Benaroya Hall is the home of the Seattle Symphony. Located between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, and Union and University Streets, it is situated in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant and exciting downtown.
Designed by Mark Reddington of LMN Architects and acoustician Cyril Harris, the hall was completed and opened in 1998. The orchestra had dreamed of its own hall for many years. The Opera House, where we formerly played, was built as a “multi-purpose” hall. Its acoustics were not optimal for symphonic music – the orchestra was much better than anyone could actually hear in the Opera House!
Although various plans and campaigns to build a concert hall specifically for the Seattle Symphony were started across the years, it was not until 1993, when Jack and Becky Benaroya came forward with a $15 million donation from the Benaroya Foundation, that the dream became a reality. Five very intense years of planning and building ensued, and the musicians were graciously included in every step of the way, from planning backstage warm up areas, to the music library, the upholstery on the seats in the auditorium, and even the carpeting in the Grand Lobby.
While we primarily play in the Taper Auditorium, which seats about 2500, Benaroya Hall also contains the 540 seat Nordstrom Recital Hall, which provides a much-needed medium-sized venue for the city. Other features of the hall include the magnificent Watjen Concert Organ; Soundbridge, our education center; the Grand Lobby; the Boeing Gallery, complete with Dale Chihuly chandeliers; the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial to veterans; and, since we are in Seattle, not one, but two, of our very own Starbucks.
We believe that our hall is one of the very best in the country - it is beautiful, practical, convenient – and of course, it sounds great. Come hear us soon!