Seattle Symphony to offer free broadcasts as hall closes

Seattle Symphony has announced that it will offer free rebroadcasts and livestreams over the next month, in response to the closure of all large public events in Washington State. State governor Jay Inslee said that events of more than 250 people could not take place until at least 31 March due to Covid-19.

Alexander White, associate principal trumpet and chairperson of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization, commented: “As musicians, we unite in good times and bad to make music as a community, for our community. So, to our friends in Seattle and our friends around the world, here is our gift to you in the language we know best: music.”

Added music director Thomas Dausgaard: “Even though we can’t gather at Benaroya Hall, I’m so happy we’ll still be sharing musical moments together, whether you’re at home in Seattle or halfway across the world.”

Upcoming performances include a live rendition of Mahler’s Symphony No 1 led by Dausgaard on 14 March via YouTube and Facebook. More details of upcoming performances can be found at