Musical Ensembles

Music is part of what makes us human, and as such the mark of a culturally advanced city can be heard rather than seen. A strong music landscape is a vital part of a city's arts scene and adds to the overall quality of life. The love and support of Seattle's music scene is unquestioned, and the area has gained a reputation for fostering talented contemporary performers. In addition to its support of rock and popular music, Seattle has a number of nationally respected fine music ensembles. Some of the most notable:

Northwest Chamber Orchestra

911 Pine St, 206-343-0445
Formed in 1973, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to presenting the highest quality of classical and contemporary chamber music. Twenty professional string musicians serve as the core of the orchestra, accompanied by a talented ensemble of local wind, brass and percussion players. In addition, a number of renowned guest musicians join the orchestra for performances each season. The orchestra performs in the intimate Ilsey Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall within Benaroya Hall. The "Music in the Park" series is held during the summer at Stimson Auditorium in the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.
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Seattle Symphony

200 University St, 206-215-4747
The Seattle Symphony has been at the forefront of the city's cultural scene ever since its first performance in 1903. In the last 20 years the Seattle Symphony has experienced an era of unprecedented artistic growth, with a reputation for original and daring programming and recording. The Seattle Symphony has dedicated itself to performing often-overlooked masterworks by mid-20th century composers. In 1998 the Seattle Symphony opened the doors of its new home, Benaroya Hall. This architecturally stunning venue occupies an entire city block, and hosts both a 2,500-seat auditorium and a 540-seat recital hall (both of which have superb acoustics).
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Seattle Baroque Orchestra

2366 Eastlake Ave E Suite 406, 206-322-3188
The focus of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra is the chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The orchestra hopes to open new audiences to this music through inspired performances of both familiar and underappreciated works. All of the musicians play either historical instruments or replicas of historical instruments. Concerts are held either at the Illsey Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall or at the Kirkland Performance Center.
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Seattle Opera

1020 John St, 206-389-7676
Long recognized as one of the leading opera companies in the United States, Seattle Opera offers theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances. Performing in the acclaimed new Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, the Seattle Opera is at the forefront of the city's cultural scene.
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Earshot Jazz

3429 Fremont Place #309, 206-547-6763
Earshot Jazz is a non-profit service organization formed in 1984 to support the growth of jazz as an art form and to increase exposure of jazz to the community. Earshot Jazz publishes a monthly newsletter, presents creative music and educational programs, assists jazz artists, increases listenership, complements existing services and programs, and networks with the national and international jazz community. Earshot presents or co-presents around 100 concerts each year, as well as the three week long Earshot Jazz Festival.
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