Leavenworth, WA when we have time off.  Unfortunately, people don't appreciate the beauty of the tuba being played for 3-4 hours on orchestral excerpts...go figure.
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