Thursday, January 18th, 2018
200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101-3428
At the age of 12, most young boys' primary goal is finding a girlfriend or hitting a new level in "Call of Duty" -- unless, that is, their name is Sergei Prokofiev. As a preteen, the precocious prodigy was writing his own symphonies and operas, annoying his older conservatory classmates with his tendency to keep statistics of all of their mistakes, and experimenting with dissonant and polytonal harmonies that would come to define his iconoclastic approach to composing. In the Prokofiev Concerto Festival at Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Symphony joins with a group of stellar soloists to perform some of the composer's earliest works: Piano Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 2. When Russian audiences first heard the young Prokofiev's daring and experimental work, one disgruntled guest exclaimed, "The cats on the roof make better music!" -- but you'll probably have a much warmer reaction to this night of compositions by one of the 20th century's most influential composers.