Mayor Jenny Durkan Issues Proclamation for Benaroya Hall Day

Photo of Benaroya Hall: Alex Studio

The proclamation declares October 10, 2018 as Benaroya Hall Day in recognition of the Hall’s contributions to Seattle arts and culture over the last 20 years.

By Shiva Shafii

Today Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proclaimed October 10, 2018 as Benaroya Hall Day in honor of the Hall’s remarkable contributions to the culture of Seattle over the last 20 years. Serving as a landmark for tourists and locals alike, Benaroya Hall signifies the strength and depth of Seattle’s cultural institutions.

Home to the Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall opened its doors in 1998. Located on an entire city block in downtown Seattle, the Hall has been instrumental in propelling the orchestra to reach new heights, becoming a cultural landmark of the city.

Since its opening, the orchestra has doubled its concert programming, providing dynamic and inventive concerts each season and reaching over 65,000 children and adults each year through extensive education and community engagement programs.

Benaroya Hall’s state-of-the-art in-house recording studio and acoustically superb performance space enabled the orchestra to launch Seattle Symphony Media in 2014, bringing the name Benaroya Hall and Seattle Symphony to international acclaim.

Building on Benaroya Hall’s legacy, the Seattle Symphony unveiled plans earlier in June for Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center, slated to open in early 2019. The one-of-a-kind venue will open new opportunities for cross-genre collaborations and allow the Symphony to continue to boldly push boundaries and engage new audiences in its home at Benaroya Hall. Programming for Octave 9 will be announced in November.

The Seattle Symphony celebrated its home in a luncheon today with members of the community who helped make Benaroya Hall a reality.

The full text of Benaroya Hall’s recognition is as follows:


WHEREAS, for the past 20 years, Benaroya Hall has served as the home of the renowned Seattle Symphony, and provides an outstanding venue for countless incredible performances that speak to the depth and strength of our City’s cultural institutions; and

WHEREAS, Benaroya Hall, occupying an entire City block, has been critical in reimagining and revitalizing downtown Seattle, and has served as a landmark for tourists and locals alike; and

WHEREAS, Benaroya Hall is one of the finest modern concert halls in the world and one of the busiest performing arts centers in the region, hosting over 400 events that draw over 430,000 people to downtown each year; and

WHEREAS, the Benaroya gift of $15 million galvanized the community and launched a successful fundraising campaign that set records for an arts organization at the time; and

WHEREAS, the opening of Benaroya Hall in 1998 propelled the Seattle Symphony forward in artistic excellence and international recognition as evidenced by its three Grammy Awards and most recently by the 2018 Gramophone Orchestra Of the Year Award; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle prides itself on the health of our international relationships, and Benaroya Hall consistently contributes to these partnerships by featuring talented and singular artists from around the world, and

WHEREAS in 2019, the Seattle Symphony will open a third performance space in Benaroya Hall, Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center, which will bring together music and technology in an immersive space that will benefit the community; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle is proud that such an extraordinary institution calls Seattle home, and thanks Benaroya Hall for making our City more vibrant and inclusive;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor of Seattle, do hereby proclaim October 10, 2018 to be BENAROYA HALL DAY.

Posted on October 10, 2018