Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

One of the most popular composers of all time takes center stage as the orchestra performs Beethoven’s bold and playful Symphony No. 1. Since being named the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year at 17, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has rocketed to the upper echelons of classical music. Like his heroes Jacqueline du Pré and Bob Marley, Kanneh-Mason has a special gift for crossing musical barriers and social divisions with his magnetic artistry. See this artistry at work as he takes on Tchaikovsky’s beloved Rococo Variations.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 18 Oct (Thu) 2018 7:30PM
  • 20 Oct (Sat) 2018 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 25 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ruth Reinhardt


Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Ruth Reinhardt began studying violin at an early age and sang in the children's chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater, Saarbrücken's opera company.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason


Only eighteen years old, Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s international career is developing very quickly and is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





Robert Schumann

Manfred Overture

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Rococo Variations

Kaija Saariaho

Ciel d'hiver

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21


Sheku Kanneh-Mason's performances are generously underwritten by Grant and Dorrit Saviers through the Seattle Symphony's Guest Artists Circle.