The Seattle Symphony, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz since 1983, has experienced great artistic growth, developing a reputation for innovative and adventurous programming. In 1998, the Symphony moved to its new home, Benaroya Hall, and three years later, Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center was opened. Soundbridge is a place where all ages come to explore symphonic music through exhibits, classes, and live-music presentations.
The Symphony’s education and community programs bring classical music to nearly 90,000 people, including students at 190 schools in the Pacific Northwest. The Symphony offers many events specially designed for children: Tiny Tots (from birth up to 5 years old), Discover Music! concerts (5–12), and Discover Music! enhancement classes. For young adults, the Campus Club offers $10 tickets with a free membership and the Wolfgang membership for adults in their 20s and 30s offers discounted membership and special events. Throughout the year, the Seattle Symphony also gives free community concerts, featuring young artists and local high-school orchestras.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: About 220 annually
- Ticket Prices: $10–$97. Campus Club, a free service of the SSO, allows college students to purchase tickets for $10
- Group Discounts: Discounts for groups of 10 or more
- Subscriptions: Subscription options include the UBS Masterworks Series, available for weeknights, weekends, or matinées in packages of 4, 7, 10, 13, or 22 concerts; Seattle Pops, five concerts, you select a single day of the week and time; Musically Speaking, six concerts, matinées, music, and a lecture series; Basically Baroque, three concerts; and Mainly Mozart, four concerts on Thursdays or Saturdays; among many many others. Benefits include passes to Meet the Musicians events, a free ticket for your birthday, and ticket exchanges (with at least 24 hours notice)
- Membership: Basic membership begins at $75 and benefits include a Symphony membership card entitling you to a 15% discount at a variety of area restaurants and businesses
- Other Benefits: At significantly higher giving levels, members can enjoy a customized symphony experience to suit their personal interests, invitations to exclusive Stradivarius Salon dinners with guest artists, and a private one-on-one dinner with Maestro Gerard Schwarz.