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December 22, 2017

After Hours: Ring out 2017 at Benaroya Hall

End the year with Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” or the music of Ray Charles at the Seattle Symphony.

SEATTLE — Looking for an uplifting way to end 2017? Seattle Symphony is offering the beauty and drama of Beethoven's “Ninth Symphony” on Dec. 28-30, and a piano recital and party on Dec. 31 in Benaroya Hall.

Ludwig van Beethoven's final complete symphony was first performed in 1824, and is now one of the best-known works of western music. Seattle Symphony says the choral symphony is “alternately awe-inspiring and uplifting, with the Ode to Joy as the crowning jewel.”

Alastair Willis will conduct, with Angela Meade, soprano; Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano; Isaiah Bell, tenor; and Michael Sumuel, baritone; along with the Seattle Symphony Chorale. They will also perform Mozart's “Magic Flute Overture” and Williams' “Flos campi.”

And if you are looking for a New Year's Eve bash, pianist and singer Tony DeSare will play a century of piano hits by Gershwin, Elton John, John Lennon and Ray Charles on Dec. 31. The night will end with Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue.” Stay for the post-concert party, with a glass of champagne and dancing.

Information and tickets are at seattlesymphony.org

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