The 2015/2016 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 the past several 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 2015/2016 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
09/24
2015
Mendelssohn: String Quartet #6
Beethoven: Symphony #4
Mahler: Symphony #1
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
10/01
2015
R. Strauss: Don Quixote
Brahms: Symphony #3
               
10/08
2015
Dvořák: A Hero's Song
Britten: Violin Concerto
R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
               
10/22
2015
Stravinsky: Symphony in C
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #1
Mozart: Symphony #41, "Jupiter"
               
11/05
2015
Giya Kancheli: World Premiere
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Martinů: Symphony #4
               
11/12
2015
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Bruch: Violin Concerto #1
Nielsen: Symphony #4, "The Inextinguishable"
             
 
 
 
11/19 Mahler: Symphony #10 (Cooke)                
12/03
2015
Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi
Fauré: Requiem
               
01/07
2016
Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture to The Tsar's Bride
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto #2
Tchaikovsky: Suite #3 in G
               
01/21
2016
Mozart: Selections from Idomeneo Ballet Music
Mozart: Violin Concerto #3
Haydn: Symphony #104, "London"
               
02/04
2016
R. Strauss: Don Juan
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3
Berio: Sinfonia (for 8 voices and orchestra)
               
02/11
2016
Ives: Three Places in New England
Bartók: Piano Concerto #3
Beethoven: Symphony #3, "Eroica"
               
03/10
2016
Haydn: Symphony #88
Mozart: Piano Concerto #23
Schoenberg: Transfigured Night
               
03/17
2016
John Adams: Scheherezade.2, Violin Concerto
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March #3
Respighi: Pines of Rome
             
 
 
 
03/24
2016
Glinka: Summer Night in Madrid
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade
               
04/07
2016
Mussorgsky: Introduction to Khovanshchina
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto #2
Brahms: Symphony #4
               
04/14
2016
Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Dvořák: Cello Concerto
Silvestrov: Symphony #5
             
 
 
 
04/21
2016
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Britten: Nocturne
Szymanowski: Symphony #3
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
               
04/28
2016
Dutilleux: Timbres, espace, mouvement
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4
Ewald: Symphony for Brass Quintet #3
Prokofiev: Symphony #7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
06/02
2016
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Shostakovich: Symphony #4
               
06/05
2016
Fauré: Masques et bergamasques
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Dvořák: Symphone #9, "New World"
               
06/09
2016
Anna Clyne: U.S. Premiere
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Beethoven: Symphony #7
               
Week Program 21 13 7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
7G 4A SU

Insider tip: Click a column header to focus on a specific series. (This feature has been around for several years, actually.)

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)

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 the 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.

This chart doesn't include concert series such as the 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 June 9 concert.

  • The non-Masterworks series line-up continues to be tweaked: Gone are the Mozart series and the The Sunday Untuxed short concerts for families. Two children's series were renamed but otherwise unchanged: Discover Music became Family Concerts, and Soundbridge Presents became Symphony Kids.

  • The long-time Wolfgang club, which targeted adults under age 40, and its accompanying series appear to be gone.

  • A Shakespeare-themed concert in April commemorates the 400th anniversary of his death.

This is the first season of a two-season cycle of Beethoven symphonies and piano concerti. Although there are no ticket packages specifically for the Beethoven concerts, tickets are available individually so you can make your own festival.

Comments (6)
  1. ChiefInspectorClouseau says:

    The Masterworks series appears true to its name, which is a fine thing.  If your local orchestra/choral unit ever performs Dan Forrest's "Requiem for the Living," though, you should definitely give it a listen.  It is only a few years old, and it is outstanding.  A local group in my area had a choral festival wherein they performed it.  You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch

    It was my introduction to the composer, to the piece, and to the local choral outfit, the Rivertree Singers.

  2. Mr Cranky says:

    I need this for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (http://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/…/1516all.htm), please.

  3. Mr Cranky says:

    Update: Well, the ratings, which you discontinued, are what I wanted.  So never mind.  I'll have to compile previous years' ratings and correlate.

    Besides, you knew I was kidding.

    [From what I can tell, Cincinnati has four non-overlapping series. No need for a complicated chart. -Raymond]
  4. Andreas Rejbrand says:

    @ChiefInspectorClouseau: Thanks for that YouTube link — that is amazing music.

  5. Evan says:

    @ChiefInspectorClouseau, I second Andreas on that.

  6. Engywuck says:

    thirded :-)

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