Free Streaming This Week: Meet the Tuba and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8

Seattle Symphony adds kids’ program to free streaming with Meet the Tuba on March 27 and offers three opportunities to tune in for Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.

In response to requests from families and retirement communities, the Seattle Symphony expanded its online broadcast offerings to include a new program for children and a Sunday matinee concert, making the Symphony’s music accessible to more people.

This week the Seattle Symphony will stream Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Thomas Dausgaard and a new educational program, Meet the Tuba with Principal Tuba John DiCesare.

Meet the Tuba features Seattle Symphony Principal Tuba John DiCesare in a fun exploration of the orchestra’s largest brass instrument. This kid-friendly program is geared toward families with young children at home during this period of school closures.

DiCesare was originally set to perform in First Concerts: Meet the Tuba at Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center on March 14 before the concert was canceled. Like many Seattle Symphony musicians who feel a strong desire to continue sharing music in any way they can, DiCesare volunteered to bring the performance directly to our youngest audiences online.

“I was very sad that we had to cancel Meet the Tuba at Benaroya Hall,” shares DiCesare, “and I wanted to give the kids an opportunity to learn about it. Hopefully this video makes people smile when they need it the most.”

Meet the Tuba will air on Friday, March 27, at 11am PDT on YouTube and Facebook.

The Symphony also continues streams of past concerts with three broadcasts of Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 conducted by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard from the orchestra’s performance on Thursday, February 6.

In response to requests from viewers on the East Coast and those locally who can’t watch in the evening, including retirement communities and parents with young children, the broadcast schedule was expanded to include a Sunday matinee stream on March 29, at 2pm PDT in addition to evening streams on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 28, at 8pm. Audiences can watch performances at the scheduled times on YouTube and Facebook.

Programming updates are shared weekly at Those interested can also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming Seattle Symphony rebroadcasts and livestreams.

Earlier this month, the Seattle Symphony announced it will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort and joy through video rebroadcasts and livestreams to support our community as we confront the current global health crisis. This week’s streams follow rebroadcasts of Mahler Symphony No. 1 and Nielsen Symphony No. 1 in previous weeks.

The Seattle Symphony looks forward to welcoming audiences back to Benaroya Hall again very soon and wishes everyone health and comfort in the coming weeks.

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Posted on March 25, 2020