Free Streaming This Week: R. Schumann Symphony No. 2, Meet the Violin and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: Strings

Seattle Symphony brings five performances to audiences this week with three rebroadcasts of R. Schumann Symphony No. 2 and two new family-friendly broadcasts introducing the string section

As announced earlier this month, the Seattle Symphony is continuing to share performances that provide strength, comfort and joy through video rebroadcasts and livestreams to support our community as we confront the current global health crisis.

The Seattle Symphony continues weekly rebroadcasts of previously performed concerts with three rebroadcasts of Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 (movements 1, 3 and 4), led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, along with two new family-friendly educational broadcasts: Meet the Instrument: Violin with Seattle Symphony Violin Andy Liang and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: Strings, hosted by Seattle Symphony Horn John Turman

R. Schumann Symphony No. 2 was originally performed in October 2018 at Benaroya Hall, with Music Director Thomas Dausgaard leading the orchestra.

Written during a time of hardship and failing health in the life of the composer, yet filled with uplifting melodies, Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony reminds us that we can overcome challenges with guts and grace — a fitting testimonial as we turn to music for solace during this time of shared uncertainty.

Audiences can stream the performance from YouTube or Facebook during the three regular broadcast times on Thursday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.

This week’s Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots introduce the young and young at heart to the string section.

Meet the Instrument: Violin features Seattle Symphony Violin Andy Liang, who will introduce children and their families to the violin in a fun musical exploration. Curious little ones and their parents can ask questions on Facebook during the livestream on Friday, April 10, at 11am and do a violin-inspired craft from the Symphony’s website after watching. Viewers can tune in on YouTube and Facebook.

Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: Strings builds on what children learned in Meet the Instrument: Violin. Host John Turman (Seattle Symphony Horn) leads young ones in sing-alongs, and members of the orchestra join to showcase how the violin sounds with other instruments in a string quartet performance.

This family-friendly program is modeled after the Symphony’s Tiny Tots Concerts. Families can watch on Saturday, April 11, at 11am on YouTube and Facebook.

This week’s family programming follows previous Meet the Instrument broadcasts where audiences met the tuba and horn, and last week’s premiere of Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots where audiences saw how those instruments work together with a brass quintet.

A selection of Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots videos will be available on-demand on the Seattle Symphony’s YouTube channel.

The Seattle Symphony will continue to organize additional free livestreams and rebroadcasts weekly until the orchestra can return to the Benaroya Hall stage. Programming updates will be shared at

Those interested can also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming Seattle Symphony rebroadcasts and livestreams. Audiences can view performances on YouTube and Facebook.

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 April 9, 2020