The 2019/2020 Seattle Symphony subscription season at a glance
For many years, I’ve put together a little pocket guide to the Seattle Symphony subscription season for my symphony friends to help them decide which ticket package they want. At some point, we may start subscribing again, but for now, we pick-and-choose individual concerts.
Here’s the at-a-glance season guide for the 2019/2020 season, still with no comments from me because it’s not worth trying to rate every piece to help my friends pick one concert. If you’re my friend and want recommendations, just call. Besides, you can probably preview nearly all of the pieces nowadays (minus the premieres) by searching on YouTube.
- Official brochure. It’s called the “1920 season” because it’s short for “2019/2020”, not because it’s the year 1920.
- Press release
- Season highlights
This is Thomas Dausgaard’s inaugural season as the Seattle Symphony’s music director, taking over from Ludovic Morlot who steps down after eight seasons. Dausgaard had been the symphony’s principal guest conductor since 2014.
|Lotta Wennäkoski: Flounce|
Brahms: Piano Concerto #2
Mahler: Symphony #1
|Wagner: Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser|
Dvořák: Cello Concerto
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)
|Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #4|
Olga Neuwirth: Aello – ballet mécanomorphe²
Mozart: Symphony #41 “Jupiter”
|Takemitsu: Requiem for String Orchestra|
Hartmann: Concerto funèbre
|Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms|
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 “Scottish”
|Berlioz: Three fragments from La damnation de Faust|
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony #2
|Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes|
Angelique Poteat: Cello Concerto¹
Rachmaninov: Symphony #2
|Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy|
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
|Elena Langer: Figaro Gets a Divorce Suite¹|
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor”
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 “Italian”
|Beethoven: Violin Concerto|
Mozart: Minuet in C, K 409
Mozart: Symphony #38 “Prague”
|Albinoni: Sinfonia à cinque|
Locatelli: Concerto grosso, Il pianto d’Arianna
Scarlatti: Concerto grosso in F minor
Valentini: Concerto in a minor
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto L’amato bene
Dall’Abaco: Concerto Op 6 No 12
|Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite #1|
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto #1
Nielsen: Symphony #1
|Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture|
Weinberg: Violin Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony #8
|Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos in E♭|
Ryan Wigglesworth: Mozart Variations²
Haydn: Symphony #103 “Drumroll”
|J.C.Bach: Symphony in D major|
Telemann: Viola Concerto
CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor (orig. violin)
J.S. Bach: Opening Chorus and Jesus bleibet
meine Freude from Cantata #147
J.S. Bach: Cantata #134
|Prokofiev: Classical Symphony|
Price: Violin Concerto #2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
|03/19||R. Strauss: Salome|
|Gershwin: Concerto in F|
Gershwin: Second Rhapsody
Gershwin: An American in Paris
|John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine|
John Adams: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?
John Adams: City Noir
|Daniel Kidane: “Dream Song”²|
Hanna Lash: Double Harp Concerto¹
|04/30||Haydn: The Creation|
|Muffat: Sonata #1, Armonico tributo|
Rebel: Les élémens
Handel: Organ Concerto in F major
J.S. Bach: Vor deinem Thron tret’ ich, “Deathbed Chorale”
CPE Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D major
|05/22||Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto #3|
|Angelique Poteat: New Work for Youth Chorus & Orchestra¹|
Beethoven: Symphony #1
Beethoven: Symphony #3 “Eroica”
|Tyshawn Sorey: New Work for Cello & Orchestra¹|
Beethoven: Symphony #2
Beethoven: Symphony #7
|Janice Giteck: Potlatch Symphony 2020¹|
Beethoven: Symphony #8
Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral”
|Charles Corey: New Work¹|
Beethoven: Symphony #4
Beethoven: Symphony #5
|Beethoven: Choral Fantasy|
Beethoven: Symphony #9 “Choral”
¹ World Premiere
² U.S. Premiere
Update: Concerts in gray were cancelled due to the 2019/2020 coronavirus pandemic.
Insider tip: Click a column header to focus on a specific series. (This feature has been around for several years, actually.)
|22||Masterworks 22-concert series (Choice of Thursdays or Saturdays)|
|13||Masterworks 13-concert series (Choice of Thursdays or Saturdays)|
|7A||Masterworks 7-concert series A (Thursdays)|
|7B||Masterworks 7-concert series B (Saturdays)|
|8C||Masterworks 8-concert series C (Thursdays)|
|8D||Masterworks 8-concert series D (Saturdays)|
|7E||Masterworks 7-concert series E (Thursdays)|
|7F||Masterworks 7-concert series F (Saturdays)|
|8G||Masterworks 8-concert series G (Sunday afternoons)|
|5A||Masterworks 5-concert series A (Friday afternoons)|
|SU||Untuxed (Fridays, reduced program)|
|BW||Baroque and Wine (Choice of Fridays or Saturdays)|
For those not familiar with the Seattle Symphony ticket package line-ups: Most of the ticket packages are named Masterworks nX where n is the number of concerts in the package, and the letter indicates the variation. Ticket packages have been combined if they are identical save for the day of the week. For example, 8C and 8D are the same concerts; the only difference is that 8C is for Thursday nights, while 8D is for Saturday nights. For some reason, they renamed the 5H series to 5A this year.
Notes and changes:
- The 7[AB], 8[CD], and 7[EF] concert series do not overlap, so you can create your own pseudo-series by taking any two of them, or recreate the 22-concert series by taking all three.
- The 13-concert series is the same as the 8[CD] and 7[EF] series combined, minus the Febuary 6 and June 25 concerts.
- Composer John Adams conducts a concert of his works.
- Not included above are other regular series that do not overlap with the Masterworks series: Pops, Recitals, [untitled] (contemporary music), Chamber music, Family Concerts, and Tiny Tots.
- At some point, the Distinguished Artists series was dropped. I failed to note when this happened. I just remembered that there used to be one, and it’s not there any more.
- For the first time in many seasons, there is no overlap between the Baroque and Wine series and the Masterworks series. Technically, this means it wouldn’t be eligible for the chart above, but I keep including them out of habit.
- In June, you can binge the complete symphonies of Beethoven. Because, c’mon, you know you want to.
- There are always one-off concerts scattered through the year. Of special note is a a two-concert Rach Fest covering all four piano concerti.
- The Seattle Symphony Family Connections program is still going. It provides free symphony tickets for up to two children with the purchase of an adult ticket.