Holy cow, I wrote a book!
I put together this little pocket guide to the
2006/2007 Seattle Symphony subscription season
for my symphony friends to help them decide which
ticket package they wanted.
Maybe it'll help you, too.
But since I already put it together, I may as well post it.
Explanatory notes follow the table.
This chart doesn't include "one-off" concert series such
as the Visiting Orchestras or Distinguished Artists series.
Two boxes in the Bravo series are marked ½.
The Thursday Bravo series includes the Ravel concert,
whereas the Saturday Bravo series includes the Beethoven concert.
The comments column very crudely categorizes the works
to assist my less-classically-aware friends.
This is, of course, a highly subjective rating system,
but I tried to view each piece from the ears of somebody new.
Thus, I rated downward pieces that I personally like
but which others might not.
These predictions have, of course, proven wrong in the past.
this season, I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of my
friends started getting into Kodály after hearing the
Dances of Galanta.
(I consider Kodály an acquired taste.)
Here's what the comments mean:
A question mark means that I am not familiar with the piece
and am basing my evaluation on what I know about the composer
(or am just guessing).