Photos by Brandon Patoc


On December 5 the Seattle Symphony kicked off the holiday season in festive style with the annual Holiday Musical Salute at the Westin Seattle. Guests enjoyed hot cider, cocoa and mimosas as they checked off their holiday gift lists at a wide variety of local pop-up shops with something for everyone.

Friends visited over a delicious lunch and delighted in a concert of holiday favorites performed by the Seattle Symphony and Northwest Boychoir Apprentices under the direction of the charismatic conductor Stuart Chafetz. Guests even joined in the musical merriment with a surprise sing-along!

Holiday Musical Salute benefits the Seattle Symphony’s contribution to the Players’ Pension Plan, supporting a bright future for the musicians, and this year’s event raised over $200,000.

Thank you to the many table hosts, sponsors, attendees, donors and pop-up shop vendors for making this year’s event such a success. The musicians are at the heart of everything we do, and your support is incredibly meaningful to each and every member of the orchestra. Special thanks also to the Holiday Musical Salute Co-Chairs, Michelle Codd and Symphony Board member Rebecca Ebsworth, and to the entire event committee for their leadership and dedication.

PHOTOS: 1 Conductor Stuart Chafetz 2 Elizabeth Roberts with Holiday Musical Salute Co-Chairs Michelle Codd and Rebecca Ebsworth 3 Symphony musicians Eric Jacobs and Valerie Muzzolini Gordon with Board member Terry Hecker 4 Stacy Lill, Amy Weyler, Heather McAdam, Dana Frank and Krista Grinstein 5 Senator Daniel J. Evans 6 Northwest Boychoir Apprentices 7 Board Chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly

Originally published in the February 2018 Encore concert program.

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