The 2021/2022 Seattle Symphony subscription season at a glance

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 2021/2022 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.

Note: Revised for expanded season announced on June 28, 2021.

This is Thomas Dausgaard’s third season as the Seattle Symphony’s music director, although he was unable to take the podium for his second season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Week Program 21 13 7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
8G SU BW PO WL
09/18
2021
Opening Night Gala
Reena Esmail: RE|Member¹
R. Strauss: Don Juan
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919 edition)
                   
09/23
2021
Nathalie Dietterich: aoleian dust
Ives: Three Places in New England
Schumann: Symphony #3 “Rhenish”
                   
10/07
2021
Rossini: Semiramide Overture
Francisco Coll: Violin Concerto²
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
                   
10/14
2021
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Brett Dean: Carlo
Adelia Faizullina: Tatar Folk Song
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
                   
10/22
2021
Handel: Rodrigo (selections)
Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (selections)
Bach: Keyboard Concerto #1
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5
                   
11/04
2021
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony #11 “The Year 1905”
                   
11/11
2021
Simon Steen-Andersen: Piano Concerto²
Brahms: Symphony #1
           
 
 
     
11/18
2021
Hannah Lash: The Peril of Dreams¹
Beach: “Gaelic” Symphony
                   
12/02
2021
Price: Andante cantabile from String Quartet #2
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Joel Thompson: New Work
Barber: Symphony #1
                   
12/10 Holiday Pops with N’Kenge                    
12/30
2021
Viennese New Year
Mozart, Lehá, J. Strauss
                   
01/06
2022
John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
John Adams: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?
John Adams: City Noir
                   
01/13
2022
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Traditional Venetian Gondolier Songs
                   
01/21 Aretha: A Tribute                    
01/27 Kishi Bashi: Improvisations on EO9066                    
02/03
2022
Ellen Reid: New Work¹
Stenhammar: Piano Concerto #2
Sibelius: Symphony #1
           
 
 
 
     
02/10
2022
Walker: Lyric for Strings
Walker: Folksongs for Orchestra
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
                 
02/18
2022
España!
Bizet, Ponce, and Albéniz with Troupe Vertigo
                   
03/03
2022
Adolphus Hailstork: Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed
Bartók: Piano Concerto #2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade
Dvořák: Symphony #9 “From the New World”
                   
03/11
2022
Sammartini: Concerto grosso in A major
Bach: Viola Concerto
Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor, “Madrilesco”
Locatelli: Sinfonia funebre
Corelli: Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 4
                   
03/17
2022
Still: Poem for Orchestra
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
                   
03/31
2022
R. Strauss: Burleske
Mahler: Symphony #6
                   
03/20
2022
Celebrate Asia
Toshio Hosokawa: Meditation
Tan Dun: Trombone Concerto²
Reena Esmail: Violin Concerto¹
                   
04/07
2022
Angélica Negrón: New Work¹
Sibelius: Violin Concerto (original version)
Sibelius: Symphony #2
           
 
 
 
     
04/15 Count Basie Orchestra                    
04/21
2022
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
                   
04/28
2022
Stravinsky: Funeral Song
Brahms: German Requiem
                   
05/06
2022
The Vinyl Years: A Classic Rock Songbook
Symphonic renditions of classic rock favorites
                   
05/20
2022
Muffat: Sonata #1 Armonico tributo
Purcell: An Imaginary Suite (arr. Anthony Romaniuk)
Handel: Organ Concerto in F major
Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata #106
Bach: Harpsichord Concerto #6
                   
06/02
2022
Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles…
(“From the Canyons to the Stars”)
                   
06/09
2022
Gerschwin: Concerto in F
Gerschwin: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Gerschwin: An American in Paris
                   
06/16
2022
Berio: Requies
Puccini: I criseantemi (“Chrysanthemums”)
Verdi: Requiem
                   
06/24 Pride Pops with the Seattle Men’s Chorus                    
Week Program 21 13 7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
8G SU BW PO WL

¹ World Premiere
² U.S. Premiere

Insider tip: Click a column header to focus on a specific series. (This feature has been around for several years, actually.)

Legend:

21 Masterworks 21-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)
7C Masterworks 7-concert series C (Thursdays)
7D Masterworks 7-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)
SU Untuxed (Fridays, reduced program)
BW Baroque & Wine (Choice of Fridays or Saturdays)
PO Pops (Choice of Friday, Saturdays, or Sundays)
WL Watch and Listen (streaming)

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, 7C and 7D are the same concerts; the only difference is that 7C is for Thursday nights, while 7D is for Saturday nights.

Notes and changes:

  • The entire 2020–2021 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Replacement concerts were held with no audience in the hall and programs compatible with physically-distanced performers. The replacement concerts were streamed live to all subscribers regardless of ticket package. Details are on the 2020/2021 page.
  • Live streaming continues for the 2021-2022 season in the form of a new series named Watch and Listen. It includes 13 regular-season Masterworks concerts, plus seven additional concerts from other series. The Watch and Listen series is complimentary for donors at the Friends level or higher. (Technically, you can also buy the series without a membership, but it costs the same, so you may as well get the membership.)
  • Only the Opening Night Gala and the Masterworks and Untuxed series were included in the original Spring 2021 announcement. In the Summer 2021 update Pops, Baroque & Wine, In Recital, and Chamber returned to the schedule, as well as two new series. One is the Watch and Listen series noted above. The other is Octave 9, which explores the fusion of music and technology. (Octave 9 was originally planned for the cancelled 2020–2021 season.)
  • The 5-concert Friday afternoon Masterworks series has been removed from the schedule.
  • Safety measures have been put into place for live performances.
  • The Masterworks concert line-up has been reduced from 22 to 21 concerts. This reduces the 8C and 8D series to 7C and 7D.
  • The 7[AB], 7[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 21-concert series by taking all three.
  • The 13-concert series is the same as the 7[CD] and 7[EF] series combined, minus the March 3 concert.
  • Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot returns to the podium for the concerts on the weekend of June 2.
  • The web page for the Family Connections program is still up, but I suspect they have suspended it for this season. It provides free symphony tickets for up to two children with the purchase of an adult ticket.
  • Avi Avital’s cancelled Four Seasons concert from the 2020/2021 season has been rescheduled for January 13.
  • Violinist Ray Chen’s recital from the 2020/2021 season was cancelled, but he’ll try again, this time performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on November 4. No relation.
  • Khatia Buniatishvili was the scheduled artist in residence for the cancelled 2020–2021 season, so we never got to see her. This year, Yuja Wang performs in recital. (Still waiting for Alice Sara Ott.)
  • This year begins a two-year cycle of Sibelius symphonies plus the original version of the Violin Concerto.
  • Shouldn’t the February 18 concert be titled ¡España! with the inverted exclamation point?
  • Over the years, the format of the Seattle Symphony official brochure has gradually gotten closer and closer to the format of this pocket guide. This makes my job both easier and arguably superfluous.

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