Spring Arts Preview 2016: Classical

The classical music and operas to take in this season

By Jim Demetre

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February 22, 2016

This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Symphony

Brahms’ Symphony No. 4

4/7–4/9

Conductor David Zinman leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 follows, reimagined by young violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747

Piano

Murray Perahia

4/20

Perahia, one of the great pianists of our time, comes to Meany Hall, where he will perform an evening of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. UW Meany Hall, 4140 George Washington Lane NE; 206.543.4880

Opera

The Flying Dutchman

5/7–5/21

Richard Wagner’s romantic tale of the cursed sea captain and his eternal search for a wife who might end his suffering concludes the Seattle Opera’s season. The production, by Christopher Alden, was originally created by the Canadian Opera Company. Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.389.7676

Opera

Orphée

5/20–5/22

Gluck’s 1774 opera about Orpheus and his descent into the underworld to retrieve Eurydice is performed by Pacific MusicWorks. The new production will be directed by French director Gilbert Blin, celebrated opera director of the Boston Early Music Festival. Times and prices vary. UW Meany Hall, 4140 George Washington Lane NE; 206.543.4880

Symphony

Shostakovich Symphony No. 4

6/2–6/4

The Seattle Symphony performs Shostakovich’s famous work, along with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747

 

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