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The Symphony: Shostakovich

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Between Shostakovich’s precocious Symphony No. 1 and the dark, valedictory Symphony No. 15 lies a remarkably varied group of works. Some are of great length and ambition, others are more intimate. These symphonies are often regarded as autobiographical, reflecting the composer’s reactions to the tumultuous and often harrowing times in which he lived. Together in this conversation with University of Washington Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry Starr, we’ll go beyond musical autobiography, to examine broad aspects of 20th-century life and history that left their mark on the music, and that still resonate in the complex and challenging world of today.

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Friday, 8 March, 2019 5:30PM

Brooklyn to Ballard

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"The New York-based [Derek] Bermel is an eclectic with wide-open ears.” – Toronto Star

From the boroughs of New York to the neighborhoods of Seattle, the influences of jazz have inspired composers across the United States. Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence and clarinetist Derek Bermel curates an evening of performances featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods, pianist Ethan Iverson and Seattle Symphony musicians.

BERNSTEIN: Sonata for clarinet & piano
JOHNSON: Carolina Shout
WILLIAMS: Little Joe from Chicago 
ETHAN IVERSON: I’d love a Rag
WILLIAM BOLCOM: Cantabile
STEPHEN NEWBY:  New Work (World Premiere)
ETHAN IVERSON: Nocturne
DEREK BERMEL:  SchiZm
DEREK BERMEL: Coming Together
PAQUITO D'RIVERA:  La Fleur de Cayenne
ELLINGTON: The Mooche
ALLEN: For John Malachi
DEREK BERMEL: Soul Garden

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Sunday, 10 March, 2019 6:00PM

In the Spotlight: John Harbison

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Engage in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison who will read selections from his new book, What Do We Make of Bach? The book offers an extended commentary on his new work being performed by the Seattle Symphony, and explores Bach’s profound significance on Harbison as a composer. In addition to select readings, Harbison and guests will perform in this insightful exploration of one of classical music’s most enduring influences.

John Harbison, piano, composer & author

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Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 7:30PM

Contemporary Music Marathon

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Immerse yourself in a nonstop multi-disciplinary showcase with music from over 50 living composers across the span of 24 hours. Each hour includes unique experiences co-curated by a wide array of musicians, composers and experimental artists.

Marathon passes include all three acts; or purchase each act individually.

PURCHASE MARATHON PASS

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Saturday, 23 March, 2019 5:00PM

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Sunday, 24 March, 2019 12:00AM

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Sunday, 24 March, 2019 8:00AM

In the Spotlight: Trimpin, Stiefel & Hausmann

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Seattle Symphony musicians bring the works of three Seattle-based composers to life. Former Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence and a master sound sculpture, composer and MacArthur “Genius,” Trimpin is most known for creating sound installations at intersection of music and visual art. His diverse influences come together in his work Solo Flute, Eight Pottery Wheels and Assorted Vinyls. Andrew Stiefel’s Five Ways to Listen to a Mockingbird transforms the mockingbird's stolen song into a series of meditations on our changing cities and landscapes. To conclude the evening, you’ll experience two lush and charming duos by Seattle Symphony Associate Principal Oboe Ben Hausmann.

Featuring Seattle Symphony musicians and guests

TRIMPIN: Solo Flute, Eight Pottery Wheels and Assorted Vinyls  
ANDREW STIEFEL: Five Ways to Listen to a Mockingbird
BEN HAUSMANN: Sonnet for Eternal Loveliness and To Angelic Friendship Here and Now

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Tuesday, 2 April, 2019 7:30PM

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