The 2014/2015 Seattle Symphony subscription season at a glance


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. For a few years now, we haven't ordered any tickets at all because we all have young children, but I still make this guide out of some sense of obligation.

So here's the at-a-glance season guide for the 2014/2015 season anyway, again with no comments from me because nobody I know is going to use them to decide which tickets to order. Besides, you can probably preview nearly all of the pieces nowadays (minus the premieres) by searching on YouTube.

Here is the official brochure for those who want to read the details, and you can see what The Seattle Times thinks of it.

Week Program 21 13 7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
7G 4A SU WG
09/18
2014
Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1
Dvořák: Symphony #7
                 
09/25
2014
Dutilleux; Métaboles
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Dvořák: Symphony #8
                 
10/02
2014
Dvořák: Bagatelles
John Adams: Lollapalooza
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony #9, "From the New World"

 
 
 

 
 
 
   

 
 
 
   
 



 
 
10/30
2014
R. Strauss: Metamorphosen
Mozart: Requiem
                 
11/06
2014
Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4
                 
11/13
2014
Esteban Bezecry: Colors of the Southern Cross
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
                 
11/20
2014
Boccherini: String Quintet in E major
Rossini: The Barber of Seville Overture
Respighi: Church Windows
Beethoven: Symphony #6

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
       
 
 
 


 
12/11
2014
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty excerpts
                 
01/16
2015
Bach: Violin Concerto #2
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Beethoven: Symphony #3, "Eroica"
                 
01/29
2015
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3
Ives: Symphony #4
                 
02/05
2015
Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Debussy: Ibéria
Ravel: La valse
                 
02/12 Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17                  
03/12
2015
Sibelius: Finlandia
Sibelius: Symphony #1
Sibelius: Symphony #2
             

 
 
03/19
2015
Sibelius: Symphony #3
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony #4
                 
03/26
2015
Sibelius: Symphony #5
Sibelius: Symphony #6
Sibelius: Symphony #7
                 
04/02
2015
Szymanowski: Concert Overture
Chopin: Piano Concerto #2
Prokofiev: Symphony #5
             
 
 


 
04/16
2015
Schnittke: Violin Concerto #4
Shostakovich: Symphony #7, "Leningrad"
                 
04/23
2015
Sebastian Currier: World Premiere
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Schumann: Symphony #2
                 
04/30
2015
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4
Beethoven: Symphony #7
                 
05/28
2015
Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Borodin: Symphony #2
Prokofiev: Cinderella excerpts
                 
06/11
2015
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Julian Anderson: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony #1
             
 


 
 
06/18 Mahler: Symphony #3                  
Week Program 21 13 7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
7G 4A SU WG

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)
7G Masterworks 7-concert series G (Sunday afternoons)
4A Masterworks 4-concert series A (Friday afternoons)
SU Symphony Untuxed (Fridays, reduced program)
WG WolfGang (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 one concert not listed in the chart above: The Movie Music of John Williams.

This chart doesn't include concert series such as the Mozart Concertos or Distinguished Artists series which share no concerts with any of the Masterworks concerts.

Notes and changes:

  • The 7[AB], 7[CD], and 7[EF] concert series do not overlap, so you can create your own 14-concert 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 November 13 concert.
  • The non-Masterworks series line-up has been tweaked. The Mozart series is now a concerto series, and there is a Sunday Untuxed series for families.
  • The Sunday Untuxed series squeezes out the the Behind the Score series, though there is a one-shot Behind the Score concert for Sibelius's Fifth Symphony.

There are two festivals: Dvořák and Sibelius. Although there are no ticket packages specifically for the Dvořák or Sibelius concerts, tickets for the concerts are available individually so you can make your own festival.

And this year, they made a promotional video.

Comments (8)
  1. Evan says:

    I really enjoy the Korngold violin concerto a lot (especially mvmt 3). I feel like it's a bit of a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure it definitely is.

  2. breqwas says:

    Чайковский, Рахманинов, Мусоргский, Прокофьев, Шнитке, Шостакович, Бородин. Seven Russian composers in the symphony of some random American city in one season.

    Here we use to thing that the biggest thing that our nation gave to world culture is literature (Tolstoevsky, you know), but this little pocket guide implies that we're, well, wrong. :-) Or someone in the direction of that instituton is just a big fan of Russian music.

    This list notably lacks Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov. I can see some Rimsky-Korsakov works in previous seasons, but only one little ouverture by Glinka. Seems that "Pushkin of Russian music" is as unknown to foreign listeners as Pushkin is unknown to foreign readers. Alas!

  3. Gabe says:

    This looks like the second year in a row with no Bruckner. Do they have their own Bruckner jinx now?

  4. Maurits says:

    > again with no comments from me

    :-(

  5. voo says:

    @breqwas Sorry to say but while I know Pushkin (he's very well known in Europe I'd say?), never heard of Glinka. Seems a bit more exotic, but I guess I'll look that up sometime.

    And yeah some Bruckner wouldn't go amiss – although I guess as Austrian myself I may not be considered impartial?

  6. Engywuck says:

    breqwas, I have heard more of russian composers than I've read russian literature, as have many people I know, so you might rethink what's the most influental part of russian culture :-) Just recently discovered Шостакович, I'm especially impressed by 3rd and 4th movement of his eighth symphony. Although the seventh the Seattle Symphony plays this season is great I think the eighth deserves to be played more often.

  7. Neil says:

    breqwas gave be a bit of a headache but I was eventually able to match up the Cyrillic to the Roman names (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Schinttke, Shostakovich, Borodin).

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