2019 Winter Festival

January 18-27, 2019 | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benroya Hall

Festival Overview

It is with tremendous pride that I invite you to our 2019 Winter Festival, one that is sure to delight and inspire.

This season we explore the development of music from the iconic romantic classics of Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms, through inventive and emotional masterpieces of the mid-20th century. Special highlights include Beethoven’s famous “Ghost” piano trio, with its haunting, spectral 2nd movement (Jan. 18), Brahms’ magnificent Op. 25 Piano Quartet (Jan. 19), Janáček’s first String Quartet, based on Tolstoy’s riveting novella “The Kreutzer Sonata” (Jan. 25), and a Festival-closing all-French concert on Jan. 27 featuring masterpieces of Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Debussy.

Please join us for this musical feast in the glorious acoustics of Nordstrom Recital Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

James Ehnes
Artistic Director

pre-concert recitals
family concerts
park concerts
open rehearsals
classical conversations

Your Concert Experience

Pre-Concert Recitals

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 15-minute Q&A.

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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Open Rehearsals

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

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“The ensemble seemed to become an organic entity. Each note seeped sinuously from one instrument to the next. Each phrase closed with an almost palpable breath as the musicians dove headfirst into the next tenuously heartbreaking line.”

— Vanguard Seattle

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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Crescendo Concerts

This concert series takes place in private homes, and each performance is followed by a reception with the artists to create an intimate opportunity to experience chamber music as it was originally conceived, music between friends.

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Summer Festival

Each July we offer 12 concerts at Benaroya Hall, each preceded by a Pre-Concert Recital. The Summer Festival also includes events in local parks, as well as other free events.

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