Beethoven, P.D.Q. Bach, and Jonathan

Beethoven’s fifth symphony is one of the most famous pieces in all of the orchestral repertoire and the Seattle Symphony be performing it this week on Thursday and Saturday.

Trying to find a unique perspective on this piece for those who know and love it, and those who are new to it, is a challenge – but thanks to the internet we can tackle this!

Check-out P.D.Q. Bach’s entertaining take on the iconic first movement as if it had play-by-play announcers like for a sporting event.

And Jonathan’s interpretation of the 4th movement has been internet gold since it was posted more than four years ago with over 8.5 million views so far!


Hear Our 4,490-pipe Watjen Concert Organ in Recital for FREE!

This season join Joseph Adam, Seattle Symphony Resident Organist, for FREE recital–demonstrations of the Seattle Symphony’s 4,490-pipe Watjen Concert Organ. Performances take place on select Mondays at 12:30pm; the programs last approximately 30 minutes and can be incorporated into a building tour (learn more about free tours of Benaroya Hall here). Dates and programs are listed below — see you there!

November 17, 2014: Roman Festivals — Bossi, Respighi & Frescobaldi
January 12, 2015: American Organ — Dudley Buck, William Bolcom & William Albright
March 23, 2015: Down the Rhine — Schumann & Brahms
June 1, 2015: Modern Masterpieces — Vasks, Ligeti, Hakim & Messiaen
August 3, 2015: Bach & Beyond — Music written in homage to Bach


(c) Lara Swimmer

Hello from Augustin Hadelich!

We’re really happy to have Augustin Hadelich back in Seattle!

Last week he was here as soloist during our recording sessions for the Dutilleux violin concerto, L’arbre des songes (The tree of dreams). This week you can hear him perform another violin concerto, one of the all-time most famous violin concertos, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor!

 Check it out on November 13, 15 &16.