Northwest NEWS

November 27, 2000


Benaroya Hall rings in the holiday season with festive performances

* by Deborah Stone
   The Seattle Symphony ushers in the holiday season at Benaroya Hall with a month of festive performances including Handel's "Messiah," The Klezmer Conservatory Band, a "Holiday Organ Sing-Along," "Canadian Brass Holiday Pops," Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" and the popular "New Year's Eve Concert & Gala."
   The Canadian Brass joins with the Seattle Symphony Dec. 7-10 to perform a variety of music from composers such as Bach, Wagner and Ellington, in an eclectic musical celebration that ranges from Baroque to jazz.
   Five performances of Handel's "Messiah" will be presented Dec. 13-17, featuring the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Chorale, led by Gerard Schwarz, with guest artists Esther Heideman, Elizabeth Shammash, Robert McPherson and Clayton Brainerd.
   On Dec. 20 the acclaimed Klezmer Conservatory Band will bring their traditional Jewish Klezmer music, along with jazz, folk and the classics, to Benaroya Hall for an evening of spirited entertainment.
   "Holiday Organ Sing-Along" is scheduled for Dec. 22-23 and features the Symphony's Watjen Concert Organ, played by organist Joseph Adam.
   Audiences can sing along with traditional carols and hear seasonal works by Rutter, Willcocks, Dupre and Pinkham.
   Two performances of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" with the uplifting "Ode to Joy" finale will be performed by the Seattle Symphony, led by Maestro Gerard Schwarz, on Dec. 29 and 30. Special guest soloists will join the Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony Chorale for these exciting shows.
   To conclude the season, Seattle Symphony's "New Year's Eve Concert & Gala" will give concertgoers a grand evening of traditional Viennese music and a post-concert celebration with champagne, delectables and dancing to the music of "The High Rollers."
   Additional events for the month of December at Benaroya Hall include the Northwest Girlchoir, Seattle Men's Chorus, Northwest Boychoir, Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the a capella group, The Coats.
   For ticket information call (206) 215-4747 or visit the Symphony's Website at