Concert Overview

Prior to each SCMS Festival, we commission a Preview Lecture from a local musical expert, which is related to the programming of our upcoming concert series. Topics are varied, and can include musical themes, biographical sketches of composers, or the history of musical forms.

The lecture is presented at several area locations, including retirement communities and social clubs. We strive to offer at least one presentation in a public setting. If you are interested in hosting an SCMS Preview Lecture, please contact our Director of Education.

Musical Dialogues: Stories Without Words

How do musicians use music to talk to each other? How do composers use their music to convey a story or communicate with past composers? Can we really communicate with the underworld through music? Dr. Julia Tai, Director of Orchestra at Seattle Pacific University, Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest, and the founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra, will guide you through musical selections from the SCMS Winter Festival programs and show how music can be more powerful than words in creating dialogues.

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Library
93 Pike Street #307
Located above DeLaurenti’s

Past lectures have included:

2018 Summer Festival – Beethoven & Brahms: Rebellion & Tradition
with Adam Stern, Music Director of the Seattle Philharmonic & Sammamish Symphony

2018 Winter Festival – What Makes a Mendelssohn? How One Family Created Two Musical Prodigies
with Aaron Grad, composer, guitarist, and artistic consultant

Free event

More to Hear

classical conversation

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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Master Classes

SCMS Festival musicians work with individual students and small chamber ensembles to coach them on select repertoire. Select Master Classes are open to the public to attend and watch.

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Winter Festival

The Winter Festival includes 6 concerts and 6 free Pre-Concert Recitals, as well as family events and other free programs. Enjoy world class performances at the acoustically superb Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall.

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