The 2021/2022 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 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.

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
09/23
2021
Nathalie Dietterich: aoleian dust
Ives: Three Places in New England
Schmann: 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
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
             
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
             
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
             
01/27 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
             
03/03
2022
Adolphus Hailstork: Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed
Bartók: Piano Concerto #2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade
             
02/17
2022
Still: Poem for Orchestra
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
             
03/31
2022
R. Strauss: Burleske
Mahler: Symphony #6
             
04/07
2022
Angélica Negrón: New Work¹
Sibelius: Violin Concerto (original version)
Sibelius: Symphony #2
           
 
 
 
04/21
2022
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
             
04/28
2022
Stravinsky: Funeral Song
Brahms: German Requiem
             
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
Verdi: Requiem
             
Week Program 21 13 7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
8G SU

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)

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:

  • Safety measures have been put into place for live performances. For those uncomfortable attending in person, there is also a live streaming subscription. The live streaming subscription also comes complimentary for donors at the Friends level or higher.
  • 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.
  • The 5-concert Friday afternoon Masterworks series, and all of the non-Masterworks series (except for Untuxed) have been removed from the schedule, presumably due to the ongoing pandemic. I suspect they will return after the pandemic is over.
  • 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.
  • This year begins a two-year cycle of Sibelius symphonies plus the original version of the Violin Concerto.
  • 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.
  • The entire 2020–2021 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Replacement concerts were held with no audience physically present and streamed live to all subscribers regardless of ticket package. Details of the replacement concerts are on the 2020/2021 page.

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