Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

Free Events At Benaroya Hall //

Join Us for Free Events at Benaroya Hall…

Seattle Chamber Music Society is pleased to offer a number of free events at Benaroya Hall during both the Winter and Summer Festivals. These added programs help to enhance the Festival and bring the experience to life for every music lover.


Pre-Concert Recital

Pre-Concert RecitalsFree
A 30-minute performance precedes each concert featuring one or two Festival musicians in repertoire of their choosing with informal commentary.


Meet the Artists

Meet the Artists Free
Join us for a moderated 15-minute, casual conversation with one or two Festival musicians immediately following each concert. This is your chance to ask questions of the artists directly! Musicians will be posted prior to the performance in the lobby at Benaroya Hall the day of the concert.


Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals Free – in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the intense collaborative effort of professional musicians preparing for a chamber music performance in these informal rehearsals.

Friday, July 7 – 1:15pm
Korngold’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in E Major, Op. 15
Andrew Wan, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Yura Lee, Clive Greensmith, Andrew Armstrong

Wednesday, July 12 – 1:15pm
Dvořák’s Quartet for Piano and Strings in D Major, Op. 23
Paul Huang, Michael Klotz, Ronald Thomas, Inon Barnatan

Monday, July 17 – 1:15pm
Chausson’s Quartet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 30
Paul Huang, Jonathan Vinocour, Astrid Schween, Max Levinson

Friday, July 21 – 1:15pm
Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life”
Erin Keefe, Tessa Lark, Jonathan Vinocour, Astrid Schween

Wednesday, July 26 – 1:15pm
Kernis’ Trio in Red
Ricardo Morales, Bion Tsang, Jeewon Park

Classical Conversations

Classical Conversation Series — Free – at the Soundbridge Learning Center (on the corner of 2nd Ave. & Union St.)
Join us for the recording of our Classical Conversation Podcast. Host Dave Beck of Classical KING FM 98.1 leads an informal and in-depth discussion with a Festival musician. You can subscribe to the Classical Conversation series podcast on our audio page or iTunes!

Friday, July 7 – 12:00pm
Andrew Armstrong, piano

Wednesday, July 12 – 12:00pm
Lorna McGhee, flute (hosted by Peter Newman)

Friday, July 21 – 12:00pm
Astrid Schween, cello (hosted by Seneca Garber)

Here are a few pictures from our past Festivals – Meet the Artists and Classical Conversation Series