Update from Seattle Symphony: The SSO has stopped taking RSVPs for tickets to the free May 2 concerts because of overwhelming response. That said, there might be no-shows, so the orchestra will give away those seats to walk-ups on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis on the night of the performances.
Why: Seattle Symphony has been chosen for the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall and will perform at CH on May 6. The night before, a group of players will drop in at the Lower East Side cabaret (Le) Poisson Rouge and perform a program that riffs on the orchestra’s [untitled] series. Can’t make the jaunt to the Big Apple? You can still hear the programs — for free — in two concerts here at home on Friday, May 2.
How: RSVP by April 10 to (206) 215-4757 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are first-come, first-served.
What: At 7 p.m. May 2, the SSO will perform John Luther Adams’ “Become Ocean”; Debussy’s “La Mer”; and Varese’s “Deserts.” At 10, a small group of players will drift in to the lobby and play Debussy’s Pagodes; Varèse’s “Density 21.5”; John Cage’s “Imaginary Landscape No. 1”; Vladimir Nikolaev’s Jimi Hendrix–inspired piece, “vnik-ton experience”; “Much Difference,” a Pearl Jam–inspired world premiere by Seattle-born composer Angelique Poteat; and Adams’ “Light Within.”