Holy cow, I wrote a book!
I put together a
little pocket guide
to the Seattle Symphony
for my symphony friends to help them decide which
ticket package they want.
As before, you might find it helpful, you might not, but either way,
you're going to have to suffer through it.
Here's the at-a-glance season guide for
the first season with newly-appointed music director
(Full brochure [pdf].)
For those not familiar with the Seattle Symphony ticket package line-ups:
Most of the ticket packages are named Masterworks nX where
the number is the number of concerts in the package, and the letter
indicates which variation.
Ticket packages have been combined if they are
identical save for the day of the week.
For example, 7C and 7D are the same concerts;
the only difference is that 7C is for Thursday nights, while 7D is
for Saturday nights.
The Beyond the Score concerts focus on only one of the pieces.
Changes from last season:
This chart doesn't include "one-off" concert series such
as the Visiting Orchestras or Distinguished Artists series.
A "one-off" series is a concert series which shares no concerts
with any other series.
(Baroque & Wine and Symphony Specials
are grandfathered in;
I'll probably omit them in future years.)
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 my symphony friends.
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.
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.
I know that my friends hate minimalism,
so I rated the Adams down even though I myself might enjoy it.
They also aren't big fans of Bruckner.)
In many cases, I am not familiar with the piece
and am basing my evaluation on what I know about the composer
(or am just guessing).