Free Video Broadcast of Nielsen’s First Symphony This Weekend

Seattle Symphony continues free video broadcasts and livestreams every Thursday and Saturday throughout March with Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1, March 19 & 21.

Last week, the Seattle Symphony announced it will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort and joy through video rebroadcasts and livestreams throughout the month as our community confronts a current global health crisis.

Rebroadcasts or livestreams will occur every Thursday (7:30 p.m. PDT) and Saturday (8 p.m. PDT) throughout March, and can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook. Programming updates will be shared weekly at

This week’s rebroadcast will be the live performance of Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1 led by his fellow countryman, Seattle Symphony Music Director Thomas Dausgaard. This concert was originally performed on January 30 and February 1, 2020 and was recorded as part of an ongoing cycle of Nielsen’s symphonies for release on Seattle Symphony Media, the orchestra’s in-house record label.

The Nielsen cycle began in 2017 with the Grammy-nominated recording of Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 with Thomas Dausgaard. On June 5, 2020, the orchestra will release the next album of live concert recordings of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2.

“The music of my fellow Dane Carl Nielsen is so very close to my heart,” shares Music Director Thomas Dausgaard. “I’ve known Nielsen’s music from as early as I can remember, with the fondest memories from my grandmother who knew him. I hope you find comfort as we share this performance with you, even if we can’t gather together at Benaroya Hall.”

The Seattle Symphony kicked off broadcasts on Thursday and Saturday last week with Mahler Symphony No. 1, led by Thomas Dausgaard in a concert originally performed on September 19, 2019. The concert streams received over 130,000 views from around the world, and inspired many audience members across the country to support the Symphony with a gift.

The Seattle Symphony will continue to organize additional free livestreams and rebroadcasts until the orchestra can return to the Benaroya Hall stage. Programming updates will be shared weekly at Those interested can also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming Seattle Symphony rebroadcasts and livestreams.

Inspired by the orchestra’s dedication to serving the community, Seattle Symphony Board member Stephen Whyte has generously pledged to match all donations, dollar-for-dollar throughout Benaroya Hall’s closure.

“As a nonprofit organization, the cancellation of concerts will have a significant financial impact on the Symphony due to unrecoverable losses in ticket sales,” shared René Ancinas, Board Chair of the Seattle Symphony, last week. “And even amidst uncertain times, it’s inspiring to see our orchestra unleash the power of music, bring us together and lift our spirits.”

Your support today is more important than ever. As a nonprofit arts organization, the Seattle Symphony relies on support from the community. Please consider the role music plays in your life and support your Symphony with a gift of any amount today.


Posted on March 18, 2020