2019 Summer Festival

Festival Overview

Join us at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall for 12 thrilling concerts and 12 free Pre-Concert Recitals. Each concert is also broadcast live in to local Seattle Parks with our Music Under the Stars program. Parks include Delridge Playfield in West Seattle, Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, Freeway Park in Downtown, and Columbia Park in Columbia City. Other events include free Open Rehearsals and Classical Conversations, as well as our community celebration of chamber music to wrap up the Summer Festival, Chamber Music in the Park at Volunteer Park.

Check back in March for complete details about all our Summer Festival programs.

Your Concert Experience


Join us 90-minutes before every concert for a free Pre-Concert Recital. One or two Festival musicians play repertoire of their choosing with a brief introduction from the stage.

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Meet the Artists

After every performance two of that evening’s musicians will answer your questions in this short, moderated 15-minute Q&A.


Dave Beck of Classical KING-FM 98.1 leads these informative and informal conversations with Festival musicians that are recorded live for our podcast series.

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Take a behind the scenes look at the collaborative effort at how musicians prepare for a chamber music concert.

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More to Hear

Family Concert

These delightful concerts are the perfect introduction for children ages 5-10. This Winter Festival you’ll hear beloved children’s stories like Goodnight Moon and Ferdinand the Bull set to some of classical music’s most popular tunes.

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Pack a picnic and join us for a live audio broadcast of every concert during the Summer Festival at local Seattle parks. Each concert includes a live performances by talented local students.

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Chamber music in the park

Join us for a live performance at Volunteer Park. This concert, featuring our Festival musicians, lasts about an hour and is the perfect way to wrap up the summer concert series.

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