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 2012/2013 season.
Seattle Times coverage.)
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.
The WolfGang series is available only to members of the
This chart doesn't include "one-off" concert series such
as the Mainly Mozart or Distinguished Artists series.
A "one-off" series is a concert series which shares no concerts
with any other series.
Changes from last season:
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 don't like minimalism,
and I suspect they don't like serialism,
so I rated the Adams and Berg down even though I think they're quite good.
They also don't like vocal pieces.
On the other hand, it turns out that I overcame my
so I can at least give the Bruckner a positive score this time.
Let's just hope it's
not the Hass edition.)
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).