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Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra: Legendary Women

Past event
$35 / $24 / FREE under age 16

Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Jenny Knapp, mezzo-soprano
Adam Stern, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Mel Bonis – Le songe de Cléopâtre (US premiere)
Camille Saint-Saëns – “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson and Delilah
Jules Massenet – “J’ai versé le poison” from Cléopâtre
Georges Bizet – “Seguidilla and Habanera” from Carmen
Ruth Gipps – Symphony No. 4 (US premiere)

A concert featuring first US performances of music by two women who bucked the mores of their times and produced important bodies of work in spite of the prevailing prejudice against women as composers. Mel Bonis (1858-1937), a contemporary of her compatriots Claude Debussy and Ernest Chausson, wrote evocative music simultaneously Romantic and Impressionistic. The Philharmonic follows up its 2018 US premiere of Ruth Gipps’ (1921-1999) Symphony No. 2 with the like premiere of her Symphony No. 4, considered by many her masterpiece. Also on the program are selections from operas in which the central female characters are the stuff of legends: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, and a sampling of arias from French operas with a local treasure, mezzo-soprano Jenny Knapp.

Tickets: $35 ($24 students/seniors, FREE under age 16)

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