The Seattle Symphony Orchestra is a cornerstone organization in Seattle's classical scene and has earned recognition for its community outreach, innovative programming, and stellar recording catalog. During Gerard Schwarz's tenure as music director in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the orchestra blossomed into a world-class ensemble. The Seattle Symphony has won five Grammy and two Emmy awards. Thomas Dausgaard has been the orchestra's music director since 2019. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1903, its first concert taking place December 29 that year at Christensen's Hall, led by violinist/conductor Harry West. The ensemble consisted of just 24 musicians that night but expanded to 52 in 1907 when the Seattle Symphony Society was established and incorporated. That organization appointed a new conductor, Michael ...
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