That’s right: our 10th Anniversary Season in Benaroya Hall gets underway tonight with our Season Preview Concert, followed tomorrow by the Opening Night Concert and Gala — featuring Maestro Schwarz and opera superstars Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey — and capped off Sunday with our Day of Music and Art: Block Party, an all-day event with more than 600 artists in and around Benaroya Hall, Seattle Art Museum and The Triple Door.
It’s been an exciting week here at Seattle Symphony — from getting ready for the start of the season to celebrating Gerard Schwarz, who announced this week that he will step down in 2011, after more than 25 years as Music Director.
***The Scoop on the Big Weekend***
Season Preview Concert
Tonight, September 12, at 7pm
This season sampler includes selections from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Holst’s The Planets, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Stravinsky’s The Firebird and more! Plus, get the inside scoop from Maestro Gerard Schwarz on all the exciting music, artists and special events of the season.
Opening Night Concert and Gala
Saturday, September 13, at 8pm
It’s a cavalcade of stars! Maestro Schwarz, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and bass Samuel Ramey, together with Seattle Symphony, present a spectacular program that includes the best of opera and Broadway, including selections from Boito’s Mefistofele — Samuel Ramey’s signature role — and Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Plus, the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein!
Afterward, party hearty in honor of Benaroya Hall’s 10th birthday with Theresa Carnovale and City Life in the Grand Lobby.
Day of Music and Art: Block Party
Sunday, September 14, 10am–6pm
Plus evening performances at The Triple Door
Join Benaroya Hall, Seattle Symphony, Soundbridge, Seattle Art Museum and The Triple Door for a full day of activities for the whole family! Six hundred artists will present more than 40 FREE music and dance performances in celebration of Benaroya Hall’s 10th Anniversary. Mention the Block Party and receive free admission to SAM’s world-class Permanent Collection, then visit The Triple Door for food, drink and dancing into the night! Plus, you can visit the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office to purchase tickets to 10 select 2008–2009 concerts for $10 each!