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Sir András Schiff Beethoven Piano No. 4

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One of the greatest artists of our time, beloved to Seattle audiences for his soulful recitals, returns to make his debut in front of the orchestra. Leading from the keyboard, Sir András Schiff seeks the most honest and personal path through Beethoven’s soul-searching Piano Concerto No. 4. There may be no musician alive who digs deeper to discover the music at hand, as evidenced by his encyclopedic recordings of Beethoven’s concertos and sonatas. When Schiff plays Bach’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3, he draws on a routine that, for more than 50 years, has found him starting each day at the keyboard playing an hour or more of Bach. The Hungarian-born Schiff has always been a leading interpreter of his countryman Bartók; now he ascends from the keyboard to the conductor’s podium for the vibrant Concerto for Orchestra.

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Thursday, 28 February, 2019 7:30PM

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Sunday, 3 March, 2019 2:00PM

Joshua Bell Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

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When Joshua Bell pours his heart through his fingers and into his Stradivarius, every note feels like a private confession from him to you. He applies that poetic touch to the timeless elegance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, an understated masterpiece that demands total transparency and vulnerability from the soloist and orchestra alike. Haydn’s Symphony No. 102, composed for adoring fans in London, stands as a worldly, confident dispatch from a master at his absolute peak. Such pristine works might be daunting companions for most living composers, but the supple lyricism of Hava places Lotta Wennäkoski of Finland within that same class of fine-grained, exacting craft.

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Thursday, 7 March, 2019 7:30PM

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Friday, 8 March, 2019 8:00PM

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Saturday, 9 March, 2019 8:00PM

Bach Mass In B Minor

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When Bach assembled the B-minor Mass in his final years, he crystallized his lifelong mission to express faith through music into one staggering compendium of intellectual and spiritual exaltation. Thunderous fugues and brilliant choruses wrest maximal impact from the combined forces of choir and orchestra, while focused solos for voices and their instrumental companions rival any opera in terms of tenderness and dramatic presence. The Mass is not a singular object; it is a synthesis of Bach’s music going back 35 years, built upon techniques and trends developed over centuries. The B-minor Mass is a pillar of human achievement on par with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling or Shakespeare’s collection of plays, and to witness it live is quite simply an essential life experience.

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Thursday, 14 March, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 16 March, 2019 8:00PM

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Sunday, 17 March, 2019 2:00PM

Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

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Bach brings the best out of all musicians — especially the brilliant minds featured on this program. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 honors Bach through structural patterns and telltale themes, resulting in a stunningly clear and refined swan song from the 20th century’s greatest symphonist. Conductor Leopold Stokowski had a special affection for Bach, and his lush symphonic arrangement of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor radiates the full power of this iconic organ composition. John Harbison, a giant among living American composers, has long cited Bach as a primary influence. His other great love is jazz and the American songbook tradition, which contributes to the consistent warmth and humanity of his writing. His Bach-inspired symphony features the spectacular Watjen Concert Organ, the envy of every concert hall in the world.

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Thursday, 21 March, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 23 March, 2019 8:00PM

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

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“When Dausgaard conducts,” says The Seattle Times, “you can almost see the electric charge between him and the players, the eye contact and the mutual awareness of every gesture.” The Seattle Symphony’s Music Director Designate brings two imaginative works composed in his native Denmark. The prelude to Langgaard’s subversive opera Antichrist stokes the wicked humor of the Jazz age, while Nielsen’s Second Symphony paints revealing portraits of human temperaments. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson brings out every nuance of a transformative score steeped in young Brahms’ devotion to Beethoven and his affection for Clara Schumann.

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Thursday, 4 April, 2019 7:30PM

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Saturday, 6 April, 2019 8:00PM

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Sunday, 7 April, 2019 2:00PM

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