Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Every year, I put together a little pocket guide to the
Seattle Symphony subscription season
for my symphony friends to help them decide which
ticket package they want.
As before, you might find it helpful, you might not, but here it is anyway.
This chart doesn't include "one-off" concert series such
as the Visiting Orchestras or Distinguished Artists series.
Explanations for the partial blocks:
The 18A series gets the 11/8 program; 18B gets 11/10.
The Musically Speaking concerts typically omit one of the pieces
from the evening program, substituting on-stage commentary.
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 and rated up pieces that I may not
find musically satisfying but which nevertheless tend to be
These predictions have, of course, proven wrong in the past.
this season, my rating of "Okay" for Copland's Music for the Theatre
was too optimistic.
Here's what the comments mean.
Note that they do not indicate whether the piece is significant in
a musicological sense; they're just my guess as to whether my friends
are going to like it.
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).