Our Favorite Musical Moments of 2015

The best moments of 2015 were those that brought our community closer together! Here are our top ten musical moments of 2015:

Seeing music transform those around us

This year we saw firsthand that when people in difficult circumstances are actively involved in a performance, they cease being “homeless” or “offenders”— they’re simply people who love music. Watch how an hour of chamber music can inspire others with this moving video from the Seattle Times about our performance at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.

Sharing the stage with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and members of Mad Season

Honoring Seattle’s music heritage is what Sonic Evolution is all about. Hear the personal story from Ludovic Morlot and Mike McCready in this Evening Magazine interview, and relive that amazing night with the new live recording from Monkey Wrench Records. Sales support the Symphony and the Vitalogy Foundation at the same time. Now available on iTunes.

Exploring the magical world of Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Trimpin

In May, we premiered Trimpin’s latest piece: Above, Below, and In Between. Trimpin, who is constantly tinkering with new instruments and experimenting with new sounds, brings a sense of wonder to how he creates his sound installations and musical compositions.

That time Taylor Swift donated $50,000 after hearing “Become Ocean” by composer John Luther Adams

Adams’ mesmerizing masterpiece captured Swift’s imagination, prompting her to make a generous gift to support the Symphony’s education programs and our musicians. Here’s our shout out to the country music star to thank her for her gift.

Getting the news that we were nominated for three Grammy Awards

Recording the complete works of composer Henri Dutilleux is an exciting endeavor. The nominations, all for the second installment in the all-Dutilleux series on the Seattle Symphony Media label, include Best Orchestral Performance, Best Classical Instrumental Solo by Augustin Hadelich and Best Engineered Performance by our audio genius, Dmitriy Lipay

When the mothers of the Lullaby Project brought us to tears

The Lullaby Project is an intensive community outreach project in which mothers in challenging circumstances come together with specialized Seattle Symphony teaching artists and musicians to write, record and perform lullabies for their children. The project has been a beautiful reminder that music is a powerful way to serve our community.

Singing along to Finlandia during the Sibelius Festival

The Sibelius Festival was a highpoint for many reasons, but we got chills when hundreds of people from local choirs joined the orchestra to sing along to Finlandia. Here’s a short video of the moment, and you can read more about the festival here.

Playing side-by-side with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO)

Playing alongside the next generation of musicians for two straight days was an incredible experience this past February. Their passion for playing music is always contagious. You can read more about the concert from Shaya Lyon of the Live Music Project (LMP).

Enjoying sunshine and film music at Marymoor

We can’t imagine a better way to spend a summer evening than hearing the iconic film music of composer John Williams on a perfect, sunny day in the beautiful natural setting of Marymoor Park.

Being dazzled by virtuosity at our first piano competition

We’re still catching our breath after experiencing the talent of all our contestants this year! Congrats again to winner Kevin Ahfat and all participants for an amazing and inspiring competition.

Over to You

What were your favorite musical moments of 2015 with the Seattle Symphony? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter: @seattlesymphony.

Posted on January 12, 2016