It was a cold winter’s day – December 29, 1903 – when Harry F. West stood at the podium and with his baton conducted the first performance of the 24-member Seattle Symphony Orchestra. They played a little Massenet, Schubert, Rossini, and even a cavatina from The Queen of Sheba. Since, the Seattle Symphony has had countless performances, completed more than 140 recordings and has received 12 Grammy nominations and 2 Emmy Awards.
Today, with Music Director Ludovic Morlot, assisted by Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor, Stilian Kirov, Associate Conductor, and Joseph Crnko, Associate Conductor for Choral Activities, the Seattle Symphony has over 80 orchestra members, has over 200 performances a year, and is enjoyed by more than 315,000 people annually.
From Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring to Holst’s The Planets, Seattle Symphony plays the best classical music has to offer while exploring new works. That, and focus on education and community enrichment. Those programs reach an additional 100,000 people a year of all ages, including more than 50,000 students from preschool through college.
For more information about the Seattle Symphony, its season and its programs, please visit www.seattlesymphony.org.