The 2019/2020 Seattle Symphony subscription season at a glance

Raymond Chen

Raymond

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.

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.

WeekProgram22137A
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09/19
2019
Lotta Wennäkoski: Flounce
Brahms: Piano Concerto #2
Mahler: Symphony #1
         
09/26
2019
Wagner: Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser
Dvořák: Cello Concerto
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)
         
10/10
2019
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #4
Olga Neuwirth: Aello – ballet mécanomorphe²
Mozart: Symphony #41 “Jupiter”
         
10/17
2019
Takemitsu: Requiem for String Orchestra
Hartmann: Concerto funèbre
Mozart: Requiem
         
10/24
2019
Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 “Scottish”
       
 
 
 
 
10/31
2019
Berlioz: Three fragments from La damnation de Faust
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony #2
         
11/14
2019
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Angelique Poteat: Cello Concerto¹
Rachmaninov: Symphony #2
         
11/21
2019
Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
         
01/09
2020
Elena Langer: Figaro Gets a Divorce Suite¹
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor”
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 “Italian”
         
01/16
2020
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Mozart: Minuet in C, K 409
Mozart: Symphony #38 “Prague”
         
01/24
2020
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
         
01/30
2020
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite #1
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto #1
Nielsen: Symphony #1
         
02/06
2020
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Weinberg: Violin Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony #8
       
 
 
 
 
02/27
2020
Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos in E♭
Ryan Wigglesworth: Mozart Variations²
Haydn: Symphony #103 “Drumroll”
         
03/06
2020
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
         
03/12
2020
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Price: Violin Concerto #2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
       
 
 
 
 
03/19R. Strauss: Salome         
04/04
2020
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Gershwin: Second Rhapsody
Gershwin: An American in Paris
         
04/16
2020
John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
John Adams: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?
John Adams: City Noir
         
04/23
2020
Daniel Kidane: “Dream Song”²
Hanna Lash: Double Harp Concerto¹
Bernstein: Songfest
         
04/30Haydn: The Creation         
05/15
2020
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
         
05/22Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto #3         
06/11
2020
Angelique Poteat: New Work for Youth Chorus & Orchestra¹
Beethoven: Symphony #1
Beethoven: Symphony #3 “Eroica”
         
06/12
2020
Tyshawn Sorey: New Work for Cello & Orchestra¹
Beethoven: Symphony #2
Beethoven: Symphony #7
         
06/18
2020
Janice Giteck: Potlatch Symphony 2020¹
Beethoven: Symphony #8
Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral”
         
06/19
2020
Charles Corey: New Work¹
Beethoven: Symphony #4
Beethoven: Symphony #5
         
06/25
2020
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Beethoven: Symphony #9 “Choral”
       
 
 
 
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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.)

Legend:

22Masterworks 22-concert series (Choice of Thursdays or Saturdays)
13Masterworks 13-concert series (Choice of Thursdays or Saturdays)
7AMasterworks 7-concert series A (Thursdays)
7BMasterworks 7-concert series B (Saturdays)
8CMasterworks 8-concert series C (Thursdays)
8DMasterworks 8-concert series D (Saturdays)
7EMasterworks 7-concert series E (Thursdays)
7FMasterworks 7-concert series F (Saturdays)
8GMasterworks 8-concert series G (Sunday afternoons)
5AMasterworks 5-concert series A (Friday afternoons)
SUUntuxed (Fridays, reduced program)
BWBaroque 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.

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