Seattle Symphony

Oh, My, God, Becky
11:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Critics Debate Sir Mix-A-Lot's Show At Seattle Symphony

Sir Mix-A-Lot is joined on stage at Benaroya Hall by the Seattle Symphony and a troupe of spirited dancers.
Credit Seattle Symphony YouTube Video

Critics are squabbling over Seattle Symphony's latest program: teaming up with Sir Mix-A-Lot and some dancing women at Benaroya Hall in a performance of "Baby Got Back."

You don't associate orchestral music with liking big butts and not lying, but the video of the performance is a hit — more than two million views on YouTube so far. (Scroll down to watch the video.)

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A Rite Of Spring
9:03 am
Thu June 12, 2014

They Won't Boo This Time: An All-Stravinsky Bill At Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ludovic Morlot
photo by Ben Van Houten, courtesy SSO

Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky's career spanned most of the 20th century, but chances are you know him best for a piece of music he wrote when he was just starting out: "Rite of Spring."

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I Like ...
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

My Posse's At The Symphony? Sir Mix-A-Lot Goes Classical

Hip hop artist Anthony Ray, aka Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot about his upcoming performance with the Seattle Symphony.

Update: The performance was a hit, with women from the audience getting on stage and dancing to Mix's classic, "Baby Got Back."  

Seattle Symphony
3:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dave Beck Contemplates The Challenges Of A 21st Century Symphony

Attracting a younger crowd is a big challenge for the Seattle Symphony.
Flickr Photo/@HyeonsikMoon (CC-BY-NC-ND)

When the League of American Orchestras' annual meeting kicks off in Seattle on June 6, the almost 1,000 conventioneers will have more than classical music on their minds. American symphony orchestras are thinking about survival in an era where potential audiences have the world available at the tap of a smart phone.

Classical musician and radio host Dave Beck of Seattle's KING-FM jokes "there are lots of people in classical music audiences whose hair is even grayer than mine."

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'Classically Cannabis'
7:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Seattle Symphony Has No Plans For Pot Concerts

File photo of the Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra playing at Benaroya Hall.

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 5:21 pm

The only people inhaling at Seattle Symphony concerts will be the wind-instrument players. The Symphony says it has no plans to follow the lead of the Colorado Symphony and hold marijuana-friendly concerts.

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Classics in Concert
10:19 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Seattle Symphony, New Pulitzer Winner At Carnegie Hall

Composer John Luther Adams accepts enthusiastic applause from the Carnegie Hall audience after the New York premiere of his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Become Ocean, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Melanie Burford for NPR Music

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:19 pm

The great outdoors is a perennial theme in classical music, usually expressed through bucolic or picturesque works. But the Seattle Symphony knew that to appear on Spring for Music — an annual festival of adventurous programming by North American orchestras — it required a more unusual, daring take on this theme.

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Pulitzer Prize
2:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

John Luther Adams Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

The Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.
Credit Flickr Photo/Derrick Coetzee (CC BY-NC-ND)

Composer John Luther Adams was as surprised as anybody when the Pulitzer Prize committee called him Monday, April 14, to let him know he'd won the prize for his composition "Become Ocean."

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Seattle Symphony Media
9:33 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Seattle Symphony Launches New Venture To Release Own Recordings

The Seattle Symphony performs at Benaroya Hall.
Flickr Photo/kmaschke (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Seattle Symphony is joining the ranks of other major orchestras across the country with the creation of an in-house production company called Seattle Symphony Media.

The venture launches with the release of three new recordings, one of which was made during a live performance.

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Music
4:59 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Seattle Symphony And Opera Musicians Authorize Strike

Members of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players' Organization (SSOPO) voted October 15 to authorize a strike.  In a statement on its website, SSOPO representatives say the latest contract offers from both organizations call for 15 percent reductions in pay and benefits for the 2012-2013 season.  That's on top of concessions the musicians have already made.  The union says its membership can't take further cuts.  

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