Hot! Tonight in Music: Seattle Symphony, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Pocket Panda

Posted by on September 11th, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Seattle Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala @ Benaroya Hall | 9/11 | 7PM | Advance Tickets

Tonight is opening night for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, marking it’s 107th season. It also marks the final season for Music Director, Gerard Schwarz. After 26 years, numerous accolades, and a devotion to the program, Maestro Schwarz will assume the title of Conductor Laureate beginning with the 2011-2012 season. The night’s featured program is the world premier of Schwarz’s own, The Human Spirit. The program will also include the world premiere of Composer in Residence Samuel Jones’ Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (“Songs of a Wayfarer”), and Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59.

For those of you who support the classical arts, the evening is sure to be a moving experience not to be missed.

Pocket Panda, The Dating Pool, & Levator @ ToST Lounge | 9/11 |  9PM

If the Seattle Symphony is not quite your cup of tea but you’re still yearning for some sweet orchestration in your life, ToST Lounge is the joint tonight. Featuring local synth-pop mini-orchestra, Pocket Panda,  you’ll surely fill your desire for structured, melodic tunes complete with woodwinds and strings but they will also draw you in with their harmonic vocals layered with delicately placed synth. When they aren’t whisking you away into a dream-like trance, Pocket Panda will jolt you out of your seat and onto the dance floor; truly a best of both worlds situation.

JJ Grey & MOFRO w/ Hot Buttered Rum Trio @ Showbox Market | 9/11 | 7:30PM | $20 In Advance

Also in town this evening, JJ Grey & MOFRO. For the full preview posted earlier by SSG, click here. Otherwise, enjoy this excerpt and video.

Grey & MOFRO play music that can be classified under many different labels–swamp rock, blues, country, Americana, funk, or soul but according to Grey, ultimately it’s about using your influences and then letting go to create your own personal flavor. However you want to explain it doesn’t really matter; when you can find a band that plays Bonnaroo one week, an all-blues festival the next, then on to an event like Jam Cruise, it’s obvious that there is a widespread appeal not just a specific demographic. – Jodi Kaufer, SSG 9/9/10

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