The 2013/2014 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.
In the years that have passed since I started doing this,
nearly all of the members of the group have started families,
and we tried things like splitting tickets,
but even that became difficult to maintain,
and last year, we ended up not ordering any tickets at all.
(Well, no tickets for adults.
We did buy tickets to

kids concerts
.)



I compiled the
at-a-glance season guide for the 2013/2014 season anyway,
but I didn’t bother adding my comments since we know we’re
not ordering any tickets.
Moreover, the Seattle Symphony created online playlists
where you can listen to the pieces in the upcoming season,
so you can decide for yourself whether you like them or not!



Here is

the official brochure
for those who want to read the details,
and you can see

what The Seattle Times thinks of it
.
To access the playlists, go to

www.naxos­music­library.com

and log on with userid SymphonySubs with password
20132014.
Once you’ve logged in, click Playlists in the navigation bar
and choose the concerts you want to hear.

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WeekProgram21137A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
7G4AHSSUWG
09/19
2013

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso

Ravel: Concerto for Left Hand in D

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Ravel: Boléro
        
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
10/03
2013

Beethoven: Triple Concerto

Schubert: Symphony #9 in C The Great
          
10/10
2013

Purcell: Suite

Mozart: Piano Concerto #23 in A

Vaughan Williams: Symphony #5
          
10/18
2013

Mozart: Divertimento for String in D

Dittersdorf: Sinf. concertante for Double Bass & Viola

Mozart: Exsultate jubilate K.65

Mozart: Symphony #29
          
10/24
2013

Elgar: Serenade

Haydn: Cello Concerto in C

Mozart: Symphony #37

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
          
11/07
2013

Boulez: Notation

Mahler: Symphony #6
          
11/13
2013

Sibelius: Tapiola

Pascal Dusapin: Violin Concerto

Beethoven: Symphony #6 Pastoral
          
11/21
Verdi: Requiem
          
12/13
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
          
12/20
Handel: Messiah
          
12/23
Christmas carols (Northwest Sinfonia)
          
12/31
2013

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Tchaikovsky/Ellington: Nutcracker excerpts

Williams: Star Wars excerpts

other amusements
          
01/02
2014

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Beethoven: Symphony #9 Choral
        
 

 

 
01/23
2014

Prokofiev: Symphony #1 Classical

Haydn: Piano Concerto in D

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #4

Mozart: Symphony #35 Haffner
          
01/30
2014

John Adams: The Chairman Dances

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto #2

Liszt (arr John Adams): The Black Gondola

Shostakovich: Symphony #9
        
 

 

 

 

 
02/13
2014

Schumann: Cello Concerto

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
          
03/06
2014

R. Strauss: Don Juan

R. Strauss: Burleske

R. Strauss: Divertimento

R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
          
03/13
2014

Dvořák: The Noonday Witch

Bartók: Violin Concerto #2

Mozart: Symphony #38 Prague
          
03/20
2014

Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from The Snow Maiden

Alexander Raskatov: Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 Pathetique
          
03/27
2014

Dvořák: Cello Concerto

Varèse: Déserts

Debussy: La Mer
          
04/03
2014

Haydn: Symphony #100 Military

Orff: Carmina burana
          
04/17
2014

James MacMillan: The Death of Oscar

Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3

Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2
          
04/24
2014

Martinů: Memorial to Lidice

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Dvořák: Symphony #7
          
06/05
2014

Dutilleux: Symphony #2 Le double

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé complete ballet
          
06/12
2014

J. Strauss: Emperor Waltzes

Schoenberg: Piano Concerto

Brahms: Symphony #2
          
06/19
2014

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Stravinsky: Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
        
 

 

 

 
WeekProgram21137A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
7G4AHSSUWG


Legend:
















21Masterworks 21-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)
7CMasterworks 7-concert series C (Thursdays)
7DMasterworks 7-concert series D (Saturdays)
7EMasterworks 7-concert series E (Thursdays)
7FMasterworks 7-concert series F (Saturdays)
7GMasterworks 7-concert series G (Sunday afternoons)
4AMasterworks 4-concert series A (Friday afternoons)
HSHolidays at the Symphony
SUSymphony Untuxed (Fridays, reduced program)
WGWolfGang (Various evenings), see notes below


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 is the number of concerts in the package, and the letter
indicates which 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.



The WolfGang series is available only to members of the

WolfGang club
.
It also includes two concerts not listed above (Opening Night
and Sonic Evolution).



This chart doesn’t include “one-off” concert series such
as the Mainly Mozart or Distinguished Artists series.
A “one-off” series is a concert series which shares no concerts
with any other series.
This year, the

Beyond the Score

multimedia concerts fell into that category.



According to the Seattle Times article,
the new music director has
“always dreamed of spending a whole evening with a composer,”
and he went big this year, with
three concerts consist of multiple works by a single composer.



Symphony trivia:
The audience for the
Sunday afternoon concerts (series 7G) leans toward
what we in the United States euphemistically call
senior citizens.
I find it interesting to see what those sweet old ladies
get put through every year.
For example, this year, they get a performance of
Carmina burana,
which will probably offend half of the audience and
delight the other half.

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