The 2006/2007 Seattle Symphony subscription season at a glance

Raymond Chen

Raymond

I put together this little pocket guide to the 2006/2007 Seattle Symphony subscription season for my symphony friends to help them decide which ticket package they wanted. Maybe it’ll help you, too. Maybe not. But since I already put it together, I may as well post it. Explanatory notes follow the table.

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WeekendProgramCommentsMasterpieceListener’s
Choice
EncoreOvationBravoCrescendoApplauseMusically
Speaking
Popular
Classics
AllegroMLEOBCASPGF
09/28/2006Rachmaninov: Third Piano Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony #3 (Eroica)
Excellent
Awesome
           
10/05/2006Copland: Music for the Theatre
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony #1
Okay?
Awesome
Excellent
           
11/02/2006Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm
Harbinson: Double Bass Concerto†
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
Okay?
Nervous?
Excellent
           
11/09/2006Brahms: Hungarian Dances
Bartók: Violin Concerto #2
Stravinsky: Petrouchka
Excellent
Okay?
Polarizing
           
11/16/2006Grieg: Peer Gynt
Williams: Bassoon Concerto
Schumann: Symphony #1 (Spring)
Excellent
Wildcard?
Excellent
           
12/01/2006Weber: Invitation to the Dance
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (excerpts)
Prokofiev: Cinderella (excerpts)
Ravel: La Valse
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Awesome
    ½      
12/28/2006Beethoven: Symphony #9Awesome           
01/04/2007Dvořák: Serenade for Strings
Barber: Cello Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Excellent
Okay?
Good
           
02/01/2007Kernis: Newly Drawn Sky
Kodály: Hary Janos Suite
Brahms: Piano Concerto #2
Nervous?
Good
Awesome
           
02/08/2007Grieg: Piano Concerto
Bruckner: Symphony #9
Awesome
Polarizing
           
02/15/2007Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Pärt: Tabula Rasa
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Sibelius: Symphony #7
Excellent
Polarizing?
Okay?
Good
           
03/03/2007Beethoven: Piano Concerto #2
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #1
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3
Excellent
Awesome
Awesome
    ½      
03/15/2007Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
McKinley: Sympho
ny #7†
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Good
Good
Nervous?
Polarizing
           
03/22/2007Weber: Ruler of the Spirits
Mozart: Violin Concerto #4
Shostakovich: Symphony #10
Good?
Good?
Polarizing
           
04/05/2007Beethoven: Missa SolemnisGood           
04/12/2007Stravinsky: Feu D’artifice
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3
Messiaen: L’Ascension
Debussy: La Mer
Good?
Good
Polarizing?
Excellent
           
04/19/2007Ravel: Ma Mère L’oye (Mother Goose)
Szymanowsky: Symphony #4
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Excellent
Nervous?
Awesome
           
04/29/2007Prokofiev: Symphony #1 (Classical)
Bobby McFerrin Improvisation
Bizet: Symphony in C
Excellent
Excellent?
Good
           
05/31/2007Martinů: Double Concerto
Kurtág: … quasi una fantasia …
Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle
Nervous
Nervous?
Wildcard
           
06/07/2007Janáček: Glagolitic MassNervous?           
06/14/2007Mendelssohn: The Hebrides
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Stock: Symphony #5†
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Good
Excellent
Nervous?
Polarizing
           
06/21/2007Schoenfield: Klezmer Rondo
Poulenc: Gloria
Dvořák: Symphony #8
Wildcard?
Nervous?
Excellent
           
06/27/2007Mahler:Symphony #3Polarizing           
† Premiere
Masterpiece
Listener’s Choice
Encore
Ovation
Bravo
Crescendo
Applause
Musically Speaking
Popular Classics
Allegro
Afternoons with the Symphony

Notes:
This chart doesn’t include “one-off” concert series such as the Visiting Orchestras or Distinguished Artists series.
Two boxes in the Bravo series are marked ½. The Thursday Bravo series includes the Ravel concert, whereas the Saturday Bravo series includes the Beethoven concert.
The comments column very crudely categorizes the works to assist my less-classically-aware friends. This is, of course, a highly subjective rating system, but I tried to view each piece from the ears of somebody new. Thus, I rated downward pieces that I personally like but which others might not. These predictions have, of course, proven wrong in the past. For example, this season, I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of my friends started getting into Kodály after hearing the Dances of Galanta. (I consider Kodály an acquired taste.)

Here’s what the comments mean:

  • Awesome: Guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
  • Excellent: You will definitely like this piece.
  • Good: You will probably like this piece.
  • Okay: You may like this piece.
  • Nervous: I have a bad feeling about this one.
  • Polarizing: Some people will love it; others will hate it.
  • Wildcard: I have no idea what will happen.

A question mark means that I am not familiar with the piece and am basing my evaluation on what I know about the composer (or am just guessing).

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